Empowered Superintendents

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Superintendents can make or break educational technology initiatives. They are responsible for ensuring that their school districts embrace transformative digital learning. CoSN collaborates with superintendents to assess their challenges and increase their capacities to lead technology efforts. We are dedicated to helping current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams to build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence.
 
Empowered Superintendents Toolkit is done in partnership with AASA, the School Superintendents Association. CoSN is grateful to the following sponsors for their support: ENA, Filewave, Fortinet, JAMF Software, Kajeet, and Pearson.

Just Released!

Our new Superintendent one-pagers are a comprehensive, consistent set of resources on various edtech topics that guide and empower superintendents and their leadership teams in leading the digital transformation. 
 
These materials will help superintendents communicate to stakeholders on important edtech topics. 

Accessibility: A Key to Creating an Equitable, Effective Learning Ecosystem Everywhere, all the Time for all Students.

Cloud Computing: E-mail, Learning Management Systems, and Productivity Tools - You've Made It to the Cloud! Now What?

The Importance of Cybersecurity

Leadership for Mobile Learning: How Can Districts Find Success with 1:1 Implementations? Start with the "Why"!

Online Assessment: An Evolving Landscape. New Opportunities. 

Student Data Privacy: A School System Priority. An Essential Commitment.

Smart Network Design for Transformation & Innovation - part of the SEND Initiative 

Strategic Technology Planning and Investment: Aligning Priorities. Balancing Choice, Cost & Outcomes. - part of the SmartIT initiative

Closing the Homework Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Learning Beyond the Classroom 

 

 

 

Education technology is a growing part of any superintendents' role. In focus groups and interviews with superintendents nationwide, we heard that ed tech projects inspire a lot of excitement, but also a lot of trepidation. To help empower superintendents in this area, we created an Empowered Superintendent Toolkit. Read and download Version 3.0 that was released in partnership with AASA, the School Superintendents Association.

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The Executive Summary will give you an overall introduction to the Empowered Superintendent Toolkit. Learn what's new in version 3.0 and view our skill areas, tools, and action steps at a glance.

Module 1 will help you truly dive into the Toolkit. Explore the issues more in-depth with a detailed examination of our Five Imperatives for Technology Leadership. Packed with testimonials, case studies, and more, Module 1 will give you a new perspective on the most important things you need to do to lead.

Module 2 will give you the Four Action Steps for Strengthening the Technology Leadership Team. How can you best leverage your team and structure its experience to foster the power of technology in education?

Additional resources: Superintendent Self-Assessment, District Leadership Team Assessment, CETL Certification Flyer, CTO Evaluation Rubric, CTO Interview Questions, CTO Job Description, CTO Self-Assessment, and References and Resources.

 

NEW Online Tools

Superintendents Advisory Panel

Dr. Peter Aiken 
Superintendent
Manheim Central SD, PA                
 
Dr. Jeanne Barker
Superintendent
Lenoir City Schools, TN
Dr. Steven Baule
Superintendent
Muncie Community Schools, IN
 
Dr. Luvelle Brown 
Superintendent
Ithaca City School District, NY
Dr. Karen Chesar
Superintendent
Ft. Thomas Ind. Schools, KY
 
Dr. Lewis Ferebee
Superintendent
Indianapolis Public Schools, IN
Dr. Chris Gaines
Superintendent
Mehlville School District, MO
 
Dr. Philip Hickman
Superintendent
Columbus Municipal School
District, MS
 
Dr. Carol Kelley 
Superintendent
Oak Park Elementary District 97,  IL 
 
Dr. Pat Kinlaw
Superintendent
Henrico County Public Schools, VA
Dr. James Lane
Superintendent
Chesterfield County Public
Schools, VA
 
Dr. Gary Lilly 
Superintendent
Bristol Tennessee City Schools
 
Ms. Ann Linson
Superintendent
East Noble School Corporation, IN
 
Dr. Michael Lubelfield 
Superintendent
Deerfield Public School
District 209, IL
 
Dr. Susan Patterson
Superintendent
Cullman City Schools, AL
 
Dr. Kamela Patton
Superintendent
Collier County Public Schools, FL
Dr. Nick Polyak
Superintendent
Leyden High SD 212, IL
 
Dr. Jim Roberts
Superintendent
Bartholomew Consolidated
School Corp., IN
 
Dr. David Schuler, Chair
Superintendent
Township High School
District 214, IL
 
Dr. William Shields
Superintendent
Community Consolidated School District 93, IL
Dr. Andre Spencer
Superintendent
Harrison School District 2, CO
 
 
Mr. Randall Squier
Superintendent
Coxsackie-Athens Central
School District, NY
 
Dr. Mike Winstead
Superintendent
Maryville City Schools, TN
 
Dr. Donna Wright
Superintendent
Wilson County Schools, TN
 
Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss
Superintendent
Salisbury Township
School District, PA
 

CoSN Board Panel Members:
Ms. Lillian Kellogg

Senior Vice President, Client Services
Education Networks of America, TN

Mr. Lenny Schad
Chief Technology Information Officer
Houston Independent School District, TX

CoSN Staff Panel Members:
Mr. Keith Krueger
CoSN Chief Executive Officer
Washington, DC

Marci Giang
CoSN Director of Professional Advancement 
Washington, DC

Ms. Ann McMullan
CoSN Empowered Superintendents Project Director
Los Angeles, CA

 
 
 
 


Endorsers

  • AASA, The School Superintendents Association
  • School Superintendents of Alabama
  • Alaska Superintendents Association 
  • Arizona School Administrators
  • Colorado Association of School Executives 
  • Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents
  • Idaho Association of School Administrators
  • Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents
  • Kansas School Superintendents Associations
  • Louisiana Association of School Executives
  • Michigan Association of School Administrators 
  • Mississippi Association of School Administrators
  • Missouri Association of School Administrators
  • Montana Association of School Superintendents
  • New Hampshire School Administrators Association
  • New York State Council of School Superintendents
  • North Carolina Association of School Administrators
  • Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents
  • Texas Association of School Administrators

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head with a turned on light bulb icontwo people holding up one person iconThis CoSN resource is related to the following skill areas from CoSN's Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO