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 and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams to build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence.
CoSN is grateful to the following sponsors for their support: ENA, Filewave, Fortinet, JAMF Software, Kajeet, and Pearson.

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, below.

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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 in to 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.


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Superintendents Advisory Panel

Lenny Schad, Board Liaison
Chief Technology Of
Houston Independent School District, TX

Darryl Adams
Coachella Valley USD, CA

Timothy Baird
Encinitas Union School District, CA

Steven Baule
Muncie Community Schools

Dallas Dance
Baltimore County Public Schools

Lewis Ferebee
Indianapolis Public Schools

Donna Hargens
Jefferson County Public Schools KY

Chris Hon
Poplar Bluff MO

Gene Kirchner
Fort Thomas Independent Schools

Ann Linson
East Noble School Corporation

Terry Nichols
Duarte Unified Schools

Kamela Patton
Collier County FL

Andre Spencer
Harrison School District Two CO

Devin Vodicka
Vista Unified School District

David Schuler, Chair
Township High School District 214, IL

Lil Kellogg, Board Liaison
Education Networks of America, TN

Matt Akin
Piedmont City School District

Jeanne Barker
Lenoir City Schools

Luvelle Brown 
Ithaca NY

David Dude
City Schools Decatur

Chris Gaines
Mehlville School District

Philip Hickman
Columbus Municipal School District

Pat Kinlaw
Henrico Co. VA

James Lane
Chesterfield County Public Schools

Matthew Miller
Mentor Public Schools

Susan Patterson
Cullman City Schools

Bill Shields
Community Consolidated School District 93

Randall Squier
Coxsackie-Athens Central School District

Mike Winstead
Maryville TN


  • School  Superintendents of Alabama
  • Arizona School Administrators
  • 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
  • Mississippi Association of School Administrators
  • Missouri Association of School Administrators
  • Montana Association of School Superintendents
  • 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