Peer Review

School systems will have the opportunity to have a peer review by an experienced team of education technology leaders. The Peer Review, built on the new and highly regarded Digital Leap Success Matrix, is a rigorous process available only to CoSN member institutions.


Review our Infographic.  If you would like more information on the Peer Review Program?  Please contact Robert Duke, CoSN Chief Operating Officer using the email address in the application form at the bottom of this page.

 

School system leaders need guidance to advance their technology goals—and overcome both the expected and unexpected challenges. This is why CoSN developed a new resource to support their efforts. The CoSN Matrix outlines the practices needed to be a successful digital school system. The review process will use this Matrix to determine how a district aligns to best practices identified by peers who have successfully converted to a digital environment. 

Advanced Preparation - In advance of the site visit, the CoSN team leader will work with a designated contact to collect information, schedule interviews, set up meeting facilities and address initial questions pertinent to the review for analysis. The full team will develop an agenda that maximizes their time onsite. 

Fieldwork - A peer review team will visit your district to assess your operations.

Days One and Two - The Team will spend the first meeting confirming priorities with the lead sponsor. The remainder of the day, as well as the second day, includes interviewing key leaders within the district. 

Day Three - The Peer Review Team will provide a verbal assessment of their recommendations and discuss initial thoughts.

Post Consultancy - A full written report summarizing observations and detailing the team assessment evaluation will then be prepared by the group leader and submitted in draft format within two weeks. The basic outline of the final report is as follows:

  1. Purpose of the Peer Review
  2. Members of the Review Team
  3. Process used to gather information
  4. Summary Recommendations
  5. Assessments grouped by general categories aligned to the CoSN Digital Leap Success Matrix. These general categories are described in Appendix 1.
  6. Recommendations by the review team
  7. Attachments:
    a. Bios for review team
    b. Agenda for the site visit
    c. List of documents that were reviewed
    d. List of district personnel interviewed


What will it cost my District?

The service fee is $10,000 inclusive of all travel expenses (Continental U.S) for districts with an enrollment of up to 20,000 students. 

“Moving through a digital conversion is a complex process, requiring transformation not only from IT, but across the entire school system.  The CoSN Peer Review offering aligns with CoSN’s mission to support school technology leaders with the resources and information they need.  Experienced leaders visit and apply their combined knowledge and experiences to assist school districts in assessing their capabilities and planning for a digital conversion. This service is an incredible value.”  

    --Steve Langford, Chief Information Officer, Beaverton School District, OR

When do I need to apply?

Please print the form below to submit an application today.

Application Form