CoSN’s 2013 Annual Conference Delivers ‘Audacious Leadership’

Four-day Event Showcases National K-12 IT Leadership Survey, Interactive Sessions and Highlights Successful Ed Tech Leadership
Washington, DC
Friday, March 15, 2013

Washington, DC (March 15, 2013) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) this week held its 18th Annual Conference in San Diego, CA, themed “Audacious Leadership.” Attended by nearly 700 K-12 leaders worldwide, the Conference featured interactive sessions and thought-leadership activities focused on inspiring visionary leadership in 21st century learning environments. Conference activities, which launched Monday, March 11, with the 2013 International Symposium, concluded yesterday with professional development workshops and an exclusive tour of pioneering San Diego schools, San Diego Unified School District's Dana Middle School and Nye Elementary.

“Districts nationwide are at a critical inflection point in determining how best to transform their schools in the growing digital age,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “By focusing on bold, „audacious‟ leadership, this year‟s Conference allowed ed tech experts and pioneers from across North America and the world to share their insights and continue results-oriented lessons learned on how to leverage technology to transform  learning. We thank our participants and attendees, and hope this will be the first step toward truly maximizing student learning today to prepare for tomorrow.”

Included below are key highlights from the Conference:

  • On Monday, March 11, CoSN held its 2013 International Symposium, themed Digital Inclusion: The Global Imperative of Bridging Schools and Home, which featured government, industry and philanthropy experts. U.S. Congressman George Miller (D-CA), the Senior Democrat on the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee, addressed the Symposium about his recently introduced legislation, the Transforming Education Through Technology Act. He also called on educators to build new coalitions for digital inclusion and educate policymakers on the need for new investments.
  • On Tuesday, March 12, CoSN released the results of its first annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey, which polled district technology leaders nationwide to capture technology trends, challenges and priorities surrounding K-12 technology leadership. Sponsored by Education Networks of America (ENA) and conducted in partnership with MCH Strategic Data, the complete report is available at: www.cosn.org/ITSurvey.
  • On Wednesday, March 13, as part of the Wireless Reach™ initiative, Qualcomm Incorporated and CoSN announced the Designing Education Networks (DEN) initiative, which will provide guidance and resources for school district technology decision makers in developing wireless infrastructure to support a one-device-per student 24/7 learning environment. It will also provide vendor-neutral resources on designing education networks for broadband, managing multiple devices, ensuring security and other key issues. The DEN website will be launched in June 2013. 
  • Also on Wednesday, March 13, CoSN announced its annual awards during a luncheon ceremony. To follow are the 2013 award winners: Public Service Award: Karen Cator, Former Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education; TEAM Award: Mooresville Graded School District (North Carolina); Volunteer of the Year: Jim Siegl, Technology Architect, Fairfax County Public Schools (Virginia); Private Sector Champion: Michael Flood, Vice President, Kajeet for Education; Withrow CTO Award: Ed McKaveney, Technology Director, Hampton Township School District (Pennsylvania); and Special Award for IT Crisis Preparedness: Traci House, Former Technology Director, Joplin Schools (Missouri). For complete information about the CoSN awards program, please visit: www.cosn.org/Awards.

In addition, CoSN this week launched an updated version of its acceptable use policy guide, titled “Rethinking Acceptable Use Policies to Enable Digital Learning: A Guide for School Districts.” Developed as part of the association‟s Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership & Policy initiative, the guide helps districts rethink their acceptable use policies. Sponsored by Adobe, Cable in the Classroom, Gartner, Lenovo, Pearson Foundation and SmartTechnologies, the guide is available at: www.cosn.org/AUPGuide.

For complete CoSN 2013 information, please visit: www.cosn.org/Conference2013.

CoSN's 19th Annual Conference will be held March 18-20, 2014, in Washington, DC. 

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders.
The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to
realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747
to find out more about CoSN‟s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and
events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources.
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