CoSN 2012 Pre- and Post-Conference Events to Explore Ways to Advance Ed Tech Leadership in the 21st Century

Washington, DC
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Washington, DC (February 1, 2012) – From aligning technology and academic curricula to preparing for online common core assessments, the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN’s) pre- and post-annual conference events will cover key topics to help empower K-12 education decision makers with the strategies and tools needed to effectively advance education technology leadership in their schools and school districts. The events will be held in conjunction with CoSN’s 17th Annual Conference, CoSN 2012: Reimagine Learning, which will take place March 5-7, 2012, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Six pre-conference workshops will be held on March 4. Following the conference on March 7, an event on Bridging Formal and Informal Learning will be held at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum of Art. On March 8, CoSN will lead visits to two Washington, DC-area schools that are making innovative uses of technology for college and career readiness and to serve students with special needs.

“Each of the pre- and post-conference events will provide education stakeholders with a unique opportunity to share ideas, witness best practices and discuss challenges and lessons learned – all with the goal of advancing ed tech leadership,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “Constant dialogue and collaboration is needed among our education leaders if we are to reimagine teaching and learning to meet the needs and demands of the 21st century global economy.”

Pre-conference morning workshops will be held on March 4 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, and include:

  • Architects of Learning: Technology and Academics Collaborate, with Bailey Mitchell, Chair, CoSN, DC, and Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County Schools, GA; Joanne McDonald, K-12 Instructional Technology Consultant, Duxbury Public Schools, MA; Lissa Pijanowski, Associate Superintendent of Academics and Accountability, Forsyth County Schools, GA; Susan Skeiber, Superintendent of Schools Duxbury Public Schools, MA; and Ann Ware, Project Manager, CoSN, DC
  • Implementing Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), with Lucy Gray, Project Director, Leadership for Mobile Learning, CoSN, DC; Shawn Gross, Managing Director, Digital Millennial Consulting, LLC, VA; Pat Teske, Supervisor, Instructional & Innovative Technologies, Arlington Public Schools, VA; and Tim Wilson, Chief Technology Officer, Osseo Area Schools, MN
  • Community of Practice (CoP) Workshop: Online Communities of Practice as Change Agents – How can your district support improvement efforts 24/7?, with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Author, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Powerful Learning Practice, LLC, VA; and Hilary LaMonte, Director, Online Communities of Practice, CoSN, DC

Pre-conference afternoon workshops will be held on March 4 from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, and include:

  • Summing Up Certification: CoSN's Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) Certification Program, with Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, LA; Vicki Bigham, President, Bigham Technology Solutions, Inc., TX, and Professional Development Consultant, CoSN, DC; Gayle Dahlman, Director, Certification & Education, CoSN, DC; and Jean Tower, Director of Technology, Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough, MA
  • Being Tech Ready for 2014 Online Common Core Assessments, with Sean McDonough, Director of Information Technology, Harrisburg School District, PA; Bryan Bleil, Vice President, Online and Technology Implementation Assessment and Information, Pearson, TX; and Doug Levin, Executive Director, State Educational Technology Directors Associations (SETDA), DC
  • The Emerging Education Eco-System, with Jillian Darwish, Vice President, Organizational Learning and Innovation, KnowledgeWorks, OH;

Lydia Dobins, President, New Tech Network, CA; Jesse Moyer, State Coordinator, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, OH; and Matt Williams, Senior Director, National Advocacy and Partnerships, KnowledgeWorks, OH

The Bridging Formal and Informal Learning event at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum of Art will be held on March 7 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, and will include a panel discussion and keynote address by Milton Chen, Senior Fellow and Executive Director Emeritus, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, CA. 

In addition, two visits to Washington, DC, area schools will take place on March 8 from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. Participants will visit with staff and students at Phelps Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) High School and Jamestown Elementary School to see firsthand how both schools are transforming teaching and learning. Phelps ACE’s rigorous, innovative curricula is preparing students for higher education and careers in architecture, construction and engineering, and Jamestown Elementary has made digital learning the center of its educational environment in an effort to address the diverse needs of all learners, including those with special needs.

For more information about pre-CoSN 2012 workshops, please click here. For more information about post-annual conference events and visits, please click here.


About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for school, district, and educational service agency technology leaders. CoSN’s members are a unique blend of education and technology leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments.
CoSN provides leadership, community, and advocacy essential for the success of these leaders. Visit or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources supporting and promoting leadership development to ensure that technology is used strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools.