CoSN Releases New Three-Year Strategic Plan for Ed Tech Advocacy

Coincides with Association’s 20th Anniversary
Washington, DC
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Washington, DC (January 18, 2012) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today released its Strategic Plan: 2012-2015 in conjunction with the association’s 20thanniversary. The new plan, which builds on past work and successes in CoSN’s education technology advocacy efforts, lays out a set of updated goals and objectives to guide CoSN’s initiatives over the next three years – all aimed at addressing new technology opportunities and trends across the K-12 education landscape.

“We’re excited to launch our new strategic plan, particularly at a time when CoSN is celebrating two decades of success in school system technology,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “We undertook this effort to reframe, refocus and refresh our objectives, as it’s important to ensure that our goals and priorities continue to evolve along with today’s ever-changing technology environment. Our new plan does that, and we look forward to strengthening our organization and thought leadership in the years ahead.”

As part of the plan, CoSN updated its mission statement to reach beyond the core audience of public school districts to encompass education technology system leaders at education service agencies and independent, parochial and charter schools. To execute its mission, CoSN identified the following five external goals:

  • Close Access Gap: Increase awareness of requirements to close the technology access gap for learning inside and outside of school;
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Skills: Enhance the skills and competencies of CTOs and raise expectations as defined in the Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO and measured by certification;
  • Team Capacity: Build district-wide support for technology in education through strategic partnerships and professional learning opportunities;
  • Voice: Advocate for investments in education technology to enhance learning opportunities and drive economic growth; and
  • State Capacity: Expand the capacity of CoSN chapters by enabling professional learning opportunities and developing the ability to influence state policy.

“The plan’s mission and goals will help CoSN continue its 20-year tradition as the premier professional association serving school leaders, and we invite our valued members to join our efforts to implement this plan and help reimagine teaching and learning through technology,” said Bailey Mitchell, CoSN Chair and Chief Technology and Information Officer of Forsyth County Schools, GA.

To explore CoSN’s interactive 20-year timeline, click here.

To read the complete CoSN Strategic Plan, please visit


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 K-12 district technology leaders to use technology strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning.
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.

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