Local Support for School Technology Grows Nationwide—Connecticut and Montana Join CoSN

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Washington, DC (June 16, 2016) – CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today announced the addition of two state chapters: Connecticut and Montana.

As the organization’s 23rd and 24th state chapters, their work will be guided by the Connecticut Education Technology Leaders Association (CTETL) and the Montana Educational Technologists Association (META) / the School Administrators of Montana (SAM).

Connecticut and Montana further build the national reach of CoSN and the local support for education technology, joining the following states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

“The positive effects of technology on the learning experience is best shared by our local education leaders who are in school settings and see the results up close everyday. We welcome this opportunity to work more closely with our partners in Connecticut and Montana and expand and accelerate the promise of digital learning,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

Connecticut Education Technology Leaders Association (CTETL)

The CTETL will strengthen the leadership capacity of K-12 technology leaders statewide through professional development and advancement opportunities, such as CoSN’s CETL Certification and an annual Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Clinic. The CTETL will also explore ways to connect education leaders and other organizations in the region to harness the benefits of technology. Founding school districts of the CTETL include Weston Public Schools, Norwalk Public Schools, Shelton Public Schools and Regional District #14.

“Creating CTETL in 2016 is the culmination of efforts by many education technology leaders over many years. We recognized that in Connecticut we could do a better job of supporting education technology leaders in all school districts. CoSN’s mission advances that goal,” said Dr. Craig Tunks, CTETL Chairman, and Weston Public Schools Director of Digital Learning and Innovation.

“We will now be able to offer a collaborative environment for leaders in education technology. Creating such a learning consortium is essential for school districts to continually grow and provide high-quality learning opportunities for their students,” said Ralph Valenzisi, CTETL Chair-elect, and Norwalk Public Schools Chief of Technology.

Montana Educational Technologists Association (META) / School Administrators of Montana (SAM)

Led by META and SAM, the Montana chapter will focus on advancing the technology policies and practices to enhance all aspects of teaching and learning. Learn more here.

“META has been working hard for several years building up our state technology organization, and national affiliation has been an ongoing goal for us,” said Russ Hendrickson, Past President of META and Montana CoSN State Chapter Chairman. “We are very excited to reach this milestone and feel it will further support our goal of supporting educational technology in Montana schools.”

“We are very appreciative and excited to become part of the CoSN organization,” said META President and CoSN State Chapter Chair-elect Rich Lawrence. “We have worked hard here in Montana to provide a much-needed service to our educators—and that is access to reliable technology infrastructure, as well as instructional technology integration. We feel the association with CoSN is going to give us access to many wonderful resources that will help us reach our goal.”

Discover more about CoSN’s efforts in states nationwide at: cosn.org/about/state-chapters.

About 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 cosn.org or call 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership and the CETL certification exam.