The Early Career K-12 CTO Academy for Today's EdTech Leaders is a program to address the needs of education technology leaders who are new (less than 4 full years) to their CTO or Technology Leadership position or aspiring CTOs and edtech leaders currently working in a technology department. Participants will have the opportunity to develop edtech leadership skills including; managing diverse teams, leading a variety of projects simultaneously, and collaborating with a variety of stakeholders. Academy participants make a positive impact on student-centered and digital learning in their school district and enhance their career trajectory.

This program was developed through public and private sector leaders, district CTOs and edtech leaders to address current professional development needs and thought partner support for aspiring and early-career CTO and edtech leaders.

Jill Brown, CoSN Director of Professional Learning.
Donna Williamson,, Project Facilitator.

Note, the application uses a Google Form. If your school blocks access, please use a personal account or email us for other options. 


CoSN’s Early Career K-12 CTO Academy prepares new technology directors with fewer than four full years of experience to:


  • Lead the creation of a culture of innovation in their school district
  • Build a Professional Learning Network (PLN) of edtech experts and other new CTOs through face-to-face and virtual meetings
  • Understand best practices to build diverse teams that include under-represented populations in the edtech industry including African Americans, Latin, and Native Americans, Pacific-Islanders, and females
  • Benefit from the experience of veteran tech and curriculum leaders in the areas of supporting student-centered learning, technology budgeting, technical support strategies, infrastructure, effective strategies for communications, and more
  • Be part of discussions centered around new strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Improve the soft skills necessary to work effectively with others in the culture-specific to their school district
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CoSN would like to congratulate the 2020-2021 Cohort:


  • Amy Sterckx, Sturgeon Bay School District (WI)
  • Angie Potts, ISD 77 (MN)
  • Jeremy Wickham, North Shore School District 112 (IL)
  • Julie Pedraza, Brownsville Independent School District (TX)
  • Kyle Flaherty, Prescott School District (WI)
  • Matt Bartenhagen, Williston Public School District (ND)
  • Suzan Brandt, Mountain Brook Schools (AL)
  • Tony Alvarez, Grand County School District (UT)

DEI Scholarship Opportunity

The CTO Academy has five Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Academy Scholarships available for CTOs from underrepresented populations in the education technology community. As part of the application process, you may request to be considered for one of these scholarships.

The work of a District Technology Leader can be lonely at times. The Early Career K-12 CTO Academy brings value and partnership to the daily work of a CTO. With a focus on leadership and vision, finance and budgeting, communications, infrastructure, and data privacy and security, this unique learning opportunity provides timely support both in resources and thought partners to those new to technology leadership.

Amy Sterckx
Sturgeon Bay School District

Eligibility and Timeline

New career K-12 chief technology officers (CTOs) with fewer than 4 full years of experience are invited to apply. The program runs from October 2021- June 2022. Applications for this cohort are closed, but applications for the 2022-2023 cohort are open.

"The CTO Academy is absolutely the most valuable resource I have available to me!  The modules are relevant and the learning coincides with what is current in my work life.  Despite the variety of skill sets, the academy design supports all new CTO’s, and the course facilitator was very conscious of meeting me at my level, which ensured a quality experience.

Tony Alvarez
Governor Mifflin School District

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