IT Management

Tips to Plan a Successful Funding Initiative

Although the 2020 fall elections are a year away, now is the time to start planning for voter-approved funding proposals such as bonds and levies. These funding vehicles can be leveraged to raise funds for large technology upgrades and improvements. Presidential elections, in particular, present an excellent opportunity to leverage voter participation, especially in states where minimum voter turnout is required to pass funding requests. However, early planning and consistent follow through is critical to help ensure successful bond or levy passage.

CoSN Launches Completed Interoperability Toolkit for School Districts

CoSN today launched its full Toolkit to help school districts improve their interoperability — the seamless sharing of content and services between systems and applications. Interoperability has grown in importance as digital content and e-learning technologies have become more prevalent nationwide.
 
 

Interoper-What?

It can be difficult for IT Leaders to explain the importance of interoperability to education leaders who don’t have a technology background. Yet, interoperability has an enormous impact on teaching and learning effectiveness as well as costs. Improving interoperability can help districts make improvements across their entire digital ecosystem. IT departments could spend a lot less time and money connecting the systems that need to work together.

Digital Equity: You Can't Improve What You Don't Measure!

In Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better, the authors assert that it is not possible to make improvements at scale without first measuring the outcomes of smaller changes. In other words, without embedded measures in programs, it is not possible to intervene, anticipate, or understand if a change ultimately leads to systemic improvement.

CoSN + Cybersecurity Collaborative

 
 
The Cybersecurity Collaborative is singularly focused on one thing: the facilitation of a collaborative forum that allows like-minded individuals to openly share information that will collectively make us stronger, and better equipped to protect our enterprises from those seeking to damage them. Created purposely without a larger “corporate” partnership or agenda, we offer complete independence from any “corporate” priorities like data use or product development.
 

CoSN & AASA Launch Partnership to Bolster Digital Learning Environments in America's School Systems

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and CoSN, the Consortium for School Networking, have launched a partnership committed to building a community of engaged superintendents and other school system leaders who have the skills and knowledge to bolster dynamic digital learning environments on behalf of K-12 students.

Interoperability and Raytown Quality Schools (Missouri)

I’ve had a strong relationship with CoSN and have supported its goals for quite some time. I’m a founding member and chair-elect of CoSN’s Missouri state chapter and was one of the first people in the U.S. to attain certification as a Certified Education Technology Leader. When the Trusted Learning Environment Seal was being developed, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for Raytown Quality Schools being among the first cohort of TLE districts.
 

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