The Glue of IT Modernization: Interoperability

Regardless of size, all school systems benefit from infrastructure modernization. Integral to much-needed modernization efforts is interoperability—the seamless sharing of data, content, and services among systems or applications. Without interoperability,…
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Digital Inclusion: Key to Student Learning for All

The digital divide has long existed, but the global pandemic has illuminated this divide.  In 2020, Common Sense Media and Boston Consulting Group reported that 15-16 million students lacked sufficient…
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Change Management and Organizational Development in Large School Systems

All large districts experience change, whether it be a new leadership structure, budget shifts, or enterprise system implementation. Investing in change management practices and organizational development structures is critical to…
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Reflections on Driving K-12 Innovation

When the opportunity to join the Driving K-12 Innovation Advisory Board for 2022 came across my social media feed, I jumped at the opportunity to support this work. Each year…
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Peer Review Best Practices Report

Since 2016, CoSN has conducted 16 Peer Reviews for school districts around the country. The purpose of this research is to discover commonalities among school districts as well as distinctions…
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Selecting the Right EdTech…Every Time

In a recent panel discussion presented by edWeb.net and sponsored by Veracity Verification Solutions, I was invited to moderate a discussion regarding best practices for evaluating EdTech. It was a…
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The “P” in Project Management = The “P” in People

The “P” in project management should be interchangeable with the “P” in people. That’s because project management is just as much about the people as it is about the project.…
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Ransomware Brief

It’s been described as the “number one online threat targeting public and private organizations.” It’s led to critical system outages, the release of student data, the complete shutdown of learning,…
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School-to-Home Report

“School-to-Home” details the main barriers to extending broadband to homes nationwide. These include assessing size of the connectivity problem and addressing the need for adequate Internet access at home and…
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Cybersecurity Toolkit – Authentication Management

Controlling access to organizational systems and resources is an essential element of cybersecurity. The traditional approach to access control has been to assign usernames with complex password requirements, generally a…
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