CoSN is pleased to offer the first-ever project management course that focuses on the unique needs and challenges of school system technology leaders. Using thought leadership resources and best practices, this course is aligned to CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills for the K-12 Chief Technology Officer (CTO), the foundation for the nationally-accredited Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) program. Its structure and content are also based on the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition – a global industry standard for project management and the most widely recognized project management model for business and government.

The course was developed in collaboration with Dell Technologies and updated regularly to cover current content and issues.

Please check the CoSN Calendar for your next opportunity to take this course.
This IT Project Management Course includes seven modules and provides participants with high-quality, practical, and wide-ranging protocols and resources that empower responsive and scalable project management practices. Course content references effective methodologies rooted in research and correlated to the K-12 environment through a practical lens. The facilitated course offers the following benefits:
  • Weekly structured, synchronous conversations led by a knowledgeable and experienced facilitator who is CETL certified
  • A network of colleagues to share experiences and resources and provide support
  • Completion of a personalized design challenge that can be used in your school systems

Participants will learn the fundamentals of project management through seven modules:


  1. Project Management Framework
  2. Project Initiation
  3. Scope, Schedule and Budget Plan
  4. Resource, Risk and Procurement Plan
  5. Leadership and Quality Management
  6. Monitor and Control
  7. Closure and Success

About the Course Facilitator

Frankie Jackson is an independent K-12 CTO and Education Technology Strategist. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Texas K-12 CTO Council. She is the former CTO of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas and has been an advisor for CoSN’s SMART Education Design Network (SMART) initiative, policy committee as well as the Professional Advancement Committee. In 2018, Frankie earned the CoSN Volunteer of the Year award and currently serves as a facilitator for the CETL program where she is a mentor to many new and aspiring CTOs.

9 CEA Credits toward CETL® recertification.