“Since we launched our superintendents endeavor in 2008, we’ve consistently heard from school system leaders, including those who are just starting the digital conversion, that they need guidance – especially during the planning phases. With these critical, timely updates, we wanted to give superintendents an actionable framework that matches today’s education and technology priorities and helps them make decisions that strategically support the district’s vision and student outcomes,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.
“No one knows more than a superintendent how much the digital revolution has influenced education and enriched the lives of our students,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “As we kick off Connected Educator Month, we are pleased to partner with CoSN on ‘The Empowered Superintendent’ toolkit. This package offers cutting-edge technology solutions to answer the challenges faced by our members who are making strides to enhance leadership and improve student learning through innovative, digital platforms.”
The toolkit explores the following five themes, or “imperatives,” of technology leadership:
- Strengthen District Leadership and Communications
- Raise the Bar with Rigorous, Transformative and Innovative Learning and Skills
- Transform Pedagogy with Compelling Learning Environments
- Support Professional Development and Communities of Practice
- Create Balanced Assessments
The toolkit extends the guidance beyond the individual superintendent, offering key action steps for building a skilled technology leadership team as well as references and resources for professional development.
Complementing the resources for superintendents to strengthen technology leadership is CoSN’s researched-based Framework of Essential Skills of the K–12 CTO
and Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL™) examination – the only professional certification developed specifically for educational technology professionals. The certification defines the broad knowledge, skills and responsibilities required of district technology leaders to better understand and strengthen the superintendent’s vision. Nationwide, 125 chief technology officers and other education technology professionals have successfully completed the CETL exam and earned CETL certification.
CoSN’s initiative is supported by Amplify, Blackboard, C. Blohm & Associates, Inc., HP, JAMF Software, Lenovo, Microsoft, Pearson and Sprint.