AASA, CoSN Issue Four Tech Action Steps for Superintendents

Guidelines Are Latest Resource Through Group’s Superintendent Initiative

For Immediate Release

Michael Kaplun
michaelkaplun@cosn.org
202-822-9491

James Minichello
jminichello@aasa.org
703-875-0723

Washington, D.C. (November 18, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) today released its second professional learning module for superintendents, titled “Four Action Steps for Strengthening the Technology Leadership Team.” Developed in partnership with AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the guidelines further expand CoSN’s The Empowered Superintendent initiative and will strengthen the collaboration among school system leaders.

“While the need for digital leadership is growing, education technology leadership is in short supply in many districts,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “Superintendents are in the unique position to build and partner with skilled ed tech leaders. The steps provided in the action plan unveiled today can truly empower superintendents to promote transformation and innovation in their districts.”

“Technology is a powerful tool in education today, but a tablet in the hands of a child means nothing without adequate instruction on how to use it properly,” said Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association. “We are pleased to partner with CoSN to help school districts integrate technology into their curriculum to positively impact teaching and learning excellence in order to produce greater student outcomes.”

The resource details the following four key action steps to help administrations plan and implement practical tools:

· Recognize and better understand the evolving role of the chief technology officer (CTO) and how the CTO can elevate learning environments;
· Clearly identify the role of the CTO in the district leadership structure, preferably in the cabinet;
· Help guide the CTO interview and hiring process, seeking candidates with CETL credentials; and
· Target professional training needs to build your technology staff to the CETL level.

Earlier this fall, CoSN and AASA released the released the first module with a new toolkit and related resources to assist current and aspiring superintendents in building their knowledge, skills and confidence as technology leaders for their schools.

The groups, alongside the National School Boards Association (NSBA), also partnered to launch “Leading the Digital Leap” – a powerful partnership to share their collective knowledge from all levels of leadership. Learn more here.

The toolkit is endorsed by the following state superintendent associations: School Superintendents of Alabama, Colorado Association of School Executives, Colorado Association of Leaders of Educational Technology, Colorado Association of Senior School Administrators, Idaho Association of School Administrators, Kentucky Association of School Administrators, Michigan Association of School Administrators, Minnesota Association of School Administrators, School Administrators of Montana, North Carolina Association of School Administrators, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, and Texas Association of School Administrators.

Sponsors of the toolkit include: Amplify, Filewave, JAMF, Pearson and Sprint.

To access the resources, please visit: cosn.org/superintendents.

About CoSN
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’sfocus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership and the CETL certification exam.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.