CoSN, AASA Unveil New Resources to 'Empower' Superintendents in the Digital Age

Updated Superintendent Toolkit Offers Refreshed Guidance, Action Steps and Practical Tools for K–12 District Leaders


For Immediate Release


For CoSN: Michael Kaplun, 202-822-9491,
For AASA: James Minichello, 703-875-0723,

toolkit-coverWashington, DC (October 2, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, today released 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.

Titled “The Empowered Superintendent: Professional Learning Module 1: Five Imperatives for Technology Leadership,” the toolkit addresses the changes across the education landscape over recent years, covering key themes, or “imperatives,” of sustainable technology leadership. Two related tools, “Self-Assessment for Superintendents” and the “District Leadership Team Assessment,” are aimed at helping district leaders to evaluate their progress toward becoming effective technology leaders.

Part of CoSN’s The Empowered Superintendent initiative, the development of the new toolkit was overseen by a Superintendents Advisory Panel co-chaired by Mark Edwards, Superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District, NC, and Terry Grier, Superintendent of Houston ISD, TX, and includes nearly 20 leading superintendents nationwide.

”Since we launched our superintendent’s 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.

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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 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.