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UPGRADING MY SKILLS


K-12 Online Courses to Build Skills of Current and Aspiring Tech Leaders

CoSN is offering new online professional development courses for current and aspiring K-12 school district leaders.

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Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent Toolkit

The toolkit from CoSN & AASA can help superintendents deliver transformative learning environments to their school districts by developing or enhancing technology leadership skills. Superintendents can test and build their skills by exploring the following toolkit produced by CoSN & AASA, including four action steps, Superintendent Self-Assessment, District Leadership Team Assessment, and References & Resources.

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Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) Certification

Based on CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO – the body of knowledge defining the skill areas critical to today’s education technology leaders – the CETL Certification is the credential for K-12 district technology leaders that demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and skills to build transformative learning environments. Take the CTO self- assessment today.

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CUTTING-EDGE PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS


AASA’s National Conference on Education
New Orleans, LA
March 2-4, 2017

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Peer-to-Peer Events

CoSN events are designed to engage technology leaders in topics specific to common challenges, emerging trends, and best practices. They also provide opportunities for individuals to network and share ideas with peers, companies and presenters.

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NSBA Annual Conference
Denver, Colorado
March 25-27, 2017

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NSBA’s Leading for Learning in the Digital Age Pre-Conference Workshop
Wisconsin Association of School Boards Annual Conference

Hosted by the NSBA Technology Leadership Network on January 20, 2015, this interactive session will highlight critical issues district leaders and board members must address to ensure their technology investments are maximized.

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MUST-READ RESOURCES


May 2016 Edition: Digital Leap Newsletter

See how librarians are helping to lead digital change in today’s learning environments.

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April 2016 Edition: Digital Leap Newsletter

What are the 7 pillars of today’s digital leadership?

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March 2016 Edition: Digital Leap Newsletter

CoSN is out with a new leadership toolkit to address digital equity and learn about the five leadership requirements for change.

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January 2016 Edition: Digital Leap Newsletter

Examining classroom observations, and a lesson on student communication skills in the “Innovation Age.”

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December 2015 Edition: Digital Leap Newsletter

Is your library going future ready too?

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NSBA Joins CoSN and AASA in Digital Webinar as Part of “Connected Educators Month”

Tips from our leaders on taking the digital leap.

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October 2015 Edition: Digital Leap Newsletter

Learn why assessments will play a reduced role in the classroom and discover one district’s innovative ideas to engage parents.

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edscoop: “Lessons on Digital Inclusion from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools”

What school districts can learn from a North Carolina school system that took a different approach to closing the digital equity gap.

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June 2015 Edition: Digital Leap Newsletter

What are the three key ingredients for mobile learning success and how is an innovative district preparing students for STEM careers?

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May 2015 Edition: Digital Leap Newsletter

Answer these important questions before using technology in the classroom and check out a preview of the six trends, six challenges, and six incoming technologies on the K-12 “horizon.”

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April 2015 Edition: Digital Leap Newsletter

It’s time to explore a district where career prep isn’t the only focus and the chief concerns among school IT leaders.

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March 2015 Edition: Digital Leap Newsletter

Here are three tips for implementing a tech-based learning environment.

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February 2015 Edition: Digital Leap Newsletter

How can district leaders assess their team’s readiness, and why are school site visits vital to technology rollouts?

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EdTechNext Report – Dimensions in Learning: Visualizing, Designing, and Making in 3D

CoSN’s newest report out explores how modern 3D technologies are opening new dimensions in learning.

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Center for Digital Education: 3 Tips for Implementing a Tech-Based Learning Environment

To assist schools grappling with making the digital leap, three large, national professional education associations offer practical guidance, best practices and examples of model technology-enabled schools.

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School Administrator

The School Administrator is an award-winning magazine, published monthly by AASA. A sample of articles focused on social/digital media include:

“Delivering Instruction Online,” by Lisa Andrejko

A superintendent’s take on what to expect when a school district blends traditional and cyber learning.

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“What Superintendents Can Learn From Twitter,” by Daniel Frazier

The author, a superintendent himself, illustrates how school leaders are using Twitter for conversations on significant educational issues.

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“The Superintendency and Social Networking,” by Chris Kennedy 

A veteran superintendent’s digital network brings him substantive professional benefits that include the sharing of best practices and problem solving at his fingertips.

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“Connecting With Social Media,” by Daniel D. Cox

The author documents the vitality of Twitter and blogging in the hands of superintendents after initially rejecting the notion himself.

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NSBA’s Center for Public Education
Talking About the Facts of Education Data with School Board Members

While digital tools offer the promise of a more personalized learning experience for each student, they cannot deliver on that promise without retaining some key pieces of data about the student. This simple Q&A sheet addresses some of the most common concerns.

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NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys
Data in the Cloud Privacy Guide

Making a digital leap often involves increased reliance on the cloud that can offer many advantages, but also raises new issues around student privacy. Designed for school leaders, this guide serves as a primer for understanding key cloud issues to be addressed prior to advancing your digital journey.

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Horizon K-12 Report

In partnership with the New Media Consortium (NMC), CoSN produces the annual K-12 Horizon Report examines emerging technologies for their potential impacts on and uses in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within primary and secondary education.

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American School Board Journal: Technology Focus

Putting technology to work for school leaders, access key technology articles from American School Board Journal.

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Selecting SIS/LMS Solutions

Explore an interactive product comparison tools for Student Information Systems (SIS) and Learning Management Systems (LMS).

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Blog Post by AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech

“President Obama addresses more than 100 superintendents Invited to the White House to kick off the Future Ready Schools Digital Learning Initiative”

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Blog Post by NSBA Director of Education Technology Ann Lee Flynn

“Five Things I’ve Learned”

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Column by CoSN CEO Keith Krueger

“Take this Self-Assessment and Discover Your Tech Readiness”

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Blog by AASA President-Elect David Schuler:

Transforming Education in the Digital Era

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JOINING A COMMUNITY


Technology Leadership Network

Stay connected throughout the year for the board’s perspective on issues that can support or challenge your digital leap. Learn from the nation’s experts, hear best practices, and embrace your role as a district visionary!

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AASA Launches Digital Consortium

In November 2014, AASA brought together 20 superintendents from around the country to provide school administrators with insight into successful models of best practices using digital media.

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CONNECTED LEARNING


Connected Learning Initiative

This CoSN initiative offers resources, best practices, and lessons learned to support school districts as they implement practices and policies for a connected learning environment.

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