The role of the CTO in school districts is evolving into one of the most important leadership positions in education, yet many who currently fill that job lack the skills and background to make the
Irene K. Spero serves as Chief Strategy Officer of CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking). She received a BA in political science from Bryn Mawr College and an MA in Public Law from Columbia University and is actively involved in a wide range of community and professional activities in the Washington, DC area. Irene serves as the President of NCTET, a professional association of education technology leaders.
Prior to joining CoSN in 2003, Irene was the first Executive Director of SchoolTone Alliance, a global consortium of education technology and service provider companies. She also served as Director of External Relations at the Web-based Education Commission where she was responsible for directing its outreach efforts, organizing its public hearings and managing its public relations and communications efforts. The Commission submitted its report, The Power of the Internet for Learning: Moving from Promise to Practice, to Congress and the President in December 2000.
Irene worked for 16 years as Executive Director for Federal and State Relations at the College Board. Based in Washington DC, her primary responsibility was to represent the interests of the association by conducting and directing a comprehensive government relations program at the federal and state level. As the College Board's representative, she was frequently asked to advise policymakers and comment on issues relating to the transition from secondary to higher education, access and equity issues. In that capacity, she testified before congressional committees and state legislative bodies and appeared at national education association meetings.