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 best decisions for the educators and students in the districts they serve. Some CTOs—or their district's equivalent—come from instructional backgrounds but lack technical skills. Others display an abundance of technical knowledge but do not understand how children learn or what teachers need to facilitate that process. Many district leaders perceive the CTO to be a "wires and pliers" expert, rather than a valued adviser who can provide guidance to help schools meet their educational goals.
CTOs who take on leadership roles can help superintendents transform their districts. Join us as we empower ourselves to become innovative leaders!
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Darryl Adams, Ph.D.
Dr. Darryl Adams, Ph.D. is viewed as the Rock Roll Superintendent because of his creative, innovative and servant leadership style! Dr. Adams infuses his love for music with his own brand of TLC (Trust, Love and Collaboration!) to inspire and motivate in making the seemingly impossible possible!
Dr. Adams has served as Superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) since 2011. Under his servant leadership, CVUSD has made a dramatic turnaround and is now seen as a lighthouse model district toted by the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Education for its digital conversion and its college, career and citizenship preparation program. Under Dr. Adams’ creative and servant leadership, CVUSD is a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools as well as being the first school district named as an Apple, Inc. Distinguished Program. Under Dr. Adams’ leadership, CVUSD has been named by The Learning Counsel as one of the Top Ten Districts in the nation in digital conversion.
The White House Office of Educational Technology and the U.S. Department of Education has named Dr. Adams as one of the Top 100 Innovative Superintendents in the Nation. The Journal has named him the Ed Tech Innovator for the Month of June 2016. Dr. Adams has been named as one of the most influential voices in education by Tech and Learning in 2016 and the Center for Digital Education has honored him as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers in the nation! Dr. Adams has been interviewed and highlighted on National Public Radio, the U.S. Department of Education, The Learning Counsel, Tech and Learning magazine, PBS National News Hour, the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelly, the White House and the Center for Digital Education.