Martha Crean
September 17, 2021
2020 marked a "record-breaking" year for cyber-attacks against schools and CoSN's 2021 IT leadership surveys found that cybersecurity remains a top concern among chief technology officers across the nation.
Linnette Attai, CoSN Project Director - Data Privacy & Trusted Learning Environment Program
September 14, 2021
Back to school season is in full swing. It’s a time of fresh starts and new beginnings for the entire school district. Of course, past challenges haven’t gone away, but the season serves as a reminder that we can approach old challenges with clear eyes and a new perspective.
Frankie J. Jackson, CETL, NCSP, RTSBA
September 10, 2021
In the business sector, costs and benefits are scrutinized before purchasing occurs. As a result, investment decisions are grounded in verifiable methods with quantifiable variables. But that’s not always the case for EdTech leaders.
Anthony Kingston, CETL Chief Technology Officer Alabaster City Schools (AL)
August 31, 2021
As with most things, the 12th annual ASU+GSV Summit was put on hold with all our worlds being turned upside down by COVID-19. After a year and a half, it was exciting to learn that the conference would happen again and in person. Participant safety, of course, was the priority.
Kevin Perkins, Technology Director, Rockingham County Public Schools (VA)
August 29, 2021
CoSN sat down with Kevin Perkins, Technology Director for TLE Seal recipient Rockingham County Public Schools to learn more about Rockingham’s journey to the TLE and how starting small, but with sustained efforts, can lead to big wins over time.  
Diane W. Doersch, CETL, Director of Technology for Verizon Innovative Learning Schools at Digital Promise
August 25, 2021
Back at my day job following ASU+GSV 2021, I’ve been reflecting upon the sessions I was able to attend. This was my first time attending this conference.
August 20, 2021
The EmpowerED Superintendents edWebinar Series will be back for its fourth season, starting on Monday, September 13, 2021. CoSN is pleased to partner with AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and edWeb.net (as host) for this professional learning opportunity for school leaders.
Frankie J. Jackson, CETL, NCSP, RTSBA
August 17, 2021
We heard you!  Large districts have unique challenges.  NEW this fall, CoSN has created a new event for the edtech community. The Great Minds Series!
Amy McLaughlin, CoSN Project Director - Cybersecurity
August 13, 2021
In 2020, CoSN partnered with Security Studio (S2) to develop a free, entry-level risk assessment designed explicitly for K12 schools.
Nancy Mangum, CoSN Subject Matter Expert - Digital Equity
August 10, 2021
Some of life's best lessons are learned in the worst of times.  ~Ani DeFranco  
Laura Geringer, CoSN Driving K12 Project Director
August 6, 2021
Collaboration is key when it comes to change that really matters. For the last four years, CoSN assembles an international advisory board of educators, edtech leaders, and changemakers to inform K-12 innovation efforts to support student success.  
Christine Fox, Senior Director of External Relations
August 2, 2021
Martha Crean with Kelly May Vollmar Ed.D
July 30, 2021
Desert Sands Unified School District (CA), is a leader in educational technology, digital equity, and innovation.
Jill Brown, Ph.D., CoSN's Senior Manager Professional Advancement
July 27, 2021
As a lifelong learner, I am thrilled to be the newest member of the CoSN team. Our team and its members provide significant support for technology leaders K-12 institutions.
Mark Finstrom, CETL and Amy McLaughlin, MS CETL
July 23, 2021
Leasing presents an opportunity for school systems to maintain up-to-date technology equipment and build consistent upgrade and replacement cycles into their technology strategy without significant capital expenses.  
Jeremy Wickham, Director of Technology, North Shore School District 112 (IL)
July 20, 2021
In CoSN's newest Podcast, I discussed my experience with the Early Career K-12 CTO Academy. I am a graduate of the 2020-21 Academy cohort.
Philip Neufield, Ed.D, MBA, PMP Executive Officer - Information Technology; Fresno Unified School District (CA)
July 13, 2021
The pandemic peeled blinders from our eyes exposing ways people are excluded from digital opportunities like learning, employment, telehealth.  These are linked to digital access including internet access, devices, apps, know-why, know-how.     
Heidi J. LaFleche, Consultant to Google
June 30, 2021
The 2020 school year was like no other, proving that no matter the challenges and obstacles, teachers will do whatever it takes to engage their students in learning.
George Sorrells, CETL
June 2, 2021
You are a Certified Education Technology Leader!  This certification is offered through CoSN (Consortium for School Networking).  Anyone who is successful in leading school technology knows “it takes a village” of different skills and backgrounds. Successful IT leadership means:
Christine Fox, Senior Director of External Relations
May 28, 2021
Michael Arensdorff, CETL, Senior Director of Technology, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, Illinois
May 24, 2021
As we approach the end of a school year in which we continued to grapple with the challenges of educating our students during a pandemic, it is a natural time for reflection.
Rod Russeau, CISSP, CISM, CETL -- Chair, Director, Technology & Information Services at Community High School District 99
October 29, 2020
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month! Pandemic or not, the clock continues to tick, and our need to be vigilant is more significant than ever.
SEND Advisory Committee - Mark Finstrom. Chair & Amy McLaughlin, Project Director
November 26, 2019
Information technology budgets involve significant expenditures, but there is more than one way to pay the bills.
Amy McLaughlin, CoSN Cybersecurity Project Director
October 28, 2019
Although the 2020 fall elections are a year away, now is the time to start planning for voter-approved funding proposals such as bonds and levies. These funding vehicles can be leveraged to raise funds for large technology upgrades and improvements.
Paula Maylahn, CoSN Project Director - Interoperability Initiative
October 1, 2019
It can be difficult for IT Leaders to explain the importance of interoperability to education leaders who don’t have a technology background. Yet, interoperability has an enormous impact on teaching and learning effectiveness as well as costs.
Dr. Beth Holland, CoSN Digital Equity Project Director
September 26, 2019
In Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better, the authors assert that it is not possible to make improvements at scale without first measuring the outcomes of
Mark Racine, Chief Information Officer, Boston Public Schools
August 22, 2019
Last year, teachers across the country requested resources for more than 32,000 classroom technology projects through the national non-profit DonorsChoose.org.
Kris Hagel, Executive Director of Digital Learning at Peninsula School District, Tacoma Washington
July 25, 2019
I’m Kris Hagel, Chief Information Officer of a suburban school district about 45 minutes south of Seattle.  
Melissa Tebbenkamp, CETL
July 18, 2019
I’ve had a strong relationship with CoSN and have supported its goals for quite some time. I’m a founding member and chair-elect of CoSN’s Missouri state chapter and was one of the first people in the U.S. to attain certification as a Certified Education Technology Leader.
Marie Bjerede, CoSN Project Director - Leadership Initiatives
May 16, 2019
As technologies evolve, the number of internet-enabled devices connected to school networks increases exponentially. Many of these devices, however, were not designed with strong cybersecurity protections.
Marie Bjerede, CoSN Project Director - Leadership Initiatives
May 2, 2019
About Cedarburg: Located 17 miles north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Cedarburg School District (CSD) serves approximately 3,100 students. Cedarburg schools consistently achieve one of the state's top rankings in Math, Science, and Reading, and have a graduation rate of 99%.
Keith Bockwoldt, CETL
November 13, 2018
Ed tech leaders tend to use the terms peer review and technology audit interchangeably, but they are very distinct tools with different origin, purpose and application. Given the choice, I would opt for a peer review.
Terry Allen
September 14, 2018
My name is Terry Allen and I work for Morgan School District in a rural area in Utah. Being in a small district means that our administrators wear multiple hats.  For me, that means that I oversee the areas of Assessment, Title 1 and IT.
Doug Casey and Melissa Tebbenkamp
June 5, 2018
In the midst of important discussions on data privacy and security taking place across the nation, school leaders can easily forget how and why we adopted the array of applications that support learning and school operations. These systems did not arrive overnight.
Thomas C. Murray and Eric Sheninger
April 5, 2018
As two leaders in the field who work to support districts with digital conversions, we are often asked, “What type of devices should we buy?” The problem with this question is that it is often
January 11, 2018
We got together with some of our Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal recipients and asked what guidance they have for those who are thinking about going through the TLE process.
Personalized Learning with Micro-credentials
August 23, 2017
CoSN supports edtech leaders who are dedicated to continued growth in their capacity to improve students’ learning with innovative, digital environments. We work to improve the human capacity of school systems by providing robust, thoughtful, and relevant professional advancement opportunities.
Dennis Fazio
January 24, 2017
Last year the FCC finished its rules for opening up previously restricted spectrum at 3.5GHz to experimental public use.
November 17, 2016
With the exponential increase of access needed to cloud-based applications for instructional and operational use, Internet reliability is becoming paramount in school systems.
November 11, 2015
Last week, CoSN (in partnership with AASA and MDR) unveiled the results of our annual survey that laid out the state of connectivity in schools across the U.S. There is lots of data for both pessimists and optimists among us.
October 16, 2014
School districts nationwide are struggling with the costs of building out the high performance, reliable networks needed to support the digital transformation envisioned by President Obama’s ConnectEd initiative.
August 20, 2014
A recent NetworkWorld article, “Whatever Happened to Green IT?” left me wondering: was the sustainable computing craze which became popular in 2008 and spawned
April 3, 2014
One of the major benefits of the internet is that it allows us to connect with people who we might otherwise never meet. No matter what challenges your district is facing, odds are there's another district out there which is grappling with the same things.
January 8, 2014
We know that education technology has the power to transform learning for all students, but it may prove particularly powerful for special education students, argues a recent fea
December 18, 2013
This column was originally printed in T.H.E. Journal, and is excerpted below.  From building robust networks to collaborating with other departments to fund new projects, here's what you need to do to start innovating in the new year.
December 16, 2013
All across America, school administrators and policymakers are asking questions about education technology. When are devices appropriate? What platforms really count as educational? Do our tools support student engagement? Do they support critical thinking and teamwork?
November 15, 2013
Take advantage of your CoSN membership to access our 2013 CTO Forum Reports for free! The reports offer high-level summaries and analyses of our CTO Forums.
October 23, 2013
This month is Connected Educator Month (www.connectededucatormonth.org), a unique (and fun!) opportunity to tak
September 9, 2013
If educators contact the FCC in large numbers, we might be able to more than double the annual funding available for the eRate.