Event Type: 
CTO Clinics

2016 Wisconsin CTO Clinic

Sunday, February 28, 2016
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Suites 7&8, Tamboti Room

Thank you to everyone who joined us for WETL and CoSN's third annual CTO Clinic as part of Brainstorm! The Evolving Role of CTO: Innovation Leader brought together leaders from throughout Wisconsin to discuss their most pressing education technology challenges.

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 don't 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!

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Keynote Speaker: Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards, Ed.D., is considered a pioneer of 1:1 computing in public schools. He currently serves as superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) in Mooresville, NC, and was named 2013 National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators. Previously, Dr. Edwards was superintendent of the Danville and Henrico, VA school districts. He was named 2013 North Carolina Superintendent of the Year, 2003 Harold W. McGraw Prize in Education recipient, 2001 Virginia Superintendent of the Year, and 2002 eSchool News Magazine’s Tech Savvy Superintendent. He has also served as the Dean of the University of Northern Alabama's College of Education. He is the author of Every Child, Every Day: A Digital Conversion Model for Student Achievement.




Sheryl R. Abshire, Ph.D.
As the Chief Technology Officer for the Calcasieu Parish Public Schools for eighteen years, Dr. Sheryl Abshire has served as a catalyst to initiate the integration of technology throughout the nation and internationally by providing leadership on numerous national, state, and district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum in changing educational practice. As a forty-one year veteran educator, she has worked as a school principal, K-5 teacher, a library/media specialist, a classroom teacher, and as a university professor. In 2010, she was appointed by the FCC to the USAC board representing the nation’s schools and libraries on E-rate matters. Sheryl was the 2013 recipient of the National Coalition for Technology in Education & Training's Community Builder Award for exemplary service in support of policies and practices designed to facilitate the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning across the nation’s education system. She is the current chair for the CoSN state affiliate LACTO and serves as a board member and past chair of CoSN – The Consortium for School Networking in Washington, DC. Dr. Abshire is the past president of the Louisiana ISTE affiliate – LACUE where she presently serves as the Vice President of Advocacy and Programs. 
Superintendents' Panel: What Does a School District Need from a CTO?
  • Dr. Heidi Taylor-Eliopoulos, Superintendent, Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District
  • Dr. David J. Gundlach, Deputy Superintendent, Oshkosh Area School District