IT Project Management Course for K-12 School System Technology Leaders - Course Syllabus

CoSN is pleased to offer the first-ever project management course that focuses on the unique needs and challenges of school system technology leaders. Using thought leadership resources and best practices, this course is aligned to CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills for the K-12 Chief Technology Officer (CTO), the foundation for the nationally-accredited Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) Program. Its structure and content are also based on the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition – a global industry standard for project management and the most widely recognized project management model for business and government.

This IT Project Management Course includes seven modules and provides participants with high-quality, practical, and wide-ranging protocols and resources that empower responsive and scalable project management practices. Course content references effective methodologies rooted in research and correlated to the K-12 environment through a practical lens. 

Facilitated IT Project Management for School System Technology Leaders 


Module 1

Class Introductions

Review of Course Syllabus and Requirements (Personalized Design Challenges)

Module 1: Introduction

  • PM Framework
  • Essential Terms
  • Build Org. Structure
  • Leadership Skills
  • Guide Project Lifecycle
  • Guide Project Constraints

Module 2

Module 2: Project Initiation

  • Identify Stakeholders
  • Plan Stakeholder Engagement
  • Select the Project
  • Develop Project Charter

Module 3

Module 3: Scope, Schedule and Budget Plan

  • Develop Project Management Plan
  • Develop Scope Management Plan
  • Collect Requirements
  • Define Scope and Acceptance Plan
  • Create Work Breakdown Structure
  • Develop Schedule Management Guidelines
  • Define Activities and Project Deliverables
  • Sequence Activities
  • Estimate Activity Resources
  • Estimate Time Durations
  • Develop Schedule 
  • Develop Cost Management
  • Estimate Costs
  • Determine Budget Allocations

Module 4

Module 4: Resource, Risk and Procurement Plan

  • Plan Quality Management
  • Plan Resource Management
  • Plan Communications Management
  • Plan Risk Management
  • Identify Risks and Project Characteristics
  • Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
  • Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Plan Risk Responses
  • Plan Procurement Management

Module 5

Module 5: Leadership and Quality Management

  • Direct and Manage Project Work
  • Manage Project Knowledge
  • Manage Quality
  • Acquire Resources and Staff
  • Develop Project Team
  • Manage Team and Track Resources
  • Communicate Information and Activities
  • Evaluate and Select Procurement Options
  • Manage Stakeholder Engagement

Module 6

Module 6: Monitor and Control

  • Assess and Status Project
  • Manage Change Requests
  • Validate Scope
  • Control Scope
  • Control Schedule
  • Control Costs
  • Control Quality
  • Control Resources
  • Monitor Communications
  • Monitor Risks
  • Control Procurements
  • Monitor Stakeholder Engagement

Module 7

Module 7: Closing and Success

  • Close Project and Sustain Success
  • Document Lessons Learned
  • Celebrate Success

Presentations of Personalized Design Challenges