Empowered Superintendents

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Superintendents can make or break educational technology initiatives. They are responsible for ensuring that their school districts embrace transformative digital learning. CoSN collaborates with superintendents to assess their challenges and increase their capacities to lead technology efforts. We are dedicated to helping current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams to build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence.
Empowered Superintendents Toolkit is done in partnership with AASA, the School Superintendents Association. CoSN is grateful to the following sponsors for their support: Classlink, Crown Castle Fiber, ENA, Filewave, HPKajeet, Pearson, and  PowerSchool.
Our new Superintendent one-pagers are a comprehensive, consistent set of resources on various edtech topics that guide and empower superintendents and their leadership teams in leading the digital transformation. 
These materials will help superintendents communicate to stakeholders on important edtech topics. 
Accessibility: A Key to Creating an Equitable, Effective Learning Ecosystem Everywhere, all the Time for all Students.
Cloud Computing: E-mail, Learning Management Systems, and Productivity Tools - You've Made It to the Cloud! Now What?
Leadership for Mobile Learning: How Can Districts Find Success with 1:1 Implementations? Start with the "Why"!
Online Assessment: An Evolving Landscape. New Opportunities. 
Student Data Privacy: A School System Priority. An Essential Commitment.
Strategic Technology Planning and Investment: Aligning Priorities. Balancing Choice, Cost & Outcomes. - part of the SmartIT initiative
Closing the Homework Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Learning Beyond the Classroom 
Education technology is a growing part of any superintendents' role. In focus groups and interviews with superintendents nationwide, we heard that ed tech projects inspire a lot of excitement, but also a lot of trepidation. To help empower superintendents in this area, we created an Empowered Superintendent Toolkit. Read and download Version 3.0 that was released in partnership with AASA, the School Superintendents Association.
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The Executive Summary will give you an overall introduction to the Empowered Superintendent Toolkit. Learn what's new in version 3.0 and view our skill areas, tools, and action steps at a glance.
Module 1 will help you truly dive into the Toolkit. Explore the issues more in-depth with a detailed examination of our Five Imperatives for Technology Leadership. Packed with testimonials, case studies, and more, Module 1 will give you a new perspective on the most important things you need to do to lead.
Module 2 will give you the Four Action Steps for Strengthening the Technology Leadership Team. How can you best leverage your team and structure its experience to foster the power of technology in education?
NEW Online Tools
Superintendents Advisory Panel
Dr. Peter Aiken 
Manheim Central SD, PA                
Dr. Jeanne Barker
Lenoir City Schools, TN
Dr. Steven Baule
Muncie Community Schools, IN
Dr. Luvelle Brown 
Ithaca City School District, NY
Mr. Juan Cabrera
El Paso ISD, TX
Dr. Karen Cheser
Ft. Thomas Ind. Schools, KY
Dr. Lewis Ferebee
Indianapolis Public Schools, IN
Dr. Chris Gaines
Mehlville School District, MO
Dr. Trey Holladay
Athens City Schools, AL
Dr. Carol Kelley 
Oak Park Elementary District 97,  IL 
Dr. Pat Kinlaw
Henrico County Public Schools, VA
Dr. James Lane
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Virginia Dept. of Education, VA
Dr. Gary Lilly 
Bristol Tennessee City Schools, TN
Ms. Ann Linson
East Noble School Corporation, IN
Dr. Michael Lubelfeld 
North Shore School Districe 112
Highland Park, IL
Dr. Chris Marczak
Maury County Public Schools, TN
Mr. Matthew Miller
Lakota Local Schools, OH
Ms. Michelle Murphy
Rim of the World Unified SD, CA
Dr. Susan Patterson
Cullman City Schools, AL
Dr. Kamela Patton
Collier County Public Schools, FL
Dr. Nick Polyak
Leyden High SD 212, IL
Mr. Keith Rittel
Provo City School District, UT
Dr. Jim Roberts
Bartholomew Consolidated
School Corp., IN
Dr. David Schuler, Chair
Township High School
District 214, IL
Dr. William Shields
Community Consolidated School District 93, IL
Mr. Randall Squier
Coxsackie-Athens Central
School District, NY
Dr. Mike Winstead
Maryville City Schools, TN
Dr. Donna Wright
Wilson County Schools, TN
Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss
Salisbury Township
School District, PA
CoSN Board Panel Members:
Ms. Lillian Kellogg

Senior Vice President, Client Services
Education Networks of America, TN
Mr. Lenny Schad
Chief Technology Information Officer
Houston Independent School District, TX
CoSN Staff Panel Members:
Mr. Keith Krueger
CoSN Chief Executive Officer
Washington, DC
Irene Spero
CoSN Chief Strategy Officer
Washington, DC
Marci Giang
CoSN Director of Professional Advancement 
Washington, DC

Ann McMullan
CoSN Empowered Superintendents Project Director
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Lisa Karmacharya
Executive Director
Mississippi Association of School Administrators 
Dr. Kirk Miller
Executive Director 
School Administrators of Montana 
Dr. Charles Dumais
Executive Director 
Cooperative Educational Services, Fairfield County, CT
Dr. Johnny Veselka
Executive Director Emeritus
Texas Association of School Administrators 
Ms. Monica Cougan 
Product Manager
Education Networks of America, TN
Mr. Michael Flood
Vice President, Strategy
Kajeet, Inc.
Ms. Erin Grubbs
Campaign Strategy
PowerSchool Group, LLC
Mr. Jim McVety
VP Marketing & Strategic Partnerships
Mr. Stephen Mirante
Director of Strategic Sales 
Mr. John Versaggi
Director of Sales
Crown Castle Fiber
Mr. Mike Lawrence
Senior Director, Educator Engagement 
PowerSchool Group, LLC

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head with a turned on light bulb icontwo people holding up one person iconThis CoSN resource is related to the following skill areas from CoSN's Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO