Transition to the Role of 21st Century District Education Technology Leader Syllabus

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Are you a business leader who wants to get into the business of education? Are you a tech-savvy person who wants to learn more about K-12 education? This course is for you! District technology leaders come from various career paths—some from instruction, some from the technical side, and others from the business community. This course empowers them with the range of skills and abilities needed to be educational leaders—not just technology leaders—who provide the vision for the role technology can play in innovation. 17 CEA Credits toward CETL® recertification.

Module 1 – Introduction

  • Overview—the district technology leader as an educational leader

Module 2 – The Evolving Role of the K-12 CTO

  • What is a CTO?
  • The new, more proactive CTO
  • Defining a new vision
  • CoSN’s framework of essential skills of the K-12 CTO
  • The framework’s primary professional categories
  • Core values and skills
  • Reviewing the competencies
  • The four Cs
  • Self-assess
  • Resources and strategies for knowledge and skills acquisition
  • Module 2: Reflection questions
  • Module 2: Extending your study

Module 3 – Developing a Shared Vision for 21st Century Learning Environments

  • Working with key stakeholders to develop a shared vision
  • 21st century teaching and learning environment
  • More about 21st century learning environments
  • Telling the technology story
  • Understanding the “Third Wave” challenge
  • What are best practices?
  • Ensuring effective, challenging, engaging learning for all students
  • Module 3: Reflection questions
  • Module 3: Extending your study

Module 4 – Managing and Facilitating the Change Process

  • 21st century leadership
  • Cultural context of change
  • Helping stakeholders respond to change
  • Building support for change through collaboration and communication
  • Relational leadership
  • Module 4: Reflection questions
  • Module 4: Extending your study

Module 5 – The Strategic Planning Process

  • Key steps in the process
  • Strategic planning best practices
  • Conducting a needs assessment
  • Engineering solutions based on goals and objectives
  • Alignment of performance evaluations to strategic goals
  • The Baldrige education criteria for performance excellence
  • Adjusting your plan and communicating meaningful reports
  • Module 5: Reflection questions
  • Module 5: Extending your study

Module 6 – Building Relationships and Buy-In for the Technology Plan

  • Considering stakeholder groups
  • Principals as a stakeholder group
  • Possible solutions to address principal challenges
  • What matters most to teachers
  • Considering student voices
  • School board needs and priorities
  • Importance of community stakeholders
  • Module 6: Reflection questions
  • Module 6: Extending your study

Module 7 – Education Funding and Public School Budgeting

  • Sources of education funding
  • E-rate funding
  • More to consider
  • Guiding principles for effective budgeting
  • Having a vision for education technology is not enough
  • Adhering to state and federal laws
  • Public school budgeting, financing, and auditing functions
  • Module 7: Reflection questions
  • Module 7: Extending your study

Module 8 – Prioritizing Technology Investments and Expenditures on Student Outcomes

  • Core principles and strategies to consider
  • Applying principles and using tools for informed decision making
  • Return on investment
  • Project RED key findings
  • Total cost of ownership
  • TCO to help districts meet educational goals
  • Value of investment
  • The business of schools and VOI
  • Doing more with less
  • The need for strategic planning and managing of IT investments
  • Module 8: Reflection questions
  • Module 8: Extending your study

Module 9 – Ensuring Compliance with Policies and Programs and Ensuring a Safe and Secure Environment

  • Critical skills for the CTO
  • Rethinking acceptable use policies
  • Laws and legal issues and their implication
  • Ethical and professional behavior for technology use
  • The need for policies and procedures
  • Systems security planning
  • Challenges and priorities for school districts
  • Disaster recovery planning and risk assessment
  • Preparedness
  • Backups, data recovery, and inherent risks
  • Response and PR
  • Recovery
  • Module 9: Reflection questions
  • Module 9: Extending your study

Module 10 – Aligning Planning and Implementation to Goals, Ensuring Access for All, and Addressing Diverse Needs

  • Alignment of technology and resources to strategic goals
  • Supporting a high-performance learning environment for all
  • Environmental protection and green computing
  • Ensuring equitable access
  • Diverse needs and assistive technology devices
  • Anytime, anyplace, anywhere access
  • Building support and setting policies
  • Challenges but also potential
  • Module 10: Reflection questions
  • Module 10: Extending your study

Module 11 – Meaningful Professional Development

  • The CTO as an educational leader
  • The CTO’s role in providing professional development
  • Supporting professional development
  • Supporting educational best practices
  • Action steps
  • Purposeful professional development
  • Modeling and serving in an advisory capacity
  • Barriers to K-12 curriculum leader/CTO collaboration
  • Developing collaborative working relationships
  • Module 11: Reflection questions
  • Module 11: Extending your study

Module 12 – Staying Abreast of and Aligning Technologies to Curriculum Standards and Best Practices

  • Helping manage a high-performing learning environment
  • Standards for innovative teaching and learning
  • Staying informed about curriculum and assessment standards
  • Assuring online equity
  • Envisioning student-centered learning environments
  • Web 2.0 tools and resources for participatory learning
  • More about networked teachers and students
  • Four key areas of technology leadership for the CTO
  • Alignment of job roles and technology resources to empower staff
  • Module 12: Reflection questions
  • Module 12: Extending your study

Module 13 – Curriculum Drivers that can Impact IT Planning

  • Print to digital
  • Next-generation learning systems
  • Implementation of high-speed broadband access
  • Mobile Learning—a top learning technology
  • Scalability
  • Leadership a key enabler to successful IT management
  • Communicating reporting metrics
  • Module 13: Reflection questions
  • Module 13: Extending your study

Module 14 – Using Technology-Based Tools to Support Collaboration and Communication

  • Responding to needs of knowledge workers and stakeholders
  • Ensuring stakeholders know the district’s vision and strategic goals
  • Using emerging technologies to effectively communicate
  • Supporting effective stakeholder communications
  • Web-based content and learning management networks
  • Supporting school safety and parent notification
  • Benefits of technology-enabled district communication systems
  • The importance of collaboration and effective teamwork
  • Module 14: Reflection questions
  • Module 14: Extending your study

Module 15 – Utilizing Data-Driven Decision Making for Continuous Improvement and Increased Student Achievement

  • Obtaining comprehensive data to support continuous improvement
  • The drive to address individualized learning needs
  • Data collection in the process of continuous improvement
  • Creating a data-driven culture
  • Meaningful data collection, integration, analysis, and reporting
  • The CTO’s primary role in the data-driven decision making process
  • Including parents in the process
  • Gathering, cleaning up, and reporting out data
  • Making decisions from data reports
  • Professional development for successful data use
  • Characteristics of a data-rich culture
  • Benefits of standards-compliant applications
  • Student data privacy
  • Use of data management systems a national priority
  • Data as a powerful tool
  • Data risks and vulnerabilities
  • Whose data is it?
  • Module 15: Reflection questions
  • Module 15: Extending your study