IL CTO members who also belong to the Consortium of School Networking may be interested in reading the new 2010 CoSN Compendium, which outlines major trends predicted to change the role of the K-12 CTO. (An executive summary is freely available.) While I am personally not ready to embrace all of CoSN’s recommendations, I do agree with a major theme the report highlights, that “the role of the top-level technology leader in a school district … has expanded from that of a technician to the broader, more strategic and multi-faceted CIO/CTO role.” This theme echoes the findings of “The Challenges and Professional Development Needs of the District Technology Leader” research whitepaper by IL CTO co-founder Jeff Hunt that we published in May.
If you will be attending this week’s Illinois Education and Technology Conference in Springfield, I invite you to come to the “Rethinking the Role: The District's Technology Leader” workshop that IL CTO President-Elect Jim Peterson and President Keith Gillette will be coordinating at 2:25PM this Thursday, where they will present the findings of that IL CTO whitepaper and use scenarios to help us learn from one another as we navigate the expanding responsibilities of our school technology leader roles.Whether or not you can make that session, we hope you will join us for the IL CTO meeting for IETC attendees at 3:25PM on Thursday directly following our presentation, where will continue the conversation and provide a welcoming forum for prospective members attending IETC to learn about the professional benefits of participating in IL CTO.
We look forward to seeing you at IETC!