The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), in partnership with the Texas Association of School Administrators and CoSN’s Texas state affiliate chapter, the Texas Educational Technology Leaders (formerly The Texas K-12 CTO Council), is honored to support the work of current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams in leading all aspects of digital learning transformations.
EmpowerED Superintendent edLeader Panel Series
Creating and Leading a Professional Team of Lifelong Learners
The most recent live of the EmpowerED Superintendent edLeader Panel Series, “Creating and Leading a Professional Team of Lifelong Learners,” aired Monday, October 10, 2022. Dr. Deborah Kerr, Superintendent, St. Francis School District, WI, Dr. John Malloy, Superintendent, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, CA, and Marlon Styles, Superintendent, Middletown City School District, OH, were the featured superintendent guest panelists. The three superintendents shared the strategies they use to lead in their school districts to assure that not only students, but also their entire district staffs, have opportunities to participate in ongoing, effective, and impactful technology professional learning opportunities that specifically target digital literacy and the technology capacity of their educators, administrators, students, parents, and families. Ann McMullan, Project Director for the CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) EmpowerED Superintendents Initiative, was the host and moderator of the superintendents’ panel discussion. The EmpowerED Superintendent edLeader Panel Series, now in its fifth season, is co-hosted by CoSN, AASA, and edWeb.net, and sponsored by ClassLink. If you missed the live broadcast, you can watch the recording or listen to the podcast version of the panel presentation at: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/supers20221010/
Leadership Challenges and Solutions Regarding Data Privacy in Technology-Enriched Learning Environments
The next live broadcast of the EmpowerED Superintendent edLeader Panel Series, “Leadership Challenges and Solutions Regarding Data Privacy in Technology-Enriched Learning Environments,” will air Monday, November 14, 2022, at 4 p.m. Central Time. Casey Bertram, Superintendent of Bozeman Public Schools, MT, joins Dr. Alex Marrero, Superintendent of Denver Public Schools, CO, and Dr. Penelope Martin-Knox, Superintendent of Raytown Quality Schools, MO. They will share the leadership strategies they implement to assess their school districts’ privacy and compliance policies. The superintendents will address specific critical guidelines, including how to stay current with state and federal laws while also keeping instructional impacts in mind. They will also share effective training strategies for staff and students. All three superintendents represent school districts that have earned the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal, the nation’s only privacy framework designed specifically for school systems. Attendees will learn how their own school districts can earn the TLE Seal. Free registration for the November 14 live broadcast is available at: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/supers20221114/
New CoSN Resources
Making the Case for Increased Investment in Cybersecurity: A Primer for K12 School Districts Just Getting Started with Cybersecurity
This new primer identifies five actions a school system IT staff can take to better defend IT infrastructure. It is focused on low-cost solutions for districts with minimal resources. Learn more at:
Schools and Social Media: The Critical Need for Verification and Dedicated Reporting Processes
CoSN and NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association) recently released this collaborative report on the critical need for verification and dedicated reporting processes for schools and districts in order to prevent harm to students and staff caused by malicious and fraudulent accounts. Access the Executive Summary and other information at:
Challenges and Opportunities of Cybersecurity Positions in K-12 Organizations
CoSN released a new resource for K-12 schools and districts seeking to address the need for advanced cybersecurity skill sets within their technology teams. This report was commissioned by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) as part of the work of its Cybersecurity & Privacy Collaborative and was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Access the full report at: https://www.oercommons.org/courses/cybersecurity-staffing-resource-for-k-12
CoSN & Texas Educational Technology Leaders Membership
If your school or district would like more information about joining CoSN or getting more involved with CoSN, please contact MSheffield@cosn.org. For information about Texas Education Technology Leaders, please contact Dianne Borreson, Executive Director, Texas Education Technology Leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 855.458.9286.