Technology Leadership – Technology Director (CIO, CTO)

by Jean Tower

In this series of posts I am sharing DRAFT work of the ETAC and asking for your help.

Please help us through your comments here by adding to the description or by supplying us with a vignette. The vignette can be a very brief example or a “day in the life” – whatever you feel you can contribute.

DRAFT – Committee written (not claiming as my work : )

“The profile of the administrator of technology in our schools must be clearly defined to ensure the necessary impact in teaching and learning for our current students’ future success.
Districts currently have an “administrator of technology” whose titles and responsibilities are defined in as many ways as there are districts. This position is currently new in the educational landscape due to the technology evolution.  The profile must be clearly defined to move the educational technology agenda within our schools.   This key administrator must be a visionary leader who guides the vision, mission and goals within a school district.  This person must posses the necessary skills, understanding and competencies to address the technical, educational and administrative roles of technology in education.  This position must reside at the central office level and be consistent throughout the Commonwealth to ensure key aspects of technology integration and operations are occurring.  The “administrator of technology” must be well versed in:

  • the Massachusetts DESE curriculum frameworks, Technology Literacy Standards and Technology Benchmarks and National Standards (ISTE);
  • adult teaching methodologies relating to professional development and support;
  • pedagogy relating to teaching and learning in the classroom;
  • laws and guidelines relating to and not limited to software licensing, online usage, fair use guidelines, etc;
  • asset management for procurement, inventory, replacement;
  • broad technical knowledge (Certification in the technical field is not required but extensive knowledge to oversee the technical staff and by having a working technical knowledge enables the TBA administrator role to use the infrastructure to enhance both the educational and administrative environment);
  • data analysis as it relates to the multitudes of information available to districts including MCAS scores, student data and staff data;
  • electronic guidelines relating to technology (CIPA, electronic records, policy/guidelines ex. AUP, Web Publishing, email, disaster recovery);
  • project management (new building infrastructure, procurement, etc. and large deployment projects); and
  • evaluation procedures for both teaching and technical staff.

Currently CoSN (Consortium of School Networks) at the national level is working on defining the essential skills and creating the standards for a national licensure for this key administrative role.

Reference Documents: CoSN Compendium 2007, The Emerging Role of the District CTO”

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