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: CatchOn,  ClassLink, Clever, ENA, Filewave, HP, Pearson, PowerSchool, Securly, and THE Journal
CoSN is proud to have the endorsement of over 60 superintendents, associations and industry leaders:

Advisory Panel & Endorsers 

CoSN and edWeb have joined together to present a monthly webinar series, "The Empowered Superintendent". On the second Monday of each month at 5pm ET, Ann McMullan, CoSN's Empowered Superintendent Project Director, interviews a variety of superintendents who share their stories and expertise on how they lead digital transformations in their school districts. Each month focuses on a different aspect of leading district-wide technology initiatives.

Empowered Superintendent Toolkit Version 3.0

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. 

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Critical Focus Areas: Issue One-Pagers

Our 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 Digital 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 

NEW:  Trusted Learning Environment:  The Role of  Leadership in Student Data Privacy

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Online Tools

Rate yourself and your team to determine your readiness to implement effective edtech learning environments in your school system. 

Superintendent Self-Assessment

CTO Self-Assessment 

District Leadership Team Self-Assessment


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