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  • We each introduce ourselves
  • Annamaria
  • Annamaria
  • Jean –explain the work that went into creating the original Framework and how it has been used in creating CoSN materials. Should explain that the Framework was originally created in 2001 but has been updated several times (because the profession itself is continually changing).
  • Jean
  • Annamaria: When CoSN officially started the work to create the certification exam, the Framework was again updated, this time by the item writing panel, which was assembled to write the exam itself. During this update, knowledge statements were added to the task statements (to perform this task and CTO needs this knowledge).
  • The framework focuses on four key spheres of essential skills: Leadership & Vision Understanding the Educational Environment Managing Technology & Support Resources Core Values & Skills All essential skill areas are focused on the goal of improved learning. The Framework recognizes the need to understand the educational environment and to have a robust skill set—not just in technology, but also in management and leadership and education. Annamaria: The Framework has three primary categories. Under each primary categories are essential skill areas. Each skill area has the job responsibilities (or tasks) and knowledge needed to perform that task. For instance: in the Leadership and Vision skill area, one of the tasks is “Lead infusion of innovative technologies in all aspects of education.” In addition, the framework has an overarching category of skills and attitudes – Core Values & Skills.
  • The framework focuses on four key spheres of essential skills: Leadership & Vision Understanding the Educational Environment Managing Technology & Support Resources Core Values & Skills All essential skill areas are focused on the goal of improved learning. The Framework recognizes the need to understand the educational environment and to have a robust skill set—not just in technology, but also in management and leadership and education. Jean – My thought for this slide and the next three is that we talk about a single skill in that column of the framework and what it means to us (an example, a challenge, a skill we feel we’ve mastered…). Then we invite people in the room to talk in small groups and then share out. We will have given everyone a copy of the framework to start the presentation.
  • The framework focuses on four key spheres of essential skills: Leadership & Vision Understanding the Educational Environment Managing Technology & Support Resources Core Values & Skills All essential skill areas are focused on the goal of improved learning. The Framework recognizes the need to understand the educational environment and to have a robust skill set—not just in technology, but also in management and leadership and education. Annamaria
  • The framework focuses on four key spheres of essential skills: Leadership & Vision Understanding the Educational Environment Managing Technology & Support Resources Core Values & Skills All essential skill areas are focused on the goal of improved learning. The Framework recognizes the need to understand the educational environment and to have a robust skill set—not just in technology, but also in management and leadership and education. Jean
  • The framework focuses on four key spheres of essential skills: Leadership & Vision Understanding the Educational Environment Managing Technology & Support Resources Core Values & Skills All essential skill areas are focused on the goal of improved learning. The Framework recognizes the need to understand the educational environment and to have a robust skill set—not just in technology, but also in management and leadership and education. Annamaria
  • The framework focuses on four key spheres of essential skills: Leadership & Vision Understanding the Educational Environment Managing Technology & Support Resources Core Values & Skills All essential skill areas are focused on the goal of improved learning. The Framework recognizes the need to understand the educational environment and to have a robust skill set—not just in technology, but also in management and leadership and education. Annamaria: OK, we have the framework – now what? What do we do with it? We can use the framework as a tool to do (list on slide)
  • The framework focuses on four key spheres of essential skills: Leadership & Vision Understanding the Educational Environment Managing Technology & Support Resources Core Values & Skills All essential skill areas are focused on the goal of improved learning. The Framework recognizes the need to understand the educational environment and to have a robust skill set—not just in technology, but also in management and leadership and education. Annamaria: talk about how one can use the framework to guide one’s PD
  • The framework focuses on four key spheres of essential skills: Leadership & Vision Understanding the Educational Environment Managing Technology & Support Resources Core Values & Skills All essential skill areas are focused on the goal of improved learning. The Framework recognizes the need to understand the educational environment and to have a robust skill set—not just in technology, but also in management and leadership and education. Jean
  • The framework focuses on four key spheres of essential skills: Leadership & Vision Understanding the Educational Environment Managing Technology & Support Resources Core Values & Skills All essential skill areas are focused on the goal of improved learning. The Framework recognizes the need to understand the educational environment and to have a robust skill set—not just in technology, but also in management and leadership and education. Jean
  • The framework focuses on four key spheres of essential skills: Leadership & Vision Understanding the Educational Environment Managing Technology & Support Resources Core Values & Skills All essential skill areas are focused on the goal of improved learning. The Framework recognizes the need to understand the educational environment and to have a robust skill set—not just in technology, but also in management and leadership and education. Annamaria:
  • The framework focuses on four key spheres of essential skills: Leadership & Vision Understanding the Educational Environment Managing Technology & Support Resources Core Values & Skills All essential skill areas are focused on the goal of improved learning. The Framework recognizes the need to understand the educational environment and to have a robust skill set—not just in technology, but also in management and leadership and education. Annamaria:
  • Jean
  • Jean
  • Jean
  • Annamaria: The Certification Governance Committee developed these eligibility requirements. Like most certification programs, the eligibility requirements include the three “E”s: education, experience, and the exam itself. Applicants are also required to sign the Code of Conduct, also typical of certification programs. This ensures that those holding the CETL designation represent the values and principles of the CTO field.
  • Annamaria
  • Jean: CoSN offers a number of ways to get you started on your study regimen: Self-assessment and a practice exam online. The practice exam was created by the exam’s item writers. All materials in knowledge center are tied to at least two of the Framework’s skill areas. CoSN is also creating other study materials for the exam. It should be noted that those creating CoSN prep materials are not privy to the exam content. There are no “teach-to-the-test” study materials. Again, this follows certification industry standards and ensures the integrity of the exam.
  • Jean
  • Annamaria
  • Annamaria: CoSN has a special section of the CoSN certification website dedicated to superintendents and school board members. It explains how they can use the Framework and the CETL exam to gauge the knowledge of their CTO staff, how to use it to hire only the best caliber CTOs and how can be used to map their professional development
  • Beta test scheduled for December 2011 Another Quality Control step Passing score identified Those who pass will be certified
  • Framework MassCUE2011

    1. 1. October 24, 2011 Who is that Wizard Behind the Curtain? Demystifying the role of the Technology Director www.gonemovies.com/www/MyWebFilms/Drama/WizardWizard1.jpg
    2. 2. Framework of Essential Skills & Certified Education Technology Leader Certification Program What they are and how they will help your career and advance the CTO profession Jean Tower, Director of Technology, Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough Annamaria Schrimpf, Director of Instructional Technology Winchester Public Schools
    3. 3. The Changing Role of the CTO In the past decade, the role of the CTO has evolved and now requires not only technical and educational skills and abilities, but also political and interpersonal skills. The research bears this out.
    4. 4. The Changing Role of the CTO
    5. 5. The Framework is Born Armed with the changing role of the CTO and recognizing the needs of members, the CoSN Board approved the creation of a CTO certification program.
    6. 6. Purpose of Framework <ul><ul><li>Clearly outlines responsibilities and knowledge needed to fulfil the responsibilities necessary to be a viable education technology leader. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focuses on expanded role of CTO as an educational – not just technology – leader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides roadmap for professional development both for CTOs and those who hire them </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Framework Created By and For CTOs <ul><li>Ensures that it reflects current professional knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Continually monitored and updated by subject matter experts as the CTO role continues to evolve </li></ul><ul><li>Framework and certification exam were developed and validated by those working in the field </li></ul>
    8. 8. The Framework Includes job responsibilities and the knowledge needed to perform these tasks
    9. 9. Leadership & Vision
    10. 10. Education www.thinkfinity.org/UploadedImages/image/features/21_century_PR_1.jpg
    11. 11. Managing Technology www.yokogawa.com/scd/img/scd-r901-image3-en.jpg
    12. 12. Core Values & Skills www.english.imjnet.org.il
    13. 13. Now What? <ul><li>CTOs – target own professional development plan to meet the skills in the framework </li></ul><ul><li>CTOs – share the framework with colleagues and supervisors to manage expectations </li></ul><ul><li>District interviewing teams – use in the recruitment and interview process </li></ul><ul><li>Superintendents – develop job description , goals, and expectations with CTO </li></ul><ul><li>Superintendents – evaluate CTO against the framework </li></ul><ul><li>CERTIFICATION </li></ul>
    14. 14. Professional Development www.flickr.com/photos/darrendraper/4780617045/
    15. 15. Manage Expectations fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/119/1/a/3_dogs_1_stick_by_mish65.jpg
    16. 16. Recruit and Interview
    17. 17. Job Description
    18. 18. Evaluate www.flickr.com/photos/jek-a-go-go/440119001/
    19. 19. Certification
    20. 20. Certification <ul><li>First-ever certification for education technology leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Created to test CTOs’ and aspiring CTOs’ knowledge of the education technology field </li></ul><ul><li>Beta-test in December </li></ul><ul><li>Official launch at the 2012 CoSN Annual Conference in March </li></ul>CoSN’s Certified Education Technology Leader
    21. 21. Purpose of Certification Program <ul><li>Enable strategic and systemic use of technology to improve learning in K-12 schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize the evolving role of the CTO and address the gap between the dual aspects of a CTO’s job – both educational and technical – thereby serving as a self-assessment. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a clearly identifiable role for the CTO within a district’s leadership structure </li></ul><ul><li>Elevate the profession and encourage districts to ensure that the CTO is participating in conversations at the Cabinet level. </li></ul><ul><li>Help CTOs and aspiring CTOs identify and find professional development opportunities that will help them acquire or strengthen skills and competencies required for success as 21st century education technology leaders. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Eligibility Requirements <ul><li>Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree </li></ul><ul><li>Four years of education technology experience </li></ul><ul><li>Education technology experience: demonstrable experience in the three primary skill areas </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leadership & Vision </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding the Educational Environment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Managing Technology & Support Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Sign the Code of Conduct and Terms of Confidentiality </li></ul>
    23. 23. How to Apply <ul><li>Create a profile in the CoSN Certification database. </li></ul><ul><li>Fill out and submit an online exam application with your payment. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications will be reviewed for completeness and adherence to eligibility requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule your exam. You will receive an Authorization to Test letter explaining this process </li></ul>
    24. 24. Preparing for the Exam <ul><li>Take self-assessment of your strengths and areas for improvement </li></ul><ul><li>Take our practice exam, which is a sampling of the types of questions that will be on the exam. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the CoSN Knowledge Center </li></ul><ul><li>Form a study group with members of your local CoSN Chapter or your colleagues from your district. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify a mentor in the CTO field willing to guide you with your studies. </li></ul>
    25. 25. CETL Certification <ul><li>Those who pass the test </li></ul><ul><li>Will be a Certified Education Technology Leader </li></ul><ul><li>Can include CETL after their name </li></ul><ul><li>Must recertify every three years to remain certified </li></ul>
    26. 26. Achieving Certification <ul><ul><li>Validates your mastery of the knowledge of the field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sets you apart from peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrates to your staff that you are dedicated to your career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instills confidence in your superiors </li></ul></ul>
    27. 27. Hiring Certified Professionals <ul><li>Demonstrates to your stakeholders that you are committed to the highest standards in your administration </li></ul><ul><li>Shows your employees that you are committed to their professional growth </li></ul><ul><li>Helps you hire or promote only the most skilled and knowledgeable education technology leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Ensures that your district is keeping current on the latest trends and best practices in education technology </li></ul><ul><li>Helps you match the skills of your technology team to the job requirements of those positions </li></ul>
    28. 28. First Exam Administration <ul><li>CoSN Annual Conference 2012 March 5 – 7 in Washington D.C. </li></ul><ul><li>Exam Registration Scheduled to Open January 2012 </li></ul>

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