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Framework MassCUE2011

  1. 1. October 24, 2011 Who is that Wizard Behind the Curtain? Demystifying the role of the Technology Director
  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
  11. 11. Managing Technology
  12. 12. Core Values & Skills
  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
  15. 15. Manage Expectations
  16. 16. Recruit and Interview
  17. 17. Job Description
  18. 18. Evaluate
  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>