Cultivating Technology Leadership

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Location: Room 271-3
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Alissa DeVito  
Aaron Heintz  

Looking to promote leadership in your student or staff tech teams? Join three technology directors — all originally from the same team and now supporting individual schools — to discuss building leadership capacity within your teams. New and veteran technology directors will discuss challenges, successes and resources to help your team grow.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: iOS, Windows, Android
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Presenters will utilize Twitter and/or additional backchannel chat tools for this presentation. Attendees are encouraged but not required to participate. All tools selected will be device/platform agnostic for accessibility.
Topic: Leadership
Grade level: 9-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session places emphasis on building leadership for the benefit of the team and the school organization as a whole and speaks to the heart of the ISTE Educational Leaders standards. When members of students and professional teams have integrated leadership opportunities, buy in and success skyrockets. This allows organization to craft cohesive visions of technology that all believe in.

In this session participants will gain an understanding of the leadership opportunities that can be implemented in their communities and the important of such. Additionally, this will be an networking opportunity to connect those who value leadership within educational technology.


1. Quick Intros and Establishing Connections: The presenters will give a quick name introduction and then focus on connecting with the attendees. Attendees will participate in polling/survey rooms while norms are established. Presenters will introduce the (optional) backchannel chat for peer discussions and questions. (5 minutes)
2. Journeys: Each presenter will share their individual path towards technology leadership. Additionally, the presenters will share how they went from collaborating on the same district tech team to each becoming a director in different districts and the lessons learned from this. (5 minutes)
3. Building Student Tech Teams: Suggestions, tips, benefits and challenges to developing student leadership will be discussed. (10 minutes)
4. Turn and Talk (face-to-face and/or with backchannel): Do you have a student tech team? What tasks does your team work on? What benefits do you see from implementing this practice? (5 minutes)
5. Building Leadership in Professional Staff: Suggestions, tips, benefits, and challenges to growing professional leadership opportunities will be discussed. (10 minutes)
6. Turn and Talk: How large is your school/district professional tech team? How do you as a leader help promote leadership within your team? If you are not currently the Director/Coordinator, what would you like to see from your leader? (5 minutes)
7. Final sharing, presenter wrap up, networking connections (5 minutes)

Supporting research

Digital Leadership, Eric Sheninger

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Alissa DeVito, Cristo Rey Philadelphia HS
ISTE Certified Educator

Alissa is the Director of Technology and Innovation at Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School. Alissa and her CR team help students succeed academically while gaining real world work experience. Prior to her role in the CR community, Alissa was an Associate Director of EdTech, Technology Integration Coach, and middle school ELA/SS Teacher. Connect with Alissa on Twitter @alissa_devito

Aaron Heintz, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Director of Technology PreK-12 for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools.

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