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The Well-Rounded Leader: CTO Forum With CoSN, ATLIS and ISTE

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Location: MCCNO Room 243-5
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Engage and connect : Forum

Dr. Jill Brown  
Diane Doersch  
Marlo Gaddis  
Margaret Hamel  
Keith Krueger  
Christina Lewellen  
Dr. Kelly May-Vollmar  
Robert Olsen  
Marci Price  
Dr. Scott Smith  

Join CoSN, ATLIS and ISTE for the CTO Forum, designed for school and district leaders to explore essential abilities for successful leadership. This interactive session will allow participants to share best practices and also learn from colleagues through rich discussion. If you are a CTO, superintendent, head of curriculum, technology, finance or a building leader, this is where you need to be.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: We do not want rounds for 4 people, we want rounds that hold 10 people each.
Topic: Leadership
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session is designed for school and district leaders to explore essential abilities for successful leadership. This interactive session will allow participants to share best practices and also learn from colleagues through rich discussion. If you are a CTO, superintendent, head of curriculum, technology, finance or a building leader, this is where you need to be during ISTE.


1 Overview: What we know about outstanding leadership, our solid foundation.

2 Success Stories: What has been reinforced through this past year, highlighting:
-Leadership & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
-Sustainability & Purchasing
-Safety in a Digital World & Cybersecurity

3 Conversations: Deep dive collaborative discussions on Leadership, Sustainability and Safety in a Digital World. Individual groups will capture ideas and collect resources to share with the entire group.

4 Ideas: Sharing of aha moments and tips to take back to school

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Dr. Jill Brown, CoSN

Jill Brown, PhD, Director of Professional Learning for CoSN, oversees all of CoSN’s online learning programs. Jill has a BA in Elementary Education and Mathematics, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of New Mexico. Jill is a nationally recognized Educational Technology leader passionate about engaging and empowering educational professionals through technology and personal connections. Experience teaching PK-12 students, pre-service teachers, graduate students, and practicing teachers in blended, online, and face-to-face environments. Founded non-profit professional organizations locally and nationally.

Diane Doersch, Digital Promise

Diane W. Doersch is the Senior Director of Information Technology at Digital Promise. She was formerly a Chief Technology & Information Officer of a large Wisconsin School District. Diane was a classroom teacher and holds a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Lesley University and possesses her Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) National Certificate from CoSN. She is currently president of Northeast Wisconsin Women in Technology (WIT), an organization devoted to supporting women in the field of Technology. She is also the Consortium of School Networking's (CoSN) Chair. Diane is passionate about helping to grow IT leaders.

Marlo Gaddis, Wake County Public Schools

Marlo Gaddis is the Chief Technology Officer for the Wake County Public School System. Marlo serves on K12 Education Advisory Boards for the RTM K-12 Congress, Lenovo and IMS Global. She is on the Board of Directors for CoSN. She is a founding member of the NC CoSN chapter and a CoSN CETL.

Keith Krueger, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

Keith is CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a nonprofit organization that serves as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders in North America. CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. He was selected by Ed Tech magazine for it’s 2021 K-12 IT influencers. He is Chair of the Learning First Alliance and is on the Executive Committee of the National Coalition on Technology in Education & Training (NCTET). He is principal investigator of the Driving K-12 Innovation series.

Christina Lewellen, Association of Technology Leaders in Ind

Christina Lewellen, MBA, CAE, Executive Director, Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools, is a seasoned association executive who brings a data-driven framework to business planning and strategy, having earned her MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives. She was named the Executive Director of ATLIS in 2019 and travels coast-to-coast visiting independent schools and their leadership teams. She serves as a trustee for the Harmony Foundation International and is a board member for the Virginia Society of Association Executives.

Dr. Kelly May-Vollmar, Desert Sands Unified School District

Dr.May-Vollmar is a former teacher, Principal, and CTO. She currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational & Technology Services for DSUSD. Dr. May-Vollmar was named the ACSA CA State Technology Administrator of the Year and the California IT in Education (CITE) Educational Leader of the Year She is a national speaker in the areas of equity, technology, ed tech, instructional leadership, and access for all students as she led her district to build its own LTE network to ensure student access. She also serves on the CoSN Board and is the Co-Chair for the CoSN CTO Council.

Robert Olsen, Ankura

Robert Olsen is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura, based in Baltimore. He is the Global Head, Cybersecurity and Privacy and has over 25 years of experience developing, implementing, and managing complex cybersecurity and information technology enterprise risk management programs. Bob has served as a chief information officer and chief information security officer for clients across a diverse set of industries and organizational sizes. He is a leader in the provision of reactive, data analytics, and proactive cybersecurity services to government, private industry, and not-for-profit clients. Bob is also a serial entrepreneur and adjunct professor, cybersecurity at Johns Hopkins University.

Marci Price, ISTE
Dr. Scott Smith, Mooresville Graded School District

Dr. Scott Smith has twenty-five years of experience in the area of education, curriculum, and technology. As a teacher, instructional technology facilitator, systems engineer, director, Chief Technology Officer, and now Assist Superintendent, Scott understands all aspects of curriculum, instruction, technology, media and facilities. Formerly president of NCTIES (NC’s ISTE Affiliate), Scott led efforts for NC’s technology educators. Scott is CETL (Certified Educational Technology Leader) from CoSN and Co-President of the NC Chapter of CoSN. Scott is the Assistant Superintendent for Auxiliary Services with Mooresville Graded School District, NC.

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