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Pop Quiz Therapy: Building YOUR Tech Leadership Skills

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 204C

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Former Chief Technology Officer
Formerly with Calcasieu Parish Sch Bd
ISTE Certified Educator
Retired CTO Calcasieu Parish Public Schools Louisiana. ISTE Certified Educator, longtime transformational technology innovation integration expert, led technology infusion into curriculum districts, states, internationally. Teacher-principal-library-media specialist-CTO, assistant professor. Accomplished grantwriter/trainer-reviewer National Science Foundation. Founding member ISTE-NETS,ISTE-Standards Accreditation Committee. Deeply involved infusing technology-standards-based instruction. First teacher inducted National Teachers' Hall of Fame. U.S. Education Department Technical Writing Team National EDtech Plan, nationally recognized consultant/speaker/educator, FCC appointed USAC board, Sought-after EDtech speaker, presented published nationally/internationally. ISTE Public Policy Advocate Award, ISTE MakingItHappenAward, CoSN past Chair
Sr. Director of Information Technology
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.
Cybersecurity Coalition for Education
K-12 Independent CTO, Project Director
@Frankie Jackson
Frankie Jackson is a nationally recognized Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in K-12, leading education technology initiatives for 25+ years at the state and national levels, working in large districts with students between 25K-116K. She currently serves as a Project Director for CoSN, the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Texas Education Technology Leaders. She also consults independently as an education technology leader and success advocate. As a member of CoSN’s policy committee and CoSN’s advisory board for Driving K-12 Innovation, she authors CTO instructional content and serves as a subject matter expert for CoSN’s Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) program.
former CTO and now Project Director
CoSN Early Career K-12 CTO Academy
Donna is currently facilitating the CoSN Early Career K-12 CTO Academy and has been a CTO and EdTech leader since 1982. She has been quoted in national publications such as District Administration, EdSurge, EdTech, Tech & Learning, edScoop, Education Week, Forbes, and eSchool News. Accomplishments include Executive Committee and CoSN Board, recipient of the National ISTE Making It Happen Award, Sally Moore Award, National Withrow CTO Award Honorable Mention, EdTech Digest’s Trend Setter Award, and Marbury Technology Innovation Award and 2016 ISTE Distinguished District Award. Donna has presented at ALET, AETC, CoSN, AASBO, SSA, ACTE, SXSW, iNACOL, and ISTE.

Session description

Calling Edtech Leaders! Join us as we flip through the deck of challenges for edtech leaders. Collaboratively discuss possible solutions using a game format. We know the smartest person in the room is the room! Join us for an engaging, fun, interactive discussion on what keeps leaders up at night.

Purpose & objective

1. Participants will engage in interactive discussions sharing their strategies to guide practice and build knowledge in the participant community.
2. Participants and presenters will discuss innovative frameworks and solutions that are flexible, sustainable, performance based, and cost effective – all geared towards delivering ubiquitous and improved instruction.
3. They will learn how to create or modify new strategies and align them with school system strategic plans and administrative-instructional-technological approaches to address learning continuity and district improvement.
4. Participants will have access to a Wakelet of resources provided by presenters and participants and a Padlet of proposed strategies developed and shared during the session.

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1. Audience will be divided into groups/teams. (5 min.)
2. Presenters will provide a game based format by flipping through a deck of topics that keep EdTech Leaders up at night stopping on each topic.
3. Presenters will share a strategy for the topic as an example.
4. Groups will then discuss and share their strategies and/or develop new strategies for solutions that are added to the Padlet. Shared websites and documents discussed will be posted on Wakelet by participants.
5. Game will continue through a series of topics including but not limited to cybersecurity, sustainability, building diverse and inclusive successful teams, and equitable distributions of resources.
The remaining 55 minutes will divided equally among the challenges in the game deck. The session will be fully interactive for all participants.

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Supporting research

CoSN Leadership Survey 2022
Continuity of Learning Guidebook
Restart Reinvent Schools COVID Full Report
Back to School Rubric v2.0

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Session specifications

Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
All resources are cloud based.
Primary resources are Wakelet and Padlet. A QR code will be provided to access and contribute to all resources.
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.
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.