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Don’t Stress Out … Step Up With Proven Edtech Leadership Strategies

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 105AB

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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
Chief Technology Officer
Mountain Brook Schools
Executive Director of Technology
Erin Rennick White is a dedicated and accomplished Executive Director of Technology with a strong background in education. She has been working in Mid-Del Public Schools for eight years and has been in her current role since September of 2022. Erin is also a proud mother of two children, Carter and Joanna. Her wife Shelby is a counselor in Mid-Del Public Schools. Erin's commitment to education and technology is rooted in her desire to help students succeed and reach their full potential, and she is deeply passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of those she works with.
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

At this pivotal time in human history, it’s time for a new form of edtech leadership. Join us in this interactive discussion as we review strategies that can relieve administrator and teacher stress and community concerns. Discover the inside scoop on how to craft your edtech leadership journey.

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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Strategies will be grouped under one of the following strands:
1. Being a Leader in changing the Education Narrative
2. Being a Leader within the learning ecosystem
3. Being a Leader for equity, diversity, and inclusion
4. Being an innovative Leader
5. Being a Leader for the future

Time will be divided equally between strands. We will have students interact peer-to-peer prior to discussing strategies using leading questions such as
What do you see as your role in the district? How can you enhance it?
When leading in the learning ecosystem, what is your role?
When leading with a focus on equity and inclusion, what is your role?
When leading with a focus on innovation, what is your role?
When leading with a focus on the future what is your role as a technology leader?

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Supporting research

The Future of Educational Leadership: Five Signposts that offers, “Five ‘signposts to indicate the direction that leadership should take.
CoSN’s Trends Around the Evolution of District Technology Leadership; and
CoSN’s Driving K-12 Innovation Report
CoSN’s Leadership Survey

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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 and can be accessed via QR Code provided.
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
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  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.