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Technology Liftoff: Boosting Organizational Efficiencies and Investments Using an Independent Technology Review

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 113A

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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.
Chief Technology Officer
Ector County ISD
Kellie Wilks has dedicated 25 years to K12 education as a teacher, and other technology focused positions. She is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Ector County ISD in Odessa, TX. She believes today’s students need a new and diverse advocate that recognizes organizational disruption as an avenue for opportunities, success and self-renewal.

Session description

Conducting an independent technology review is one of the absolute best ways to streamline efficiency, improve productivity and measure benefits of technological investments. As champions of change, learn how Ector County in West Texas became the first school district to use SpaceX satellites to deliver high-speed internet access.

Purpose & objective

Purpose: Participants will learn innovative strategies about how to structure an independent technology review to bring about strategic improvements in a technology service department.

Objectives: Participants will focus on specific strategies that are aligned with school system strategic plans and technological approaches to embrace innovative change that will meet the demands of equity and diversity in student learning environments.

Attention will be directed towards providing higher levels of performance through staff accountability, increased communication, physical facility structures, and streamlined efficiencies within the technology department.

Participants will take away an innovative framework that they may use to conduct an internal or independent technology review of their technology service department.

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1. The audience will be provided an overview about the innovative design of SpaceX in Ector County ISD, located in West Texas (Odessa). Challenges will be described in terms of what these innovations would require from technology service staff. (10 minutes)

2. Presenters will share details about the technology review strategy used, including interviews and communication strategies with staff, walk-throughs of the facilities, and the analysis conducted. (10 minutes)

3. Participants will be provided a copy of the technology review scope, findings from the review, and the action plan for improvement. Emphasis will be directed towards how the technology review is aligned to the Ector County strategic plan. (5 minutes)

4. The audience will be engaged by interactively discussing in groups/teams, to share their strategies and experiences in working with technology service departments. An activity is designed around the technology review findings and action plan for improvement, to give participants ideas about how they too may improve their school systems technology services. (30 minutes).

This session will inspire high-spirited conversations directed towards taking action to support creative thinking and providing better services for students, parents, educators, and leaders.

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Supporting research

American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) for K-12 Education, services to support excellence in education:

National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) for Education Excellence:

CoSN Leadership Survey 2022

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Session specifications

Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
Subject area:
Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.