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Rural Districts Taking the Digital Leap

More than half of school districts and about one third of public schools in the United States are in rural areas. Rural districts have unique challenges when it comes to leveraging technology for learning, ranging from poverty and vast travel distances to a lack of affordable internet access.

While leading teaching and learning in rural school districts comes with some very specific challenges, opportunities also exist at the same time. Rural districts have unique opportunities due to their smaller size. They can be nimbler and school leaders often have more ownership of the schools. Rural districts often have strong community involvement. Teacher retention is strong. Many times, teachers teach in the same town—or even in the same schools—where they themselves were once students.

In this edWebinar three rural school district superintendents examine the challenges and opportunities that are unique to rural school districts when moving forward with technology tools—both for learning and for running a school district. Real-world strategies are shared along with an overview of resources available to support the work of school leaders in rural school districts.

This recorded session is of special value for school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders.

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Click here to learn more about the CoSN Empowered Superintendent Program and the edWebinar series that focuses on helping current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence in leading digital transformations.


Accessibility: Effective, Equitable Learning Environments for All Students

Accessibility is an essential principle in delivering equal educational opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities and English language learners. But accessibility impacts more than students. Schools and districts also need to ensure that all information provided to the public, parents, guardians and staff is accessible as well. In short, accessibility is part of the education equation. Districts need to keep accessibility policies and practices front and center—and equally important they need to make their commitment vocal and visible. Accessibility for all demands continued attention and ongoing modifications.

In this edWebinar three superintendents share how they are leading the complex issues involved in ensuring accessibility for all within their school districts. Five compelling steps for ensuring accessibility will be articulated with real world examples of the successful strategies that have been used to address accessibility for learning and teaching among all school district stakeholders.

This recorded session is of special value for school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders.

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Click here to learn more about the CoSN Empowered Superintendent Program and the edWebinar series that focuses on helping current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence in leading digital transformations.


Online Assessment: An Evolving Landscape and New Opportunities

Over the past several years most school districts have been compelled to implement online summative assessments. The challenges involved proved to be far more extensive than simply adding technology. The move to digital assessments has ushered in significant impacts on teaching and learning. Technology has rapidly emerged as an essential tool for planning, creating, delivering, and evaluating successful instruction. Today, online assessments are becoming standard and are used regularly, not only for summative or high stakes assessments, but also for ongoing formative measures of learning as well.

In this edWebinar, two school superintendents share how they are leading the drives to leverage the capabilities of online assessment as well as grow the capacities for online assessment within school environments. Nine specific recommendations for planning and implementing effective online assessment infrastructure and programs are reviewed. These recommendations help to ensure that the broader education community of students, teachers, parents, administrators and school board members will continue to benefit from the value of online assessments.

This recorded session is of special value for school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders.

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Click here to learn more about the CoSN Empowered Superintendent Program and the edWebinar series that focuses on helping current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence in leading digital transformations.


Leadership for Mobile Learning: Creating a Shared Vision

Even in today’s world of ubiquitous use of technology, we still continue to see some school districts implementing technology initiatives without giving enough consideration to their own fundamental reasons for moving forward. We have all seen or read about districts that launch 1:1 programs without thinking through why their students require individual access to digital devices. Sometimes districts feel they must keep up with their students who are viewed as digital natives or match a neighboring district’s technology program. Fulfilling a board mandate can also be the driver behind a decision to launch a 1:1 initiative. Without a coherent, shared vision for implementing any technology program, the project is likely to be diluted, lack the desired impact or worse, simply fail miserably.

In this edWebinar, learn from district leaders just what it takes to successfully deploy, implement and sustain a shared commitment to mobile learning and discover the “why” behind their own leadership in this arena. This recorded session is of special value for school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders.

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Click here to learn more about the CoSN Empowered Superintendent Program and the edWebinar series that focuses on helping current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence in leading digital transformations.


Cloud Computing: Taking Advantage of the Latest Technologies

The majority of IT workloads are already running in the cloud as districts turn to software as a service (SaaS) for email and other productivity tools, learning management systems, and other learning solutions. But SaaS is only one way to engage with the cloud—there are many other ways!

New technologies and applications are being developed in the cloud for numerous industries with many now becoming available to schools and districts. Moving to the cloud offers great benefits, but also requires new skills and analysis to determine what, when, and how to move. Learn from our superintendent panelists how they are leading their school districts’ efforts to leverage the advantages that cloud computing brings to multiple aspects of school operations.

This recorded edWebinar is of special value for school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation. Gain a better understanding of how and why to consider leveraging cloud computing in your own school district.

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Click here to learn more about the CoSN Empowered Superintendent Program and the edWebinar series that focuses on helping current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence in leading digital transformations.


Cyber Security: A Critical School District Priority

With the increasing concerns about security among individuals, families, districts and legislators, and increased teacher and student reliance on internet accessibility, school cybersecurity is subject to more scrutiny and questions than ever. It is now more critical than ever that school districts know how to take appropriate actions to be sufficiently aggressive in getting ahead of cybersecurity threats and problems.

In this edWebinar, superintendents Steve Bradshaw, Juan Cabrera, and Dr. Gary Lilly share their perspectives and experiences in dealing with the multiple issues that contribute to the complexity of managing and assuring cybersecurity in a K-12 learning environment. They examine the liability concerns when schools experience network security incidents and the impact those events can have on a district’s professional reputation and on teaching and learning. They also review the legal requirements that school leaders need to know and how those rules change over time, and the impact of any kind of breach on student digital records.

Each of the superintendents share their own stories about how they have worked with their districts and other groups to map out plans for cybersecurity and the impact that a security breach can have. This edWebinar is of special value for school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.

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Click here to learn more about the CoSN Empowered Superintendent Program and the edWebinar series that focuses on helping current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence in leading digital transformations.


Student Data Privacy: A Priority and Essential Commitment

As citizens, students, educators, parents, employees, and consumers, we all have concerns about maintaining the privacy of our personal data.

For school districts, data privacy is a multi-stakeholder priority, and it touches every aspect of operations—from student transportation to instruction, assessment to athletics, and counseling to community initiatives.

Today and going forward, student data privacy policies and their implementation are hard-wired to governance, discipline, purchasing, and communications practices. Assessing privacy and compliance policies and practices related to your system-wide use of technology is a continual priority.

In this edWebinar, the presenters cover five critical guidelines for ensuring data privacy in any school system’s use of technology.

Superintendents and district leaders will learn how to make student data privacy a district wide priority.

Strategies for communicating their district’s commitment to assuring student data privacy is shared by Dr. Charles Dumais and Dr. Quinn Kellis, the superintendents on the edWebinar panel.

Additionally, Linnette Attai, the Project Director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program, shares information about how school districts can earn CoSN’s Trusted Learning Environment Seal and why that process benefits stakeholders across a district.

Ann McMullan moderates this recorded edWebinar is of special value for school superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring leaders. Other educators interested in the most important edtech issues facing schools and districts will find this session very informative.

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Click here to learn more about the CoSN Empowered Superintendent Program and the edWebinar series that focuses on helping current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence in leading digital transformations.


The Empowered Superintendent: Leading Digital Transformation

In the first webinar in edWebinar series, co-hosted by CoSN and edWeb.net, Ann McMullan moderates this webinar with Dr. David Schuler and Dr. Chris Gaines, both active leaders in CoSN and AASA, as they share their best practices and recommended strategies for leading technology transformations within a school district setting.

They focus on specific strategies outlined in The Empowered Superintendents Toolkit. Dr. Schuler and Dr. Gaines share examples from their own experiences in working with their boards, school leaders, and their communities in leading teaching and learning to meet the needs of today’s students.

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Click here to learn more about the CoSN Empowered Superintendent Program and the edWebinar series that focuses on helping current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence in leading digital transformations.


Looking to the Future: How EdTech Vendors Can Lead Schools to Be Future Ready

We know personalized, research-based digital learning helps all students achieve, but making the transition to this type of instruction is no easy task for districts and schools. Infrastructure, processes, people, and technology must shift and change. And we all know change is hard.

As developers of curriculum, technology tools, data tools, and more, the education business community is uniquely positioned to help educators implement innovative changes. But how? Former Executive Director for Educational Technology for the Klein Independent School District, Ann McMullan, and Tom Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, will tell you how during this hour-long webinar.

These dynamic education leaders have seen and experienced firsthand what is required for districts to implement sustainable change. They’ll share:

  • The Future Ready Framework – It Starts with Leadership
  •  Seven Critical Gears for Success
  •  Future Ready 5 Step Process
  •  Making the Connections – ESSA & Future Ready
  •  What’s Next? Moving Forward with Future Ready Resources & Strands

This webinar will provide you with insight into how to be a valuable partner to school districts as you prepare for the summer sales season and back-to-school in the fall.

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A Roadmap for Women’s Leadership

Ann McMullan interviews Dr. Darline Robles, Professor at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. The two explore issues around women’s leadership in education through the lens of Dr. Robles’ career, which includes serving as the first Latina Superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (the nation’s largest regional service agency) and as Superintendent of school districts in California and Utah.

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Life Lessons in Leadership

In the fast-changing world of the 21st century, it is a given that at some point in your life – as a child, young adult or professional – the opportunity or responsibility of leading others will fall on your shoulders.

Whatever leadership role you find yourself in, there are basic principles of leadership that will strengthen your abilities and help assure your success. Those principles, and how to cultivate them will be shared in this webinar. This webinar will be of interest to anyone at any age who is serving as a leader or hopes to serve in a leadership position in the future.

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Tech in Today’s Schools: What EdTech Vendors Need to Know

A 2015 survey of district IT leaders by the Consortium for School Networking found that over half believe that their districts’ instructional materials would transition to digital to a “substantial” extent over the next three years*. How can curriculum, software and hardware developers help districts with the digital transition and what do districts expect from their vendors?

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Ed Chat Interactive

Leading Change in Challenging Times – Life Lessons in Leadership


Leading Change in Challenging Times – Larry Jacobs Show on Education Talk Radio

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