Washington, DC (November 21, 2006)–The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today announced the launch of three new state chapters in New Mexico, Louisiana, and Georgia. CoSN’s state chapters are designed to meet the needs of school district education technology leaders in a more local and immediate way.

“We are thrilled to launch these three new chapters and look forward to expanding our support for CTOs at the state level around the US,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “Nationally CoSN is building a community for CTOs and other education technology leaders around leadership, advocacy and information-sharing networks, and these new CoSN state chapters will support all these activities.”

Following the model of other CoSN state chapters in Texas, Maryland and California, all of the new chapters were founded by local Chief Technology Officers (CTOs).

“The New Mexico Chief Information Officers (NMCIO) look forward to working with CoSN,” said Tony Korwin, Director of Technology Support Services, Alamogordo Public Schools (NM). “We welcome opportunities to further develop our network of ed tech leaders in New Mexico, and the launch of this new chapter will aid us in our efforts.”

“The Metro Atlanta CIO Council led the movement for the creation of a CoSN chapter in Georgia,” said Katie Lovett, Chief Information Officer, Fulton County Schools (GA). “We are excited to work with CoSN at the national level to develop a wide range of tools and services for district-level administrators here in our local community.”

“CoSN provides great leadership in ensuring that CTOs have access to professional development tools and other resources necessary to inform us of best practices and assist in the development of our technology vision. We look forward to developing this new partnership between the Louisiana Chief Technology Officers’ Association and CoSN,” said Sheryl Abshire, Administrative Coordinator of Technology, Calcasieu Parish School System, Lake Charles (LA) and Chair of CoSN’s Board of Directors.

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is the country’s premier voice in education technology leadership with a mission to serve as the national organization for K-12 technology leaders who use technology strategically to ultimately improve teaching and learning. CoSN provides products and services to support and nurture leadership development, advocacy, coalition building, and awareness of emerging technologies.

CoSN leadership initiatives include: Accessible Technologies for All Students (www.accessibletech4all.org); Cyber Security for the Digital District (www.securedistrict.org); Data-Driven Decision Making (www.3d2know.org); K-12 Open Technologies (www.k12opentech.org); Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom (www.classroomtco.org); Value of Investment (www.edtechvoi.org) and the development of the Council of School District Chief Technology Officers (CTO Council).

CoSN’s membership includes a unique blend of education and technology leaders, policy makers, and influencers from the public and private sectors. Our audience includes key technology leaders (often called Chief Technology Officers–CTOs) in leading-edge states and districts, policy makers, private sector leaders, as well as those technology leaders who wish to accelerate their districts’ or states’ systemic technology use. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s programs and activities supporting leadership development to ensure that information technology has a direct and positive impact on student learning in elementary and secondary schools.

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