Washington, DC (March 14, 2007)–The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today announced that it is accepting nominations for the "David T. Kearns School CIO of the Year Award." The winner will be announced at the 2007 EduStat Summit sponsored by SchoolNet in New York City. The prestigious annual awards program recognizes top public school chief information officers who are making significant contributions to improve academic achievement and administrative processes.

"CoSN is delighted to have the opportunity to honor the excellent work of the CIO in public schools across the country," said CoSN CEO Keith R. Krueger. "The David T. Kearns School CIO of the Year Award was established to celebrate the best-of-the-best while raising awareness about how technology is improving school district performance and we are looking forward to the nominations."

The award is named in honor of David T. Kearns, former CEO and chairman of Xerox, who served as deputy secretary of education from 1991 to 1993. As founder and board chairman of New American Schools, David T. Kearns has vigorously pursued his mission to help save public education and provide an equal education to every American.

The Award program is open to CIOs and senior technology officers from public school districts with 20,000 or more students. Applicants are judged by a panel headed by CoSN and will be evaluated based on how the nominee has systematically used IT to accomplish the core mission(s)of the school district; had a positive mpact on students, teachers, administrators, parents and the community; and has shown leadership.

Nominate yourself or your CIO, CTO, or other district-level technology leader for the 2007 School CIO of the Year! Nomination applications will be sent directly to CoSN. Forms are available for download by visiting www.edustat.com. Nominations must be received by April 13, 2007. The winner will be announced at the CIO Awards Gala, held this summer during the 2007 EduStat Summit in New York, NY.

For more information, visit www.edustat.com.

About Mr. David T. Kearns

David T. Kearns is an inspirational education leader. He was a business leader who has truly led the education reform movement from its infancy to maturity. During his tenure as CEO and Chairman of Xerox, he began to relentlessly beat the education reform drum, beginning with a speech to the Detroit Economic Club in fall 1987, calling on the nation to focus on the growing education crisis. The speech became a book in 1988 entitled, Winning the Brain Race. David T. Kearns´ passion for high standards, public school choice, extended day and year, remains as essential today as when he first began speaking about it, in 1988. Mr. Kearns went on to become Deputy Secretary of Education and founder of New American Schools.

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 echnology 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.

About SchoolNet, Inc.

SchoolNet Inc. is the leader in School Performance Management (SPM), helping K-12 school systems to improve efficiency and increase achievement. SchoolNet´s School Performance Management systems are built upon an open, scalable platform that provides users with the data, reports, tools, and content to develop human capital, individualize instruction, and ensure school improvement. SchoolNet´s solutions are used successfully by some of the nation´s largest school districts including Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., and are based on industry standards such as Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) and the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), as recommended by the U.S. Department of Education´s National Education Technology Plan. SchoolNet is recognized by both Inc. Magazine´s Top 500 List and Deloitte´s Fast 50 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the country. SchoolNet was founded in 1988 by MIT Media Lab graduate Jonathan D. Harber and education author and analyst Denis P. Doyle. For more information, please visit www.schoolnet.com.

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