Washington, DC (May 18, 2007)–The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today announced four upcoming professional development training clinics to be held in California, Georgia, Maryland and Texas, designed to enhance the capacity of school district technology leaders.

"Education technology decision makers spend much of their time striving to stay current with technology and often lack the time to think about their own professional development," said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. "The School District Technology Leadership/CTO Clinics are a great way to tap into the best thinking around educational technology leadership for school district leaders."

CoSN and its state chapters host the one- or two-day Clinics, which include highly interactive sessions where participants hear "best practice" case studies and share experiences with colleagues. The Clinics will be held:

May 21, in Ocean City, Maryland
Produced with the Maryland CIO Council

June 19-20, in Plano, Texas (near Dallas)
Produced with the Texas K-12 CTO Council and Louisiana Chief Technology Officers´ Association

June 27 in Atlanta, Georgia during the NECC conference
Produced with the Georgia CIO Council

July 17 in Santa Clara (near San Jose)
Produced with CEPTA/3C Council

"While there are many technology conferences, the CoSN Clinics are the best for meeting the needs of district technology decision-makers, like myself," said Ed Zaiontz, Chair of the Texas K-12 CTO Council.

Each site will offer clinics on topics ranging from: calculating the value of technology investment, using Web 2.0 tools in education, open technology solutions, IT disaster preparedness, data-driven decision making, cyber security and social networking, and data retention.

Prior to the Texas Clinic, on June 18-19, a pre-conference CTO Clinic "Check-up" will be held to enable participants to hear from Plano Independent School District (ISD) technology leaders about best practices to successfully implement and maintain technology initiatives in schools, and discuss how the practices can be implemented in their districts.

Sponsors for the CTO/CIO Clinics include: Apple, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, GaggleNet, Harcourt, HP, Promethean, Microsoft, SAS inSchool, Synscourt, Toshiba, Vericept Corporation, Verizon Business, Wimba and Xirrus.

For more information about CoSN´s CTO Clinics, please visit http://www.cosn.org/chapters/CTOClinics/index.cfm.
About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
CoSN is the country´s premier voice in education technology leadership, serving K-12 technology leaders who through their strategic use of technology, 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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