“A concerted effort should be made to develop local experts who can assist with formal and informal professional development,” says the report. “CTOs should also record professional development sessions for on-demand learning opportunities for employees.”
To help CTOs meet increased expectations, the report advises that the school district leadership team and the CTO should clearly delineate expectations and timelines and communicate these across the district.
To develop the skills needed to support instruction, the report recommends that CTOs should participate on curriculum committees to develop, implement, and evaluate projects.
The report also urges that CTOs be included in policy discussions, as they are “mission-oriented and strategic. Further, CTOs should be proposing appropriate policies and practices related to their areas of responsibility.”
It added: “These conclusions should be noted by boards of education and superintendents. CTOs [should] be strategic leaders rather than being the chief technician.”
Illinois Chief Technology Officers
Consortium for School Networking
Note to readers:
Don’t forget to visit the Communication and Collaboration for More Effective School Management resource center. The ability to work together on group projects is seen as an increasingly important skill for the 21st-century workplace, and a growing number of schools are rewriting their curriculum to include opportunities for students to communicate and collaborate as a result.
Communication and Collaboration for More Effective School Management
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