District Administration - June 2011 - (Page 44)

Special Technology RepoRT The Changing Role of the CTO District technology leaders are taking on greater responsibilities and contributing to the strategic vision of school systems. A 44 June 2011 By alaN DessOFF s Bailey Mitchell, chief technology and information officer in the 36,000-student Forsyth county (Ga.) school District, describes it, the way in which the school system made decisions about technology in years past was inefficient and pretty dysfunctional. “We’d go out and buy something, but if we didn’t ask anyone if it was instructionally relevant, it might not be used,” he says. “On the other hand, administrators in the academic and accountability departments would make a decision about something that might work for them and then lay it on the technology people to figure it out. That’s no way to go about it.” This sort of miscommunication no longer happens in the district, he says, because decisions now are made jointly by those in the technology department—along with curriculum directors, instructional leaders, finance officers and others—to ensure that any new technology contributes to the overall vision of the district. Mitchell, who is also chair of the consortium for school Networking (cosN), the professional organization for school technology leaders, attributes much of this change to his position now being included as part of the superintendent’s cabinet and to his close work with lissa Pijanowski, the district’s associate superintendent for academics and accountability. “We talk informally, prob- Boston (Mass.) Public Schools CIO Melissa Dodd meets regularly with Chief Academic Officer Irvin Scott to discuss strategies for using the district’s technology effectively. ably every day, to stay on the same page about initiatives, from the budget to federal or state compliance issues,” he says. Enabling the Mission The experience of Forsyth county is not unique. The role of a district’s technology leader, known District Administration

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - June 2011

District Administration - June 2011
Contents
From the Editor
Letters
News Update
Curriculum News
Sustainability News
Administrator Profile
District Profile
District-Level Downsizing
Lessons Learned from One-to-One
Partner for One-to-One Success
Pioneering States
The Changing Role of the CTO
New Directions for Special Ed
Problem/Solution
Books
Products
Student Counsel
Going Mobile
Professional Opinion

District Administration - June 2011

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