By Ramiro ZunigaIt goes without saying that it is not easy being in a leadership position. There are so many things to deal with beyond simply doing the work. There are personnel issues. There are morale issues. There are political issues. So how does one deal with this? Good question.
In a March 28, 2016, Education Week article, author Sean Cavanaugh wrote, “In many K-12 systems, the jobs of [CAOs and CTOs] have become increasingly intertwined, as technology has evolved from an add-on or complement to instruction to a core piece of how teachers, students, and administrators go about their work.” CAOs need to be sure principals and teachers are closely involved in choosing core information systems. The CAO can be the best advocate for front-line educators, who in turn are the best advocates for students and parents. Here is a link for a quick guide to Setting a Place for CAOs at your District's Table.
Collaboration among top school district leadership is a challenging but essential component for executing the mission and vision of the district. Individually, each member brings his or her own experience and expertise to the district. Together, they move the district down the path of excellence.
District collaboration is becoming more important as schools across the country use ever-more sophistacted technology. Decisions about what is best for students do not fall on just one or two people's plates anymore. District leaders need to come together and realize how each person at the table plays an important function in student achievement. This month we explore how district leaders can better collaborate with the Chief Technology Officer. Follow this link for a quick guide to Setting a Place for IT at your District's Table.