On September 22nd and 23rd,
40 senior-level technology
directors from school districts
across the country converged in
Trenton, NJ, at the invitation
of Tech & Learning for our
inaugural SchoolCIO Summit.
Their mission: to discuss, debate,
and create a document that lays
out what it means to manage a
21st-century school district.
They accomplished these
goals and then some. The following pages are a distillation of
four working groups that hashed out strategies over two days.
The working groups categorized these issues under four distinct
umbrellas: assessment, infrastructure, content, and students.
The conversations were thought
provoking and lively. The insights
gleaned were many and varied, so
much so that they don’t all fit in print.
More details and highlights, including
video interviews as well as participant
presentations, can be found in our
online vault at schoolcio.com.
|CIO guests began the Summit with a private tour of The Barracks Museum on the site of the famous Battle of Trenton, from the Revolutionary War. Dinner followed with a keynote talk by David Warlick.|
I’d like to thank all of the executives
who took their time and smarts to
contribute to this event, as well as our
keynote speakers David Warlick and
Jeff Mao. I’d also like to especially
thank Judy Salpeter, our grande dame
of events coordination, who went to
great lengths to ensure a productive
and sophisticated couple of days.
As always Diana Milbert and Jared
Stearns provided the intricate logistics
needed to herd dozens of CIOs (and
you thought cats were bad!). Our editorial team of Christine
Weiser and Ellen Ullman also rose to the occasion.
One final note of appreciation goes to the folks at EdRoom,
who facilitated the online discussion amongst our participants
before the face-to-face event. Many of the excerpts here were
pulled directly from transcripts they generated. You can see
their technology in action at http://www.edroom.net/.
Like what you see? Want to be invited next year? Please drop
me a line. This conversation is just getting started.