Chief Technology Officer

Doug Vander Linden, Director of Educational Technology, Burlington Unified School District, Kan.
Doug Vander Linden, Director of Educational Technology – Burlington Unified School District, Kansas
Evert Nelson for Education Week
School & District Management Leader To Learn From A Wrestling Coach Pins Down the Education Technology of the Future
A Kansas leader keeps his district abreast of evolutions in broadband and technology—and finds parallels in his role as a wrestling coach.
Alyson Klein, February 17, 2021
7 min read
IT Management Leader To Learn From Making Technology Work for Schools
As the technology director in the Vail School District in Vail, Ariz., Mark Breen’s tech savvy and deep understanding of what principals need has simplified the technology educators need to do their jobs and freed up time for them to focus on students. He is recognized as a 2020 Leader To Learn From.
Alyson Klein, February 19, 2020
7 min read
Curriculum Maker Spaces and Virtual Learning: Ed Tech Leader Q&A
Education technology leaders are increasingly called upon to help prepare students for the future of work. For one Tennessee CTO, that means creating maker spaces and helping students learn online.
Alyson Klein, February 18, 2020
5 min read
Ed-Tech Policy 'We Just Work Our Way Around It.' CTO Challenges in a Rural District
Internet connectivity, recruiting staff, and finding partners to learn from are all big challenges for an ed-tech leader in a district off the coast of Alaska.
Alyson Klein, January 2, 2020
4 min read
IT Management Austin CTO Kevin Schwartz Speaks: 5 Ed-Tech Problems and Solutions
The school district tech chief talks about helping educators avoid common mistakes, pumping up usage levels for ed-tech tools, getting tech and curriculum folks to talk to each other, and more.
Kevin Bushweller, October 1, 2019
4 min read
Special Report The 5 Biggest Challenges Facing K-12 Tech Leaders
This Education Week review of the top technology challenges facing K-12 schools is the third of three special reports focused on the needs of district technology leaders, including chief technology officers.
June 19, 2019
Classroom Technology What Good K-12 Tech Leadership Looks Like
Want to make your mark as a school district CTO or CIO? Technical expertise is just the beginning, and strong communication skills are a must.
Benjamin Herold, June 11, 2019
5 min read
Classroom Technology From Data Security to Digital Literacy: The 5 Toughest Tasks for One CTO
Rob Dickson, the executive director of information management services for the Omaha Public Schools, outlines his biggest challenges and lessons learned from this school year.
Alyson Klein, June 11, 2019
7 min read
IT Management Quiz Quiz Yourself: What Are the Biggest Challenges for Ed-Tech Leaders?
Quiz Yourself: What are some of the responsibilities of K-12 Chief Technology Officers? And what are some of their biggest challenges?
David Rosenzweig, June 3, 2019
1 min read
Privacy & Security Twitter Chat April 9 to Focus on CTO Needs Around Cybersecurity
Tune in to the #edCTOchat on April 9 at 2 p.m. ET for more information about how to fend off K-12 cybersecurity threats and how to handle attacks when they come.
Michelle R. Davis, April 7, 2019
1 min read
School & District Management 5 Things Superintendents Want Their Chief Technology Officers to Know
Building trust takes technical skills, strong communication, and a willingness to own your failures, said district leaders at the annual conference of the Consortium for School Networking.
Benjamin Herold, April 3, 2019
3 min read
School & District Management 'Surprise! You're a CTO Now.' 6 Tips for New School Technology Leaders
Being a good K-12 chief technology officer is about a lot more than just strong technical skills, according to a panel at the 2019 Consortium for School Networking conference.
Benjamin Herold, April 2, 2019
4 min read
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Privacy & Security The Best Defense Against Cyberattacks, From a District CTO
Melissa Tebbenkamp, the director of instructional technology for the Raytown Quality Schools near Kansas City, says her district's biggest cybersecurity risk is "ourselves."
Sean Cavanagh, March 19, 2019
10 min read
Special Report Unchaining Digital Data
This Education Week examination of school districts’ pursuit of “interoperability” is the first of three special reports focused on the needs of K-12 district technology leaders, including chief technology officers.
November 28, 2018