Chief Technology Officer

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
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
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
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
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Classroom Technology Leader To Learn From Smart Ed-Tech Strategy That Comes From the Classroom
Joseph Williams, the technology director in California’s Perris Union High School District, demands fast responses to IT problems and insists on keeping close connections to teaching and learning by sitting in on lessons and coaching his colleagues. He is recognized as a 2017 Leader To Learn From.
Benjamin Herold, February 22, 2017
6 min read
IT Management Video Smart Ed Tech Strategy That Comes From the Classroom
Joseph Williams, the technology director in California’s Perris Union High School District, demands fast responses to IT problems and insists on keeping close connections to teaching and learning by sitting in on lessons and coaching his colleagues. Williams oversees a $3.2 million technology budget that supports Chromebooks for all 10,700 students, has dramatically expanded opportunities for students and staff to learn computer science, and provides “maker spaces” for hands-on student building and creation. “What I didn’t want to do was try to effect change by riding a desk,” Williams says. “I needed to be able to lead from the classroom.” This video was produced as part of Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From project, recognizing outstanding school district leaders from around the country. More at http://leaders.edweek.org
February 22, 2017
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Special Report New Roles for a New Era
Articles in this special report explore the evolving roles of chief academic officers and chief technology officers in five school systems in California, Georgia, Iowa, Oregon, and New York.
March 28, 2016
Classroom Technology Leader To Learn From With Patient Approach, Houston Sets Bar for Digital Transformation
Under Superintendent Terry B. Grier and Chief Technology Information Officer Lenny J. Schad, Houston's high school students will be equipped with laptops and secondary schools will use digital-only instructional materials. They are recognized as 2015 Leaders To Learn From.
Benjamin Herold, February 24, 2015
6 min read
Special Report Managing the Digital District
This special report, part of Education Week’s ongoing series on virtual education, aims to address such questions and provide guidance for school leaders looking for new ideas and approaches for managing the digital evolution of their districts.
October 2, 2013