2019 Chief Technology Officer Mentor Program Nomination Form
The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Mentor training program is targeted to produce qualified California CTOs for K12 educational organizations. The vision for the program is:

An innovative training program that will prepare strategic leaders to inform, support, and drive efforts to improve teaching, learning and educational administration through knowledge management and the cost effective application of current and emerging technology.

This program provides classroom training which takes place in eight sessions (Friday night, Saturday all day). Instructors are qualified and experienced CTOs. This program is unique because of the following four major components:

1) Participants are nominated and screened
2) Each participant is teamed with his/her own mentor
3) Training involves “hands-on” experience and job related activities that participants use to develop a professional portfolio
4) Training is offered at a substantially lower cost than other professional development courses.

The CTO Mentor Program is sponsored and managed by the California Educational Technology Professionals Association (CETPA) in joint collaboration with the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) and is supported by the California Department of Education (CDE). It is our intent, through interagency collaboration to assist local education agencies in filling CTO vacancies throughout California with qualified CTOs. It is also our intent to establish a model professional development program that prepares technology leaders to successfully address challenges facing California's education system.

Participants will improve their knowledge and abilities related to leadership, education and technology as they participate in the following course topics: vision, leadership, strategic planning, professional development, project management, organizational management, fiscal management and budgeting, technology infrastructure, student and staff data systems, security, personnel management, assessment, accountability, education technology, and technology policies and standards. The curriculum is reviewed each year by the CTO Mentor Steering Committee and updated as necessary to ensure it is reflective of the current functions and responsibilities required of a CTO in an educational agency.

We are pleased to present this professional development activity focused on technology, leadership and education. We invite and encourage individuals to apply for these limited CTO Mentor Program placements.

Qualifications That Determine Ranking
This section describes the qualifications for applicants; these qualifications are the factors that will be used when ranking applications. A successful candidate for the CTO Mentor Program should currently be involved in some facet of technology and employed by a public or private school, district, county or state organization. Ideally, the application would include a nomination from the candidate’s superintendent or other individual from the candidate’s organization that demonstrates organizational support for the candidate’s participation in the program. The successful candidate will have experience in a professional setting (a minimum of four (4) years is preferred), a demonstrated expertise in technology (such as programming, system installation and management, e-rate or network management) and have or show potential in the following areas:

● Written communications, including being able to submit by the deadline a well written, complete application along with a resume and nomination form

● Oral communications, including presentations at professional development events and/or school board meetings, etc.

● Leadership, including experience as a department leader or project manager, or in another leadership role

● Human resource management, including experience supervising and evaluating staff

● IT Customer Service: networking, servers, desktops, user support

● Analytical abilities/logical thinking skills, including involvement with or management of large projects

● Fiscal management, including experience developing or assisting with the development of a technology budget, experience with school finance or purchasing, categorical fund acquisition and/or contract procedures

● Facilitation skills and people skills, including experience working with groups to engage them in activities such as planning, monitoring or problem-solving

● Involvement in the K-12 community (CETPA, CUE, CASBO, ACSA, CoSN, ISTE, etc.)

In addition, the candidate should have a career objective to become a fully qualified CTO in K12. Continued employment in K12 throughout the program is required.

It is essential that a successful candidate in the CTO Mentor Program have organizational support during the course of the program. Each candidate is expected to attend all classes, in person, in Northern California. Classes are held Friday nights and all day Saturdays, once a month. This may require the candidate to be away from the organization during work hours.

Each candidate must do all of the following to be successful:

● Attend all classes
● Communicate consistently with his/her mentor
● Complete all prerequisite assignments prior to each session
● Attend all eight sessions and actively and constructively participate in class activities and discussions
● Complete all assignments on time and receive a passing grade from the instructor
● Complete class oral presentation as assigned
● Build a professional portfolio with artifacts and reflections throughout the program
● Complete the final oral presentation as assigned
● Provide constructive feedback to the program

Accepted Candidates are expected to attend ALL classes. Please review the schedule carefully and confirm your availability. All classes will be held in the Irvine area of Southern California. Candidates are responsible for their own travel arrangements and must plan their travel to ensure they are able to attend the full class (leaving early to catch a flight is not acceptable).

Friday: 5:30 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Class topics are scheduled as the following (topics subject to change):

● Kickoff Meeting - February 1 (near Orange County airport)
● Session 1 – February 2 - Leadership and Strategic Planning (same location as Kickoff)
● Session 2 – March 1-2 – Professional Development, Educational Technology
● Session 3 – April 5-6 – Cybersecurity Part 1, Fiscal Management
● Session 4 – May 3-4 – Cybersecurity Part II, Organizational Management
● Session 5 – June 7-8 – Staff and Student Centered Aspects, Personnel Management
● Session 6 – July 12-13 – Technology Infrastructure and Data Systems, Project Management
● Session 7 – September 6-7 - Assessment and Accountability
● Session 8 – October 4-5 – Technology Policies and Standards, Technology Leadership
● Final Presentations and Commencement – November 11 -- CETPA Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA

Nomination Form
To be completed by someone other than the candidate. Please type on this form or attach additional information as needed. You may turn this form in separately from the application. If you are nominating yourself, do not fill out this form. Nominations from Superintendents are desirable.

COMPLETE AND RETURN BY September 14, 2018

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1. Why do you think this individual would make an excellent candidate for the CTO Mentor Program? *
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2. Referencing the required qualifications, what are the strengths of this individual? (This will assist in teaming the candidate with a mentor). *
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3. What are the areas of identified potential growth for your nominee? *
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