2018 CTO Mentor Program Mentor Application
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.

Timelines and Class Schedule
I. 2018 Application Timeline – August 23, 2017 - September 29, 2017
● Application, resume and nomination form are due September 29, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. Electronic submission through this form is required. Other submissions will not be accepted.

II. 2018 Program Timeline
● October - Selection of candidates and notification of selected mentors
● February 2018 – Classes begin (mentors required to attend the kickoff meeting but not all classes)
● November 2018 – Commencement at the CETPA Annual Conference in Sacramento, CA

Andrea Bennett

Mentors are not required to attend classes but are expected to communicate with their candidate before and after classes. Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening and end at 9:30 p.m. Saturday class is from 8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. The February kickoff will begin at 10 am. You are responsible for your own travel arrangements. Class topics are subject to change.

● Mentor Training - February 1, 2017 in Sacramento, 10am-4pm
● Kickoff Meeting - February 2, 2018, 10 am start time
● Session 1 – February 3, 2018 - Leadership and Strategic Planning
● Session 2 – March 2-3, 2018 – Professional Development, Educational Technology
● Session 3 – April 6-7, 2018 – Fiscal Management
● Session 4 – May 4-5, 2018 – Security Fundamentals, Organizational Management
● Session 5 – June 8-9, 2018 – Staff and Student Centered Aspects, Personnel Management
● Session 6 – July 13-14, 2018 – Technology Infrastructure and Data Systems, Project Management
● Session 7 – September 7-8, 2018 - Assessment and Accountability
● Session 8 – October 5-6, 2018 – Technology Policies and Standards, Technology Leadership
● Final Presentations and Commencement – November 12, 2018 CETPA Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA

Qualifications and Responsibilities
A successful mentor candidate for the CTO Mentor Program should have the following qualifications:

✓ Currently hold a position as a leader in K-12 technology (at least 10 years of experience is preferred)
✓ Have hands-on experience with K-12 technology
✓ Hold a degree in business related field or a CTO certification, or have demonstrated work experience
✓ Be willing to enter into a contractual arrangement with CETPA to perform the duties of a mentor, including the commitment of time as needed to:
o Coordinate with the CTO Mentor Steering Committee and other mentors to ensure consistent delivery of mentor support
o Meet regularly with the assigned candidate to review progress, assignments, and portfolio artifacts and reflections
o Provide monthly feedback to the candidate and Executive Director about the candidate’s progress
o Consult with instructors as needed to help the candidate resolve questions
o Attend mentor meetings (see schedule below)
o Attend mid-year evaluation meeting(s) with the assigned candidate and follow up with the candidate on any area(s) needing improvement
✓ Be able to provide work study supervision to candidate in accordance with curriculum guidelines
Application Form
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