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). Candidates are expected to attend ALL sessions. Instructors are qualified and experienced CTOs. This program is unique because of the following four major components:
1) Participants are nominated and screened2) Each participant is teamed with his/her own mentor3) Training involves “hands-on” experience and job related activities that participants use to develop a professional portfolio4) 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 engage with following 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.
Steve Carr, President Mike Fine, Chief Executive OfficerCalifornia Educational Technology Fiscal Crisis and Management AssistanceProfessionals Association (CETPA) Team (FCMAT)
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
CLASS SCHEDULE:Accepted Candidates are expected to attend ALL classes. Please review the schedule carefully and confirm your availability. All classes will be held in the Sacramento area of Northern California. 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.
● 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
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 a planning, monitoring or problem-solving ✓ Involvement in the K12 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 K-12 throughout the program is required.
Please describe how you satisfy these qualification in your application essay answers.
The tuition for these classes is $2,200.00. Candidates are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Lunch on Saturday is provided.
Please review all 5 questions before responding.
Please answer the following questions. (Each response should be at least 250 words and should not exceed 1000 words.)
✓ Attend all classes✓ Communicate consistently with your 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