Area Technology Leaders Earn CTO Certification
On February 22nd in Montgomery, 32 school system technology leaders became the first graduates of the Alabama Chief Technology Officer (CTO) certification program. The year-long program was established by the Alabama Educational Technology Association in 2016. The credential is the first of its kind in the state. It was designed for those who manage the technology programs in Alabama’s school systems.
Today’s school systems rely heavily on technology for enhancing educational opportunities for students. In addition, like any other employer with multiple campuses, they depend on technology for their communications, business functions, and operations, including safety. Being in charge of a school system’s technology program requires extensive knowledge in many different areas from networking and data management to instructional design and privacy concerns.
Program participants who completed the course graduated from the CTO program with a good command of all the different areas it takes to do the job well. The year-long program includes eight courses.
CTO Roles and Responsibilities
Law, Ethics and Policies
Data Management and Governance
Teaching and Learning
Models of Professional Learning
Finance and Budgeting
The following is a list of the graduates from North Alabama:
Joel Andrews - Russellville City
Bruce Ellard - Cullman County
Michael Fowlkes - Arab City
Sean Holmes - Guntersville City
Dr. Beth McKinney - Athens City Schools
Tim Southerland - Hartselle City Schools
Kevin Stephenson - Muscle Shoals City Schools
Jason Truett - Lauderdale County
Chris Westbrook - Florence City Schools
Tommy Whitten - Madison County Schools
For a complete list, please visit their website at http://www.go-aeta.org