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The Empowered Superintendent: Driving K-12 Innovation

Monday, September 9, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

The Empowered Superintendent: Driving K-12 Innovation

Presented by Dr. Deborah Kerr, Superintendent, Brown Deer School District, WI, President of AASA; Dr. David Schuler, Superintendent, Township High School District 214, IL, Chair, CoSN Superintendents Advisory Panel, AASA 2018 Superintendent of the Year; and Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN

Program Host and Moderator: Ann McMullan, Project Director, CoSN Empowered Superintendents Initiative

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The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is pleased to partner with for a second year as together we resume our monthly edWebinars based on CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent Initiative. The goal of this “Super-Connected” edWebinar series is to help current and aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams build on their knowledge, skills, and confidence in leading digital transformations.

In this first edWebinar of the 2019-2020 season, Superintendents Dr. Deborah Kerr and Dr. David Schuler, and CoSN CEO Keith Krueger, share best practices and recommended strategies for leading technology transformations. Specific strategies outlined in The CoSN Empowered Superintendents Toolkit is reviewed from the perspectives the superintendents. Additionally, Keith highlights “Hurdles, Accelerators and Tech Enablers” from CoSN’s recent report on Driving K-12 Innovation. Dr. Kerr and Dr. Schuler share examples from their own experiences in working with their boards, school leaders, and their communities in leading teaching and learning to meet the needs of today’s students.

The Empowered Superintendent is a CoSN initiative dedicated to helping superintendents, aspiring superintendents and district leadership teams build their knowledge, skills and confidence as technology leaders. The Empowered Superintendent Toolkit is a free resource developed by AASA and CoSN for school district leaders.

This recorded edWebinar will be of particular value to superintendents, assistant superintendents, district technology leaders, and those aspiring to those positions.\

About the Presenters

Dr. Deborah Kerr is Superintendent of Brown Deer School District, one of the most diverse 4K-12th grade districts in the state of Wisconsin with 1,600 students which includes 79% students of color and over 50% students in poverty. She brings 40 years of educational experience to her position and is in her 13th year as Superintendent in Brown Deer and very proud to be a Brown Deer Falcon! She is noted for her vision in closing achievement gaps and a passionate advocate of character education by fostering community partnerships. Her leadership trademark is a commitment to all students with high-quality learning environments, developing collaborative work teams of professionals, and accelerating personalized learning for all students. Promoting global citizenship and cultivating 21st century skills for her students has always been a hallmark of her leadership. She is also deeply committed to continuous improvement in all aspects of the school organization.


David SchulerDr. David R. Schuler is the 2018 Illinois and National Superintendent of the Year. Known for his ability to inspire and build leaders, he spearheaded Redefining Ready!, the national movement to redefine what it means for students to be college, career and life ready while serving as the 2015-2016 President of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Dr. Schuler leads High School District 214, Illinois’ largest high school district, where he led the development of an innovative instructional philosophy around personalized learning experiences focused on career pathways, early college credit, and industry credentials that enables students to discover their futures while still in high school. The 44 pathways align with the 16 national career clusters and students gain real-world experience through youth apprenticeships and workplace learning experiences. Dr. Schuler earned his bachelor’s degree from Carroll University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Keith KruegerKeith Krueger is CEO of CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), a nonprofit serving as the voice of K-12 school system technology leaders. CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. In 2016, Technology & Learning selected him as one of the “big 10” most influential people in edtech, and the Center for Digital Education identified him as a Top 30 Technologist/Transformer/Trailblazer. In 2008 he was selected by eSchool News as one of ten people who have had a profound impact on educational technology over the last decade. Keith has a global reputation as a key thought leader and has organized many senior-level United States delegations to visit Australia, Asia, Europe and South America to examine best practice in ICT in education. In fall of 2015, Keith conducted a Work Study on digital equity at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.


About the Host

Ann McMullan is Project Director for CoSN’s Empowered Superintendents Initiative. Ann served as Executive Director, Educational Technology in the Klein Independent School District, near Houston, Texas until September 2013, when she and her family moved to Los Angeles, California. For 16 years Ann led the district team that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to 4,000 professional educators serving 50,000 students. Ann served as co-chair of Texas Education Technology Advisory Committee which developed the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020. Today, Ann is based in Los Angeles working as a public speaker, writer, and education consultant focused on leadership and planning to meet the needs of today’s students. Ann serves on the Project Tomorrow advisory council and is a leadership consultant with Executive Service Corps of Southern California, serving non-profit associations. Ann co-authored Life Lessons in Leadership, a guide for leaders ages eight to 88.

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CoSN CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.



Monday, September 9, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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