From the Executive Director

 

By now many of you have either started school in some form or are beginning school this week. I know it has been difficult to make decisions in the midst of all the uncertainty and to keep up with the fluid situation. It has been stressful to find enough equipment to purchase, distribute devices to thousands of students and staff, provide internet access to families in need, train teachers in best practices for online learning, and deal with parents as they need tech support. 

Now more than ever, you need the support of your colleagues in your association! Everyone is feeling the same pain and going through the same pressures. This is a great time to stay in touch with your technology peers, share successes and lessons learned. The Texas CTO Council is here to support you during these trying times!

Similar to what we did with our member support calls earlier this year, we have developed a series of Lunch & Learn webinar trainings for you in addition to our regular events. The series will be FREE to all CTOs and their Team members, but please register so you can receive the Zoom links to login. 

I hope you have a great start to the new year, no matter what format you are trying! But above all, please stay safe and healthy until we can meet again face-to-face! 

Thank you for supporting the 3.5 Million students that our organization represents!

We are here for you!

Alice Owen, Ph.D., CAE, CETL

FROM  TEA

Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF): Bulk-Purchase Local Match Reimbursement Program

TEA will offer training to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. via a Teams Live Event. To access the LEA training, go to https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZGNkNTQzZDItZThhNS00Yjc0LTkzODMtMzQxN2E4NGNhMmEy%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2265d6b3c3-7236-4818-9613-248dbd713a6f%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22e931aca6-dd11-4bc8-b44c-df43da2910c0%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d.

Current guidance and FAQs for this program can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/COVID-19-CARES-Act-Funding-and-Expense-Reimbursement-FAQ.pdf.

 

Governor Abbott, TEA, Dallas ISD Launch Operation Connectivity Statewide

May 8, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Education Agency (TEA), and Dallas Independent School District (DISD) today launched Operation Connectivity, a statewide initiative to deliver internet connectivity and device solutions for school districts, families, and students in Texas. Operation Connectivity was originally started in Dallas to address the the lack of high speed internet and/or home laptops for many DISD students which caused an interruption to their learning, as education in the classroom transitioned to at-home digital instruction due to COVID-19. This initiative now aims to provide internet connectivity to hundreds of thousands of students statewide. Read more.

Covid-19 Texas Public Schools

COVID-19 EDTECH GUIDANCE & REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES

CoSN

CoSN has a new resource on virtual learning for TX K-12 CTO and CoSN members, EdTech Guidance in the Age of COVID-19. This pandemic affects us all – so please feel free to share it with others who need it to serve their students and teachers. Our community is grateful for all the behind-the-scenes work that’s getting done for the greater good of learning.

 

Digital Bridge K-12 Helps Districts Address Home Learning Gaps

EducationSuperHighway, a national organization with the mission to upgrade internet access for all public schools, has recently launched Digital Bridge K-12: an initiative dedicated to helping school districts address the home learning gap. EducationSuperHighway has developed a number of resources to support states, as well as initial toolkit for school districts. The resource guide sets out best practices how to address the learning gap locally and examples for school districts to partner with their local telecommunications carrier or wireless provider to help connect students WiFi hotspots.  

Who We Are

The Texas K-12 CTO Council is the state chapter of the Consortium for School Networking [CoSN] and the premier organization for chief technology officers in Texas schools. The purpose of the organization is to assist Texas K-12 school districts in understanding how to plan for the use and successful implementation of information technology in Texas schools and advocate for districts’ technology needs to improve student learning.

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Members benefit from a host of professional development opportunities and access to a network of K-12 EdTech experts.

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