Here are some questions you may want to ask your next CTO candidate…below each question are resources to check out and be better prepared! While the questions were suggested, my responses and/or list of resources is “my research” in response to the question in anticipation of an article. As such, any interpretation of the question that is flawed is mine, not the original questionner.

Note that this list has been online in various places but I originally compiled it via tweeted/emailed questions.

1. What is it that you monitor or assess to determine your effectiveness in the organization? (Joel Adkins)
2. What are your top 3 priorities for what you must do well in the first 100 days of this position to be an effective leader?(Joel Adkins)3. Please describe an issue in the past 12 months that has tested your ethical being?
4. Describe yourself in the context of being a reflective leader. (Joel Adkins)5. Describe how you see “technology” in the broader context of the school’s core mission of teaching and learning

(Joel Adkins)6. What accomplishments are you most proud of and why?

8. Do you have any experience in curriculum development? (Dan Rezac)
9. How do you determine if a teacher is effectively integrating technology? (Joel Adkins)
10. Describe your last experience in a classroom as 1) an instructor and 2) as a learner. What would you change about each experience? (Joel Adkins)

11. Have you ever heard of: NETS A , TA TEKS, NETS T, NETS S, SBEC standards for new teachers…how would you support these? (Tim Holt)
12. How do you incorporate new ideas from the grass roots level? (Carolyn Foote)
13. What technology ideas worry you right now? (Joel Adkins)

14. What is more important: a pencil or internet access? (Tim Holt)
15. What is your BHAG – Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal? (Joel Adkins)

16. How will you operate as a support for teachers? (Carolyn Foote)

17. How do you stay current with technology issues, apps, innovations? How do you stay current with educational research, reforms, etc.? (Judith Epcke)
18. Who do they percieve as the most important clients? (GDahlby)
19. Why do you want 2 work in K12 public schools? (GDahlby)

20. How would you direct/handle/deploy a new district wide initiative? (Amber Teamann)

21. Is learning w/technology appropriate 4 everyone? (Is teaching w/technology appropriate 4 everyone?) (Andrew Forgrave)

22. What are you passionate about? (Gail Lovely)

23. In your opinion, what single technology holds greatest potential to significantly enhance learning? (Andrew Forgrave)
24. Discuss where you believe we need to look to identify our “pace” for technology integration. (Andrew Forgrave)
25. Discuss how frequently and how comfortable you would be asking, “How can I help? What can I do?” (Andrew Forgrave)

26. How will you integrate technology without treating teachers and students like felons? (Shawn McGirr)
27. What is your vision of a 21st Century Learning environment? (Jennifer Spille)
28. What is your vision around mobile learning in K-12? (Jennifer Spille)

29. May we see what stocks you own? (Tim Holt)
30. How do you balance providing the electronic resources needed for the classroom environment while securing the network and related technology that you are responsible for? (Patricia Holub)

Some other questions I’ve used over the years:

  1. What in your past job experience has prepared you for this position? Be sure to connect that experience to the state and national virtual learning initiatives.
  2. Describe your experience taking an online course. What did you like and dislike? What would you have done differently if you were the instructor?
  3. Students with learning disabilities may encounter challenges working online. How would you support students with learning disabilities in being successful in a virtual learning environment?
  4. This job requires a lot of collaboration with other offices and departments.  Give an example of  how you have used online tools—like wikis, GoogleDocs–to collaborate online with others.
  5. What strategies would you employ to better engage K-12 and/or adult learners in an online learning course?
  6. What strengths or assets do you bring to this position that make you the best choice for this position?
  7. How would you help create an environment that supported online professional learning in a district like this one?
  8. Your job will often involve travel within the district from campus to campus. You will also be required at times to work from 4:30–7:30 pm and/or on Saturdays. Do you have a reliable form of transportation (e.g. car) and do you foresee any difficulty in completing the requirements of the job?
  9. Maintaining confidential data integrity is a key responsibility of this position. Do you foresee any obstacles to maintaining information confidential?
  10. In a work situation where you found you disagreed with your co-workers, what steps did you take to positively resolve the conflict?
  11. In a situation where you had more work than could be completed in the time allotted, what did you do?
  12. Online professional development has become a popular trend for school districts.  What are the characteristics of successful online professional development?  Use your own experiences to illustrate those characteristics.
  13. What do you think is more important:  Giving your attention to details or getting the job done?  Why?  Please share an example that illustrates your reasoning. 
  14. What is your experience with course management systems such as Moodle, Blackboard, Sakai, to name 3 examples?
  15. Could you describe some of your recent efforts at facilitating professional development for adult learners?
  16. Have you developed curriculum for use in the K-12 classroom that address integration of technology?
  17. There are a lot of audio/video creation and editing tools available for developing content for online consumption. Which tools in particular are you familiar with and could you cite some examples?
  18. What level of interaction have you had with student information systems?
  19. Professional development tracking and delivery programs—also known as learning management systems—are valuable tools. What has been your experience with those?
  20. How has your knowledge of required state and federal technology assessment tools and reports been helpful at the campus and/or district level?
  21. We all have encountered challenged learners in our teaching.  Could you share with us an example of how you made a difference for one of those learners in your care?
  22. What is your problem-solving experience with resolving hardware/software issues?A teacher approaches you and wants to integrate technology.  How do you respond?
  23. There are many ways to provide instructional materials.  Please share some specific examples that illustrate the ways you are familiar with in one to one, one to many situations.
  24. What content management systems—such as blogs, wikis, Joomla—have you had experience with?
  25. What experiences have you had with Windows/Macintosh servers? Internet Information Systems (IIS)? Apache?

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