Note: One of the main benefits of sharing what you know–and don’t know–in a blog is that sometimes, folks will help you see your situation in a different way. I’m grateful to Dr. Joel VerDuin’s comment on a blog entry. I hope that other readers will take a moment and join the conversation. I’m going to be studying the diagram Joel has put together for some time and asking, What does this mean in my situation?
I like where you are going with this Miguel, but I would zoom the lens out a little wider and make the “infrastructure” one piece of about 8 total conditions that a new CTO should scan for.
The degree to which various stakeholders (sup’t, board, various central admin, principals, teachers) have a similar vision for effective instruction
The amount of community engagement on the topic
The systems to support teachers and growing their proficiencies
A curriculum and instruction process that is focused on an expanded definition of what it means to be a learner today (ie how do we authentic learning experiences).
I have a graphic! (Because I was faced with this very task):
Joel’s diagram is excellent because it does take a step back and reflects key issues. When I look at my list, it’s obvious to me that it’s less a big picture list as a list of projects I want to work through. From a CTO perspective, I like Joel’s list better!
Here’s a tweet from Joel with the link:
In case you missed it in the introduction, here’s my list of topics.
- Conduct an environmental scan for all infrastructure. What do you have?
- Asset Management – How can you track it all and “age it” so you know when you’re doing upgrades?
- Plan ahead for Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) and 1 to 1 Initiatives (e.g. iPad/Chromebook) – Have you built up your infrastructure and addressed instructional practices?
- Budget Planning – What do your budget look like and how much can you count on from year to year?
- Communication – How are you communicating what the changes that need to happen, that have happened, or will happen to all stakeholders?
- Data Warehouse and Web Portal – How are you helping stakeholders see the data being collected by myriad of assessments and represent that in an easy to understand format? How can you avoid being data-rich, information poor (DRIP)?
- In the Cloud – What is your Voice Over Internet Protocol solution and how can you put that “in the cloud” to avoid exorbitant costs on in-house hosting? In fact, what other services can you move to the cloud to save funding?
- Business Operations – How can you facilitate streamlining of District services, including going paperless, flow of approval forms, purchasing, etc.?
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