The Chief Technology Officer Mentor Program is divided into one cohort each year. Applications for each cohort are available in late summer and fall for both candidates and mentors. Information for the 2018 cohort is below.

Timelines and Class Schedule
2018 Application Timeline – August 23, 2017 - September 29, 2017
Application, resume and nomination form are due September 29, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.  
Electronic submission is required. Other submissions will not be accepted.

October - Selection of candidates and notification of selected mentors
February 2018 – Classes begin (mentors required to attend the kickoff meeting but not all classes)
November 2018 – Commencement at the CETPA Annual Conference in Sacramento, CA
Accepted Candidates are expected to attend ALL classes. Please review the scheduled carefully and confirm your availability.  All classes will be held in the Sacramento area of Northern California.  Classes begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening and end at 9:30 p.m. Saturday class is from 8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. The February kickoff will begin at 10 am. You are responsible for your own travel arrangements. Class topics are subject to change.

 Kickoff Meeting   February 2, 2018, 10am start time
 Session 1  February  3, 2018 - Leadership and Strategic Planning
 Session 2  March 2-3, 2018 – Professional Development, Educational Technology
 Session 3   April 6-7, 2018 – Fiscal Management 
 Session 4  May 4-5, 2018 – Security Fundamentals, Organizational Management 
 Session 5  June 8-9, 2018 – Staff and Student Centered Aspects, Personnel Management
 Session 6   July 13-14, 2018 – Technology Infrastructure and Data Systems, Project Management
 Session 7  September 7-8, 2018 - Assessment and Accountability
 Session 8  October 5-6, 2018 – Technology Policies and Standards, Technology Leadership
 Final  Final Presentations and Commencement – November 12, 2018 CETPA Annual Conference, Sacramento, CA

Qualifications and Responsibilities for Candidates

1.   Attend all classes. Please review the schedule to ensure you have not conflicts before submitting an application. 
2.   Communicate consistently with your mentor.
3.   Complete all prerequisite assignments prior to each session.
4.   Attend all classes and actively and constructively participate in class activities and discussions.
5.  Complete all assignments on time and receive a passing grade from the instructor.
6.   Complete class oral presentation as assigned.
7.   Build a professional portfolio with artifacts and reflections throughout the program.
8.   Participate in additional review meetings with the program manager to assess progress.
9.   Complete the final oral presentation as assigned. 
10.   Provide constructive feedback to the program.


Qualifications and Responsibilities for Mentors

A successful mentor candidate for the CTO Mentor Program should have the following qualifications:
1.  Currently hold a position as a leader in K-12 technology (at least 10 years of experience is preferred). 
2.   Have hands-on experience with K-12 technology.
3.   Hold a degree in business related field or a CTO certification, or have demonstrated work experience.
4.   Be willing to enter into a contractual arrangement with CETPA to perform the duties of a mentor,
 including the commitment of time as needed to:

     a.  Coordinate with the Program Manager and other mentors to ensure consistent delivery of mentor support.  
  b. Meet regularly with the assigned candidate to review progress, assignments, and portfolio artifacts and reflections.
  c. Provide regular feedback to the candidate and the Program Manager about the candidate’s progress. 
  d. Consult with instructors as needed to help the candidate resolve questions.
  e. Attend regular meetings.
  f. Attend mid-year evaluation meeting(s) with the assigned candidate and follow up with the candidate on any area(s) needing improvement.
  g. Be able to provide work study supervision to candidate in accordance with curriculum guidelines.

Mentors are not required to attend the classes. Meetings with the candidate may be via face to face, phone, video, and shared documents. Mentor check in meetings are held throughout the year as well as two portfolio review meetings.