The CTO Mentor Program follows three learning strands that are essential to participants with the ambition and potential to be technology leaders in executive positions for California’s public schools. Each strand has a subset of topics that will be delivered throughout the year.
The Technology strand will cover four principals:
- Security Fundamentals – including information security, information security assessment, business continuity, risk assessment and budgeting for security.
- Infrastructure – including data delivery and distribution and systems.
- Technology Services – including hardware and software currency, planning for internal services and desktop support.
- IT Knowledge – including standards development and technical concepts.
The Education strand will also cover four principals:
- Student Centered Aspects – including privacy and confidentiality, student data, integrating with other departments, local, community, state, federal requirements.
- Staff Centered Aspects – including supporting Human Resources, classified/certificated aspects, the union environment, STRS/PERS and credentials.
- Assessment and Accountability – including state assessments, defining accountability and local systems.
- Finance Centered Aspects – including sources of funding, mandated items and categorical funds, purchasing, bidding and vendor relations, facilities funding, attendance and planning.
The Leadership strand discusses seven principals:
- Professional Development and Training – including aligning training to state and district standards, developing a scope and sequence for training, research and development for training models, personal professional development.
- Vision and Technology Planning – including developing a vision for technology, assessing technology needs, involving stakeholders, developing a technology plan and assisting sites with technology plans, investigating future technology trends, designing sustainability models.
- Communications and Public Relations – including advising on the use of technology, developing vendor projects, collaborating on joint projects, communications with the public and with the school board, site visits, customer service and initiating partnerships.
- Personnel Management – including recruitment, interviewing and selection, orientation, team building, staff communications, performance and evaluation, motivation, managing conflict.
- Organizational Management – including mission and goals, departmental organization, systems and solutions, managing change.
- Fiscal Management - including building a budget, decision tools (TCO/ROI).
- Project Management – including defining project management, using project management tools and projects and strategic planning.