From the Executive Director
Dear TETL Members,
It's that time of the year again—busy! busy! busy! As we reach the end of the academic semester and the start of the holiday season, I hope you can take some quality time over the upcoming break to rest, disconnect, enjoy your family, and prepare for the challenges of the New Year.
****Due to inclement weather the 2023 TETL Winter Summit, originally scheduled for February 1, has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2023. Registration is open at: https://events.american-tradeshow.com/tetlwintersummit23. We look forward to seeing you then!****
Looking forward to 2023, I am happy to report that TETL is growing and thriving! We currently have six ESCs that have joined or renewed their membership. We also extend a warm welcome to our newest district members: Celina ISD, Crandall ISD, Graford ISD, Longview ISD, Melissa ISD, and Texans Can Academy. In addition, we are fortunate to have numerous new organizations collaborating with us to provide information around data privacy, cybersecurity, physical security, and E-rate support for Texas school districts.
I am excited to announce a new member of our TETL team, actually not new to our organization, but new to serving in this capacity. Karen Fuller will be contracting to serve as our Trusted Advisor for Strategic Initiatives. In this role, Karen will help us design and organize initiatives and related professional development opportunities for our membership. Karen currently serves as Director of Network Infrastructure and Communications at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. She has been involved with TETL since its inception and brings immense expertise and valuable perspective to our association. We are very glad to have her contract with us in this new endeavor!
Data privacy and data governance are the key topics at the Winter Summit, as we “Take it to the Next Level.” Please reach out to your neighboring districts and invite them to attend. If they are not yet a TETL member, we offer a complimentary registration in our “Try Before you Buy” initiative. Please have them email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the registration code.
If you joined our last Monthly Member Call, you noticed that we have changed the format. Moving forward, our calls will center around member engagement. Each call will feature a panel-style discussion, touching on topics that have been presented by our members, as well as a short leadership development activity led by our Leadership Committee. On the November call, we had nearly 40 participants and it was very energizing to hear the thoughtful interactions between our members. If you have topics that you would like to discuss, please email me.
Nominations are now open for the 2023 TETL Awards and Alice Owen Student Scholarship! Each year, TETL recognizes individuals and school districts that demonstrate outstanding vision in the use of information technologies to improve student learning. Nominations close on March 1, 2023, and awards will be presented at the 2023 TETL Summer Clinic. Learn more and submit a nomination now.
Lastly, as part of our strategic planning process with the board, we have asked each committee to identify their current initiatives. The board will then summarize those initiatives and align them with our organizational goals and objectives. Please reach out to me anytime with ideas and opportunities for ways in which we can better serve you!
Wishing for you a holiday season filled with family, fellowship, health, and kindness.
All the best,
Dianne Borreson, CETL