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From the Executive Director

Dear TETL Members,

I hope you all are enjoying a restful and restorative break this summer. As your new Executive Director, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to thank Alice, the board, and you all for your warm welcome and help during this leadership transition. 

I have been active in TETL since it was founded in 2001, and am very excited to be taking the helm of this wonderful organization! I recently retired after 21 years as the CTO at Hays CISD, and understand well the many challenges facing our districts as we emerge from the disruptions of the last two years. I am passionate about building leadership capacity in others and am committed to ensuring TETL is here to help education technology professionals all across the state grow and thrive. 

I plan to focus first on three primary areas: 1. Growing the membership of our organization; 2. Increasing the professional learning opportunities available virtually and in person; and 3. Strategizing with the board and membership on how we can better meet the specific needs of smaller school districts.

I look forward to getting to know you all and am excited about the ways in which we will continue to build our organization together! Please save the date of October 7, 2022, for the Fall Summit in San Antonio ISD, where I hope to see and/or meet many of you in person. In the mean time, please follow us on Twitter and feel free to reach out to me with ideas and opportunities for ways that TETL can best serve you!

Sincerely,

Dianne Borreson, CETL

 

New TETL White Paper: Small Districts, Big District Needs

Problem: With fewer resources available than larger school districts, small school districts struggle to provide the same education technology assets and opportunities to students.

We’re all in this together! We’ve heard that phrase a lot over the last couple of years. The truth is when it comes to technology we really do have the same issues and needs regardless of the size of the district. The catch is that small districts are at a severe disadvantage because they don’t have the staff or resources that large districts do. With that in mind, Texas Education Technology Leaders (TETL) created this white paper to assist small districts with information and resources on data privacy, cybersecurity, funding, budgeting, and staffing. 

Overview: Through the use of already existing planning resources, careful budget planning, and strategic staffing decisions, small districts can ensure the safety of their school communities and provide students with the same access to education technology as students in large districts. Data privacy is increasingly important for K-12 districts in a digital age where student and staff information is stored across many systems. Small school districts in Texas can adhere to existing standards for security implementation and staff training by taking advantage of existing resources from established partners. Further, through a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms for school funding, small districts can leverage existing local, state, and federal funding streams and maximize efficiency in order to provide students with the technological opportunities and district systems necessary for K-12 education in the 21st century.

TETL is your partner to help you be successful in all of your technology endeavors. If you are not yet a member, we encourage you to join. From white papers like this one to professional learning and networking opportunities, a wealth of resources are available to you. We truly are all in this together! If you would like to receive a copy of the full white paper, please send an email to Dianne Borreson at exdir@tetl.org.

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Texas Education Technology Leaders (formerly Texas K-12 CTO Council) is a chapter of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and is the premier organization for technology leaders in Texas K-12 school districts. Being a leader in the field of education technology depends on having the right support and guidance to stay ahead of quickly changing technology trends. Your network is key to helping the school districts you serve implement the best systems and solutions possible. We understand the challenges you face today . . . and we help you look ahead to what’s on the horizon. We tailor our services to support you and to help you stay one step ahead of an ever-changing technology environment. 

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