CTO Mentor Program

The California Educational Technology Professionals Association is currently administrating the 11th cohort of the CTO Mentor program. I graduated in November 2016 as part of the Tenth Cohort ~ We named our cohort “Team 10” and this was undoubtedly the best professional development I have ever had..   See my CTO Mentor Portfolio here!

Curriculum Overview

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 as well as those who want to better support the leadership with a full understanding of the organization as a whole. Each strand has a subset of topics that will be delivered throughout the year.

Candidates are required to attend classes face to face each month. The location of the classes will alternate from Northern to Southern California.  Between classes, candidates work with their mentors on the assignments given by instructors and on their portfolio assignment.  Oral presentations are also required.

The portfolio is a collection of original work viewable online that is developed by the candidate or by the candidate and a team.  Portfolios contain artifacts and reflections that address the learning outcomes for each class. The portfolios also contain a curriculum summary.


The Technology strand will cover four principles:

  • 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 cover five principles:

  • 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.
  • Educational Technology – the tools and resources available to teachers as well as strategies for better learning.
  • 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 principles:

  • 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.