Ohio CoSN

Who We Are

Ohio CoSN is the state chapter for CoSN, The Consortium for School Networking. The mission and vision of Learn21 Ohio Chapter of CoSN is to develop standards for technology leaders in Ohio school systems, advocacy for emerging trends at the local and state level and continued professional development for technology leaders and other district leaders. We believe that these goals complement CoSN’s mission of empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments for all stakeholders in school systems across the State of Ohio.

In 2017, Learn21 founded the Ohio CoSN state chapter. Learn21 uses their nonprofit resources to support and empower Ohio CoSN’s mission and board of directors. Learn21 board of directors and finances are separate from Ohio CoSN. The Ohio CoSN leadership team and board directs the finances and mission of Ohio CoSN.

Ohio CoSN Leadership Team


Jennifer Fry
Chair


Arline Pique
Vice Chair


Stephen Collins
Treasurer


Rebecca Furlong
Secretary


Dustin Ruffell
Officer at Large


Brian Seymour
Officer at Large


Jennette Irish-Glass
Officer at Large


Todd Wesley
Officer at Large


B.J. Thaman
Officer at Large

John Rizzo
Officer at Large

Bill Fritz
Officer at Large


Sean Whalen
Officer at Large


Mike Daugherty
Past Chair

What We Do

K12 EdTech Leadership

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship program focuses on developing qualified edtech leaders and CTOs. The program raises the bar for technology leaders and creates a community of support through mentorship and collaboration. The program also seeks to inform Superintendents and District Leaders of the importance of a cabinet level CTO position. The program is managed and sponsored by Ohio CoSN and supported by Learn21. Contact for more information: Jennifer Fry
Nov 18, 2021 Leadership Webinar
Dec 16, 2021 Team Building and Staffing Webinar
Jan 20, 2022 Business Management Webinar
Feb 17, 2022 Instructional Focus Webinar
Mar 17, 2022 Ethics & Policies Webinar
April 21, 2022 Communications Webinar
May 19, 2022 Data Management Webinar

CETL Certification Program and Workshops

Ohio CoSN helps prepare edtech leaders career path. Every year CoSN releases an Edtech IT Leadership Survey, and one thing we learn from it is that there is no single path to the CTO Role.  In fact, CTOs across the country come up through 2 main paths, with 49% having a technology or technical background, while 45% have an education or instructional background.  

CoSN met the needs of edtech leaders who come up either of these paths, or from another direction by developing the Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO.  It’s the body of knowledge upon which CoSN’s CETL® exam is based and the guide to everything a successful CTO needs to know and do. All of CoSN’s professional resources are based on the Framework.

Are you interested in achieving the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL®) certification? Ohio CoSN provides CETL Workshops that teach you the fundamental principles of CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills – the basis of the nationally-accredited CETL® certification. Workshops are administered every Fall and Spring. If you would like to be in a collaborative and supportive cohort to study for the CETL® certification exam, contact Mike Daughtery

Cybersecurity

Ohio CoSN has recognized the need to support, shape and guide the cybersecurity conversation for Ohio K12 leaders. Contact John Rizzo on how you can join the conversation and be informed.

Learn21 Ohio CoSN Conference

The Learn21 Ohio CoSN Conference is the premier Ohio edtech leadership conference. The conference brings together experts that discuss visionary technology topics and emerging technical challenges aligned to innovative practices. The conference is held annually in the Fall and brings together Ohio K-12 edtech leaders and partners in Columbus, Ohio. Mark your calendar: Nov 2 – 3, 2022

Ohio CoSN Partners

Ohio CoSN Sponsors

Enhance Your Career

Join Ohio CoSN

The Consortium for School Network (CoSN) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help edtech leaders succeed in the digital transformation


Collaborate with edtech leaders across the nation. Join the conversation at the CoSN National, Ohio CoSN Conference,
and CTO clinics.


Access CoSN’s library of resources, whitepapers, and tools that
support your work.



Enhance your leadership skills as
Ohio CoSN provides CETL
workshops, Mentorship programs,
CTO clinics and leadership awards.


Get involved and become an
Ohio CoSN board member.



Annual Membership Dues

  1. Small School District (under 2,500 students)
    • $290 + $50 Ohio chapter fee
  2. Medium School District (2,501–9,999 students)
    • $865 + $100 Ohio chapter fee
  3. Large School District (10,000-49,999 students)
    • $1150 + $150 Ohio chapter fee

Learn21 Ohio CoSN Conference

The Learn21 Ohio CoSN Conference is the premier Ohio edtech leadership conference. The conference brings together experts that discuss visionary technology topics and emerging technical challenges aligned to innovative practices. The conference is held annually in the Fall and brings together Ohio K-12 edtech leaders and partners in Columbus, Ohio. Mark your calendar — Nov 2-3, 2022

Ohio Student Data Privacy Alliance (OSDPA)

Who We Are

Learn21 is the Ohio Student Data Privacy Alliance (OSDPA), a partnership with the Access 4 Learning Community’s Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC). Learn21 has joined this consortium on behalf of all schools in the state of Ohio.

What We Do

OSDPA provides every district in Ohio a free membership to access the statewide agreement that districts can use to ensure that the vendor is aware of and complies with National student data privacy laws. A searchable database of applications and vendors who have signed the statewide agreement with at least one school or district.  The database creates transparency for teachers, parents, and others to determine if an application is compliant. It also creates an inventory of apps being used and a way for teachers to request that a new application be vetted by their organization.

Get Involved

Get involved in the OSDPA work, protect your K12 organization and collaborate with colleagues in Ohio and across the country. Contact Bill Fritz or Dawn Schiavone for more information.