Author: Guy Durrant

CETL (update)

A few months ago, I wrote that 11 Utah men and women had studied, taken, and passed the examinations to become Certified Educational Technology Leaders. This is a program administered by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). In the ensuing months, another 14 of our colleagues have studied dilligently and passed the required examinations; there are now 25 CETL designees in our state. Two additional groups will begin their course of study in the next week.

With 25 CETLs, Utah has more than any other state with the exception of Texas (45); Illinois also has 25. This is remarkable for a small-population state; it reflects the strong commitment to educational technology which has existed in Utah for decades.

What does this mean? Why is it important?

At the legislative session last spring, an important piece of legislation was passed: The Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Bill, which will provide funds to Utah schools to assist with the purchase of technology equipment, software, licenses, and professional development. Several of the CETLs were instrumental in getting this bill passed. At least one legislator was of the opinion that few if any district/charter employees were sufficiently trained and knowledgeable to provide true leadership. Our roster of CETL-qualified ed techs in Utah blunted that argument. The State Board of Education Rule implementing the DTL Grant provided that several members of the coordinating committee be "nationally certified." The members of the DTL committee who district technology leaders with CETL certification are Charlie Roberts (Washington SD), Jim Langston (Tooele) and Sam Quantz (Salt Lake City) (alternate).  Without this CETL leadership, the requirements of the bill and USBE rule would be much different, and would probably rely on rather uncertain vendor qualifications.

Most of those with CETL certification in Utah are also members of UCET. We are proud of their accomplishments. They are:

Alan Gibbons (Cache)

Cory Stokes (UEN)

Charlie Roberts (Washington)

Cody Spendlove (Alpine)

Darren Draper (Canyons)

David Long (Logan)––David is a true pioneer. He earned his CETL on his own, months before the rest of us.

Duke Mossman (NUES)

Guy Durrant (Daggett)

Jason Eyre (Garfield)

Jeremy Cox (Washington)

Jim Black (Washington)

Jim Langston (Tooele)

Jim Stewart (UEN)

Kathy Webb (USBE)

Kelly Dumont (Canyons)

Kevin Chapman (Millard)

Mark Houtz (NUES)

Mark Sowa (Jordan)

Rick Gaisford (USBE)

Robert Gordon (Canyons)

Robert Potts (SESC)

Sam Quantz (Salt Lake City)

Scot McCombs (Canyons)

Tim Smith (Cache)

Tony Campbell (Washington)

CoSN Certified Educational Technology Leaders in Utah

A couple of years ago, a group of Utah ed tech directors decided to pursue some sort of leadership credential or certification. This effort was spearheaded by Charlie Roberts (Washington district), Cory Stokes (SEDC) and Rick Gaisford (USOE). After much debate, we chose to pursue the CETL program and certification offered by CoSN––the Consortium for School Networking. Rick Gaisford, state ed tech director at USOE helped out with funding to pay for the first cadre to take the course and sit for the examinations. About 18-20 of us began in the fall of 2014. In June 2015, 11 hardy pioneers sat for the written examination. Those who passed then had one week to compose answers to four questions relating to ed tech leadership; the emphasis was on education, technology and management. A second group of eleven took the written exam in October; about half passed. Each of us had different areas of strength. To date, of the original group, eleven have passed both parts of the exams to become Certified Educational Technology Leaders:

Alan Gibbons, CETL
Jim Langston, CETL
David Long, CETL
Sam Quantz, CETL
Charlie Roberts, CETL
Tim Smith, CETL
Mark Sowa, CETL
Cody Spendlove, CETL
Cory Stokes, CETL
Kathleen Webb, CETL
Guy Durrant, CETL

Several of the original group are still studying or taking the exams; a second group has met for several weeks and will continue to meet through the winter and spring.

Those of us who have passed are proud of our accomplishment, and encourage you to achieve this milestone. We are confident that this will enhance our standing with the legislature and our districts' administrators.

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