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Why Regional Education Networks are Critical for K-12

Industry groups that pool the resources and knowledge of their leaders are the ultimate example of mutually beneficial collaboration in action. This is especially true in the K-12 space, as the educators involved are not only tasked with advancing the career paths for those in their field, but with molding the minds of tomorrow’s leaders, making an impact on every industry in the long-run.

Whether on a city, county or state level, educational associations have been especially valuable as new technologies are changing the way teachers interact with students. 1:1 device initiatives, for instance, have introduced especially dense networks into the educational realm and brought a world of digital resources into the classroom. As a result, IT now plays a substantial role in assuring that these tools are used effectively and securely – an entirely new or expanded undertaking for many school districts, who need support and guidance to successfully introduce new tech without exposing their networks to cybersecurity threats.

It generally falls on these education associations to organize events and meetings where thought leaders in the realm of IT can share their expertise with districts that are just getting their feet wet with connected devices. They can also introduce business partnerships with respected solution providers based upon firsthand experience, making sure critical decision makers are informed in their choices when it comes to assuring features like cybersecurity.

Educational networks are where we at iboss cut our teeth, helping school districts across the country develop scalable cybersecurity infrastructures that are equipped to handle a deluge of new technology in the modern classroom. California is where the iboss story started, so we were honored to bring the IT leaders from the San Diego chapter of the California Education Technology Professionals Association (CEPTA) to our West Coast office for their most recent meeting.

Fostering Innovation for K-12 Leaders

CEPTA is an association of Educational Technology Professionals – technologists – within the State of California whose major emphasis is directed toward preparing its membership to better meet and support the technological needs of their distributed instructional programs.  

One of the association’s goals is to promote the integration of instructional and administrative technology in school agencies. CEPTA also functions as a conduit of information between the California Department of Education and local agencies.

Iboss was proud to continue collaborating with the leaders in San Diego, where we engaged in several presentations around strategies to improve the cybersecurity posture of districts throughout the region as part of our National Mission Sponsorship of the National Advisory Council on Cybersecurity (NACC). This included a breakdown of the constantly evolving threat landscape for students and teachers – both in the classroom and when they take their devices home – as well as the best techniques for managing large-scale 1:1 integration alongside cybersecurity.

To learn more about how iboss works with K-12 school districts read The Top 10 Reasons iboss is The Ideal Choice for K-12 Education and don’t miss us at the 2017 CETPA Annual Conference in Pasadena, CA November 14-17 where we’ll be presenting “Creating Safe and Secure Online Environments.”

 

Richard Quinones has spent over 20 years taking on important IT leadership roles at the county, state and national levels. His past experience includes being appointed Los Angeles County’s first chief education technology officer, where he led the delivery of IT services across 80 school districts and five community colleges. He was also appointed senior IT advisor to the National Advisory Council on Education Technology (NACET), and commissioned to advance the roll-out of the U.S. President’s National Public Schools Broadband Initiative. He has also served as senior technology advisor to Los Angeles Unified School District officials, including the office of the chief information officer, and chief executive officer of strategic planning and digital innovation. Richard holds a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in e-government from University of La Verne.

 

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