Education leaders, state education technology leaders, technology experts and business partners from across the country gathered this year in Nashville for CoSN 2022. CoSN is the Consortium for School Networking, a membership organization designed to meet the needs of K-12 education technology leaders. After a two-year hiatus of this in-person event, the energy was palpable with so much ground to cover. This year’s theme was Amplifying for the Power of One, focused on ensuring the success of every student every day. “It only takes one – one teacher, one team, one school, one community, one STEP.” This event was about community, collaboration, and connectivity to meet student needs going forward.
There were three days of thought-provoking, challenging, and inspiring sessions with clear themes emerging around cybersecurity, data security, equity, leadership, design thinking, advocacy, and E-rate funding. The opening Keynote was led by Raj Adusumilli, Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa and Geoffrey Starks, FCC Commissioner, stepped in for FCC Commission Chair, Jessica Rosenworcel, who was unavailable due to unavoidable circumstances. The closing keynote left attendees on a high note from Dr. Chris Emdin. The Funds for Learning team led an E-rate data discussion, walking through recent filing window trends, new proposals, and policy changes. If you missed CoSN, filing window data trend content was also shared on the FFL webinar on April 14th, and access to the recording can be found on the FFL website.
The CoSN team, led by CEO Keith Krueger, hosted a successful event that provided excellent professional development for all attendees. A quote from the Closing Keynote by Dr. Chris Emdin captured the essence of the event well, “I’m not trying to get back to normal. I’m trying to re-envision things anew.”