In keeping with Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ commitment to 21st Century learning, two employees recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation, a credential held by only 15 professionals statewide.
Education Technology Coordinator Jennifer Harriton-Wilson and Information Technology Director Jamie Molina received the CETL certification from the Consortium for School Networking after passing a rigorous exam. Certification indicates that they have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to our schools.
"Because of the CETL recertification requirements, certified leaders pledge to stay current in this ever-changing field of education technology,” said Keith Krueger, CAE, chief executive officer of CoSN.
To become certified, candidates must have demonstrated experience in the education technology field and pass a comprehensive two-part examination based on the 10 skill areas in CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO. Once the CETL certification is earned, the ed tech professional must complete 60 hours of professional development activities every three years to maintain the designation.
“The CETL Certification process allowed me to reflect on how we could leverage technology to best meet the PNW BOCES mission of service and innovation through partnership,” said Molina.
Harriton-Wilson added: “At PNW BOCES one of our core values is to provide pathways to success for every student. To do this, we must stay current in the constantly evolving world of education technology and being CETL Certified helps to support this goal.”
The CETL certification is awarded by the Consortium for School Networking. Founded in 1992, CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders and its mission is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. CoSN is committed to providing the leadership, community, and advocacy tools essential for the success of these leaders.