The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is a national organization that provides information resources, professional development, advocacy, and networking opportunities for people working in education technology. CoSN is specifically designed for those interested in expanding their skills as a leader within their school/school district and who wish to connect with others in the education technology field in both the areas of administration and instruction.
CoSN provides an opportunity for states to organize and provide a framework around using the organization’s resources effectively and to build capacity within a state for education technology professionals to connect and learn from each other. Minnesota has received approval from the CoSN Board to establish a Minnesota CoSN Chapter.
Advocate and provide for professional development opportunities for education technology coordinators, administrators, and other interested educators in Minnesota.
Provide a community of practice and personal learning network for Minnesota education technology coordinators and other interested educators.
Support education technology leaders in providing visionary leadership, sound research, and best practices resources to assist them in their daily work.
Leverage the capacity of Minnesota education technology leaders to grow professionally, mentor others in the field, and build a cadre of expertise that can benefit all Minnesota schools.
Mary Mehsikomer, CETL, Technology Integration Development and Outreach Facilitator, Sourcewell Technology, 651-999-6510, Mary.Mehsikomer@sourcewelltech.org
Advantages of a State Chapter
While having a state chapter as part of CoSN membership involves a small additional fee for CoSN membership, there are several specific benefits to joining CoSN under the auspices of a state chapter:
Create a professional learning network that complements membership in other professional associations.
Provide an annual CoSN CTO Clinic in Minnesota at a location of our choosing.
Provide a statewide structure to use CoSN resources effectively.
Receive special rates for the CoSN Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) certification and preparation classes.
Support for other initiatives our state wants to pursue with our chapter resources.
In addition, Minnesota CoSN Chapter members can take advantage of all the regular benefits of an institutional membership to CoSN.
CoSN bulletins, advocacy newsletters, white papers, and emerging technologies reports.
Discounts to attend the CoSN Annual Conference , CTO Clinics, CTO Forums and other events, which include peer-to-peer networking opportunities
Help shape the future of CoSN and receive national recognition for your work through volunteer service on our committee and advisory councils.
National congressional advocacy on education technology funding and initiatives.
Unlimited seats for school district employees for access to member benefits.
There are even more benefits listed on the CoSN website at http://www.cosn.org/about/membership/institutional-membership
Minnesota school districts and charter schools who join CoSN will be assessed membership dues based on the following breakout by district size:
CoSN Due Structure
When you consider all the resources and benefits you receive through your Minnesota CoSN Chapter membership for anyone in your school district, the price is very reasonable.
How to Join
You can sign on for your Minnesota CoSN Chapter membership by visiting: http://www.cosn.org/about/membership. You can process your application payment online. Memberships typically run from July 1 – June 30.
Interested? Have Questions?
Mary Mehsikomer, CETL
Technology Integration Development and Outreach Facilitator
Josh Sumption, CETL
Director of Technology
SWWC Service Cooperative