NSBA teams up with AASA and CoSN to launch ‘Leading the Digital Leap’

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), along with AASA, the School Superintendents Association, and Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), launched Leading the Digital Leap – a joint campaign empowering K-12 superintendents, district technology leaders, and school boards to strengthen their digital advocacy and enable digital learning in their districts. 

The partnership, the first to bring together the major professional associations representing district leaders, will provide educators with insight and resources on “how” to expand learning horizons through technology.  

“NSBA is pleased to join AASA and CoSN to connect those ‘Leading the Digital Leap’ to a collective, virtual toolbox scaled to the unique needs of local districts leaders,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA’s Executive Director. “The time is now for America’s school boards and all levels of leadership to craft a vision that includes new strategies for engaged learning and enhanced student achievement through the informed use of technology.”

Gentzel underscored the importance of school governance leaders in supporting digital innovation.“School boards are uniquely positioned to help the public understand what digital resources can enable while also ensuring that a district’s technology investments are grounded in ‘best practice’ from policy to professional development,” Gentzel said. “Communities that embrace digitally-rich learning environments to graduate college, career, and citizen-ready students are connecting the real world to the classroom.”

To launch their partnership, the organizations held a joint webinar on Oct. 30, 2014 that Gentzel participated in and unveiled the partnership’s main hub,, a suite of resources specifically for superintendents, district technology leaders, and school boards. Through the website and surrounding Leading the Digital Leap activities, current and aspiring school district leaders can:

  • See the digital leap in action through professional development events and site visits;
  • Learn through a wealth of resources; and
  • Discover what leaders can DO to catalyze their districts’ leap.

Additionally,@LeadDigitalLeap is now on Twitter.


Over the coming weeks and months, the three associations will team to develop and promote new and existing resources to better educate district leaders in understanding their roles in taking the digital leap.

NSBA has a variety of events and resources for school leaders on education technology:

NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network
2015 Technology Leadership Network Site Visits
2015 NSBA Annual Conference
NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys’ Data in the Cloud Privacy Guide
NSBA’s Center for Public Education: Talking About the Facts of Education Data with School Board Members
NSBA’s American School Board Journal: Technology Focus articles
NSBA’s Federal Advocacy Resources on Education Technology and E-Rate

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