DA’s National Technology Leadership Academy is designed for technology leaders and their management teams.  Attendees will learn how high-performing technology departments lead and support the digital transformation occurring in every K12 school system.  Technology leadership is changing, and this Academy will prepare your technology leaders to successfully navigate this new landscape and help prepare all students to be global digital citizens.

Our cohort learning model includes:

  1. Tranformational leadership
  2. Organizational Change Management
  3.  Governance
  4. Infrastructure Readiness
  5. Project & Portfolio Management
  6. Crisis Management


When: October 8-10, 2020 & December 10-12, 2020
(must attend both sessions)
Tuition: $2,500* (includes materials)
*Discount available for employees of DA Leadership Institute member districts.
*Group Discounts Available

Target Audience: Technology Leaders and Management Teams

Who attends? 30+ District Technology
Leaders and aspiring CIOs

Each 2 1⁄2 day session is mindfully designed to drive deep
engagement with high-performing IT Leaders.
Who should attend:

  1. Skilled leaders who desire to be great CIO’s
  2. Individuals who are considering pursuing the CIO
    Leadership role
  3. Senior team members who would benefit from
    this high-quality professional development

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Best Practices, Systems and Tools

  • Defining Vision & Mission
  • Employee Recruiting /Retaining / Succession Planning
  • Infrastructure Readiness
  • Strategic Relationship Building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Data Privacy
  • Expectation Management

Dr. Sheryl R. Abshire

Former CTO, Calcasieu Parish School System

Dr. Sheryl R. Abshire

As a leader in technology integration, she serves as catalyst to initiate the integration of technology into all curriculum areas throughout her school district, the state, & internationally. B.S. Early Childhood Education, M.Ed. Elementary Education, Educational Specialist School Administration/Supervision & a Ph.D. University of New Orleans in Educational Leadership & Administration. As an accomplished grant writer she regularly conducts institutes to fund innovative technology programs throughout the nation. A 41 year veteran educator, she has worked as a school principal, K-5 teacher, library/media specialist, classroom teacher, assistant professor at Lamar University, & as adjunct professor at McNeese State University & Louisiana Tech University.

She has been involved in diverse staff development programs throughout the nation involving restructuring schools through the infusion of technology and curriculum enhancements. She is a nationally recognized consultant/speaker. In 2010 she was appointed by the FCC to the USAC board representing the nation’s schools and libraries on ERATE matters. In May of 2009, ISTE awarded her the first Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award for work promoting educational technology. Sheryl served on ISTE Standards and Accreditation Committee & serves on numerous national, state, & district committees focusing on role of technology & curriculum integration in changing educational practice.

Sharyn Guhman

Chief Information Office, Denver Public Schools

Sharyn Guhman

Sharyn Guhman brings over 20 years of experience in executive leadership and consulting roles.  Currently the co-owner of Syntropy Partners, LLC, Sharyn is bringing together her prior “Big 6” consulting background with her more recent experience as CIO for Denver Public Schools for over 5 years.  Sharyn has significant experience helping organizations set strategic direction and implement successful technology initiatives while navigating budget challenges and complex environments.  During her more than 16 years in private-sector management and IT consulting, she led large-scale systems development, ERP implementation, and change-management initiatives across a variety of industries. Sharyn lives in Denver, CO.

Dr. Tom Ryan

Chief Information and Strategy Officer, Santa Fe Public Schools

Dr. Tom Ryan

Dr. Tom Ryan is the Chief Information and Strategy Officer for the Santa Fe Public Schools and is also President of EMMERSION Learning, an organization dedicated to transforming education through the effective use of digital learning tools. He is an education professional with 36+ years of experience and expertise in teaching, leadership, technology, technology integration and blended/online learning program development. He works with schools leadership on strategic planning and leadership, designing digital learning environments, technology infrastructure reviews, and the shift to digital tools.

He is engaged in leadership activities in several state and national organizations including President on the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Board, iNACOL, ISTE, and the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS). Work with the CGCS includes: large school district IT reviews of infrastructure, strategic planning, instructional technology, and digital transformation efforts. He also helps coordinate of the Councils annual CIO conferences. Dr. Ryan presents at several state and national conferences throughout the year.

Lenny Schad

Chief Information and Innovation Officer in Residence, District Administration

Lenny Schad

Lenny Schad is the chief information and innovation officer for District Administration. Schad has been working in the technology field for 28 years where his career has taken him into many business sectors, and he has established a very successful leadership and management track record. His range of business-sector experience includes hospitality, government, oil and gas, investment banking, and education.

Highlights of his career include managing and leading technology departments for the 1991 Economic Summit of Industrialized Nations and the 1992 Republican National Convention, and creating and managing technology departments for joint ventures and global organizations. Schad has worked in K12 education since 2003, and has successfully led implementations of BYOD and 1-to-1 in Katy ISD and Houston ISD, respectively. He is a board member for CoSN and IMS Global, and is a recognized leader whose innovative and process-oriented management styles have led to highly effective information technology departments.

The Changing Role of the CIO

The leaders of technology divisions must begin thinking of their role not in terms of providing “Technology Solutions” rather, they need to think of their role as being part of the “Classroom Experience.” As a technology leader you must face a new reality; because of the many cloud-based and digital service offerings, the organization can build their own solutions without you and your department. In order to avoid this CIO’s need to focus their time and energy on building relationships at every level in the organization. By establishing relationships and partnering with other leaders the technology department becomes the enabler to accomplishing the objectives in this changing landscape.

Robin Stehle

Deputy Chief Information Officer, Denver Public Schools

Robin Stehle

Robin Stehle’s 20+ year career spans industries and solutions, most recently as Deputy CIO at Denver Public Schools, focused on operations optimization, organization design, team performance management, and process definition, all with a strong foundation in user adoption and change management strategies. She spent her time prior running a program management office, building enterprise governance structures, and a custom project management methodology.  Robin’s early years were in management and IT consulting with global firm as a member of their OCM practice, leading projects ranging from margin assurance to ERP training and change teams.  Robin is the current co-owner of Syntropy Partners, LLC and lives in Denver, CO.