Technology Leadership Academy, Virtual Academy, Fall 2024

During this 8-day virtual academy current and aspiring district technology leaders learn how high-performing technology departments address digital transformation, safety, governance, and project management; develop effective cross-functional leadership practices with key stakeholders; and help prepare all students to be global digital citizens.

At DALI Academies, we strive to partner with district leaders to provide the essential training for success in the classroom and beyond. Our goal is to create an empowered school system where every student is set up for success.

Our cohort learning model includes:

  1. The Changing Role of Technology
  2. Transformational leadership
  3. Building Strategic Relationships
  4. Artificial Intelligence – Technologies Role
  5. Organizational Change Management
  6. Organizational Change Management
  7. Governance
  8. Cybersecurity
  9. Optional Book Study Opportunities
    1. Never Split the Difference
    2. Extreme Ownership

Cohort Dates

Session #1:

  1. October 1, 2024, 12-4 PM EST
  2. October 3, 2024, 12-4 PM EST
  3. October 8, 2024, 12-4 PM EST
  4. October 10, 2024, 11:30 AM-5:30 PM EST

Session #2:

  1. December 3, 2024, 12-4 PM EST
  2. December 5, 2024, 12-4 PM EST
  3. December 10, 2024, 12-4 PM EST
  4. December 12, 2024, 11:30 AM-5:30 PM EST

8 days total

Tuition: $2,500* (includes materials)

Deluxe Members – Tuition fee waived for 1st attendee

Group rates available.

Please email us at [email protected] for more information.

In-depth Hands-on Experience Building Skills and Best Practices Around:

  1. Setting Vision, Mission, and Core Values
  2. Management vs. Leadership
  3. Conflict Resolution
  4. Key Performance Indicators
  5. Expectation Management
  6. Succession Planning
  7. AI Readiness
  8. Talent Management
  9. Interoperability

Who attends? 30+ CIO’s, District Technology
Leaders and Leadership Teams

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

  1. Technology and Instructional Technology Leaders
  2. Technology and Instructional Technology Leadership Teams
  3. Anyone wanting to improve their leadership skills, behaviors, and practices

Target Audience: Technology Leaders and Management Teams; Instructional Technology Leaders and Management Teams

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Send us an email to [email protected] or call us at (561) 622-0352.

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Oct 01 2024 - Dec 12 2024




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  • Adam Garry
    Adam Garry
    President, StrategicEDU, LLC

    Experienced Sr. Director Of Education strategy and business development with a demonstrated history of working in the Education, information technology and professional learning industries. Skilled in Leadership, Generative AI, Educational Technology, Personalized Learning, Needs Assessment, and Organizational Development. Strong education professional with a BS in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida, a master’s in Teaching and Learning with an Emphasis on Technology, and a Certificate in Administration and Supervision focused in Educational Leadership and Administration, General from The Johns Hopkins University.

  • Chris Higle
    Chris Higle
    Chief Technology Officer, Ceres Unified School District
  • Denise Musselwhite
    Denise Musselwhite
    Founder, Tech & Thrive

    I’m a Chief Information Officer turned executive leadership coach and consultant who is dedicated to helping professionals in tech thrive and succeed as industry leaders. A nationally recognized and experienced technologist and leader with more than two decades of experience in the legal, non-profit, and education industries.

    I provide a combination of traditional executive and leadership coaching, subject-specific mentoring, and assessment, using my wealth of experience as a CIO/CTO and Technology Leader to help clients make decisions, reach new objectives, and build skills and self-knowledge.

  • Dr. Julie Evans
    Dr. Julie Evans
    CEO, Project Tomorrow

    Julie Evans is a National thought leader, researchers and advocate for the implementation of innovative learning environments in K-12 education. She has special expertise in the role of digital tools, content and resources to transform teaching and learning experiences. She has considerable accomplishments in developing innovative national and regional education reform programs and new research methodologies for evaluating the impact of emerging technologies.

    The CIO’s New Role in Addressing the Chalkboard Challenge in America’s Classrooms

    The CIO’s role and responsibilities today extend far beyond the server room.  When thinking about the role of technology in the learning imperative of America’s schools, the emerging role of the district CIO as an agent of education transformation is more important than ever.  Given a unique perspective on the value of technology, a new role for the CIO involves addressing how digital content, tools and resources are used effectively (or are not) to support enhanced teaching and learning.  In this interactive two-part session, we will explore the realities of technology use within the classroom by closely examining the authentic feedback of K-12 students, teachers, parents and administrators and then use those insights to frame the current challenges and potential leadership role of the CIO in influencing and impacting the learning experiences of students.

  • Dr. Tom Ryan
    Dr. Tom Ryan
    Retired Chief Information and Strategy Officer, Santa Fe Public Schools

    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.

  • Greg Ottinger
    Greg Ottinger
    Retired Chief Business Officer San Diego Unified School District
  • Lenny Schad
    Lenny Schad
    Chief Information and Innovation Officer in Residence

    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.

  • Scott Bailey
    Scott Bailey
    Former Superintendent, Desert Sands Unified School District

    In the Spring of 2017, Scott Bailey began his superintendency with a four-step process to LOOK, LISTEN, LEARN, and LEAD. The first three steps included 35 site visits, 800 classroom visits, various division and department tours, and numerous community interactions. Additionally, the results of the Thoughtexchange survey, which included the voice of parents/guardians, certificated and classified staff, students, management and confidential staff, as well as community members, helped to form an action plan. The Superintendent Action Plan, which encompasses 45 objectives represents the final step, LEAD.