CoSN 20th Anniversary

Welcome to CoSN's 20th Anniversary!

1991-04-18 00:00:00

CoSN's Roots

A National Science Foundation (NSF) funded grant sponsored a meeting at TERC (Directed by Robert Tinker) in Cambridge, MA that established the concept of a Consortium on Educational Telecomputing

1992-04-18 00:00:00

A K-12 Networking Project

IBM awarded a grant to Educom for a “K-12 Networking Project”

1992-05-01 00:00:00

CoSN is founded!

CoSN filed papers of incorporation as a 501(c)3 non-profit.

1992-06-01 00:00:00


CoSNdisc (CoSN’s on-line discussion forum) began.

1992-07-01 00:00:00

NSF grant to CoSN and FARNET

NSF grant to CoSN and FARNET (“Building Consensus/Building Models: A Networking Strategy for Change.”)

1993-10-28 00:00:00

100 Educational Decision-makers

Approximately 100 educational decision-makers and practitioners from across the country and from all levels of the educational system, met near Washington, DC...

1995-01-01 00:00:00

Elementary and Secondary School Act

In 1995, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary School Act.

1996-02-01 00:00:00

CoSN and ISTE Collaboration

CoSN approached ISTE and suggested that the two organizations collaborate in securing legislative consulting services...

1996-02-20 00:00:00

1st CoSN Conference

CoSN held its first conference in February.

1997-02-18 00:00:00

2nd Annual CoSN Conference

The second conference, with the theme of School Networking on the Emerging Information Superhighway...

1998-01-01 00:00:00

Copyright Millennium Act

CoSN chair Jim Bosco testified before the U.S. Copyright Commission regarding the Copyright Millennium Act on behalf of the interests of K-12 schools.

1998-02-17 00:00:00

3rd Annual CoSN Conference

CoSN’s third conference focused on the theme of Realizing the Promise.

1999-01-01 00:00:00

Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom

CoSN launched its Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom leadership initiative to show educators how business practices around budgeting for...

1999-02-16 08:24:21

4th Annual CoSN Conference

The fourth conference had the theme of Learning for All in the Digital Age.

2000-01-01 00:00:00

CoSN Opposes CIPA

CoSN opposed the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) on the basis that filtering should be a local school district decision.

2000-02-01 00:00:00

5th Annual CoSN Conference

The 2000 conference was focused on Digital Divide or Electronic Equalizer?

2001-02-01 11:04:54

6th Annual CoSN Conference

With the 2001 conference, Web of Change, CoSN initiated a pre-conference advocacy day to provide educators with training and with the opportunity to speak directly with their Congressional representatives regarding the importance of continued support for ed tech funding.

2001-02-01 11:04:54

International Symposium Launched

CoSN launched the International Symposium as a component of the annual CoSN Conference to promote a global exchange on key issues the use of technology in K-12 schools.

2001-03-01 11:04:54

CTO Council Launched

CoSN launched the School District Chief Technology Officers (CTO) Council to develop professional development resources for school district technology leaders

2002-01-01 11:04:54

CoSN Leads Delegation to Europe

CoSN led its first U.S. international delegation to Europe, focused on cross-national issues around the effective use of technology in elementary and secondary education.

2002-03-01 11:04:54

7th Annual CoSN Conference

The 2002 conference focused on Leadership for the Digital School: Challenges, Implications & Opportunities.

2003-01-01 11:04:54

CoSN Launches 3D Initiative

CoSN launched its 3D: Vision to Know & Do leadership initiative on Data-Driven Decision Making.

2003-02-01 00:00:00

CoSN Launches Cyber Security Initiative

In partnership with Mass Networks Education Partnership, CoSN launched the Cyber Security for the Digital District leadership initiative to help educators better understand the issue of cyber security of educational networks.

2003-03-01 00:00:00

1st Annual Compendium Series released

CoSN began publication of the annual Compendium, comprised of monographs exploring timely issues of importance to K-12 technology decision makers.

2003-03-01 00:00:00

8th Annual CoSN Conference

The CoSN conference focused on the theme of Achievement, Assessment & Accountability.

2003-04-01 00:00:00

Emerging Technologies Committee Formed

CoSN created the Emerging Technologies Committee, charged with the task of providing information about emerging technologies to the education community in the form of white papers, press events, and webcasts.

2003-05-01 00:00:00

ETAN Launched

ETAN, a joint effort of CoSN and ISTE, was launched in the fall. Its purpose is to provide Congress with information in support of ed tech.

2004-01-01 23:59:59

CoSN Delegation to Australia

CoSN leads a senior U.S. delegation to Australia, further extending the organization’s leadership on global educational technology collaboration.

2004-03-01 23:59:59

9th Annual CoSN Conference

The conference focused on Personalization and Empowerment: No Child Left Behind and Technology.

2005-01-01 23:59:59

Accessible Technologies Initiative Launched

CoSN launched the Accessible Technologies for All Students leadership initiative.

2005-03-01 23:59:59

10th Annual CoSN Conference

The conference focus was Beyond Wires and Boxes: Using Technology for Transformation.

2006-01-01 23:59:59

CoSN Launches Open Technologies and VOI Initiatives

CoSN launched the Open Technologies and Value of Investment leadership initiatives.

2006-03-01 23:59:59

11th Annual CoSN Conference

The conference focused on Measuring the Value of Education Technology.

2007-01-01 23:59:59

CoSN Celebrates 15th Anniversary

2007-03-01 23:59:59

12th Annual CoSN Conference

CoSN held its first annual conference outside of Washington, DC, in San Francisco, CA.

2008-01-01 23:59:59

CoSN Launches 3 New Initiatives

CoSN launched the IT Crisis Preparedness, Green Computing, and Empowering 21st Century Superintendent leadership initiatives.

2008-02-01 23:59:59

CoSN Receives MacArthur Foundation Grant

CoSN received a John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant for Exploring Policy and Leadership Barriers to Effective Use of Web 2.0 in Schools.

2008-03-01 23:59:59

13th Annual CoSN Conference

The conference focused on Visionary Leadership: Scaffolding 21st Century Learning with Technology.

2008-04-01 23:59:59

Learning to Change/Changing to Learn PSA Launched

CoSN and the Pearson Foundation launched a new PSA, Learning to Change/ Changing to Learn, to spotlight transformative role of technology in K-12 education.

2009-01-01 23:59:59

1st Annual Horizon Report Released

CoSN partnered with the New Media Consortium to launch first K-12 version of the annual reports on emerging technologies.

2009-02-01 23:59:59

MacArthur Foundation Grant Renewed

CoSN received a renewal grant from the MacArthur Foundation for work on Web 2.0 Policies/Leadership.

2009-03-01 23:59:59

14th Annual CoSN Conference

CoSN held its annual conference, Leadership, Policy & Innovation in a Collaborative World in Austin, TX.

2009-04-01 23:59:59

Mastering the Moment Launched

CoSN launched Mastering the Moment, a toolkit to help education technology leaders be a leader in times of economic distress.

2009-05-01 23:59:59

CoSN Begins Using Web 2.0 Tools

CoSN initiated use of a number of Web 2.0 tools to better serve members (Twitter, CoSN Community, etc.).

2009-06-01 23:59:59

Framework of Essential Skills Refereshed

CoSN issues refreshed the Framework for Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO (v. 2.0).

2009-07-01 23:59:59

CoSN Hosts International Symposium in Rome

CoSN hosted a joint international symposium with European Schoolnet and Australia’s in Rome, and also organized a senior delegation to Scotland and the Netherlands.

2010-01-01 01:23:24

CoSN Receives NSF Grant for CTO Certification

CoSN received funding from NSF to build a CTO certification based on the Framework of Essential Skills.

2010-02-01 20:13:12

CoSN Receives US Dept of Ed Grant

CoSN, in partnership with others won a contract for Connected Online Communities of Practice (CoP) effort as part of implementation of US National Education Technology Plan. CoSN launched as an online CoP for school system leaders.

2010-03-01 18:09:17

15th Annual CoSN Conference

CoSN hosted the 15th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, which focused on Innovation, Ingenuity and Insight, and the 9th International Symposium.

2010-04-01 19:46:10

CoSN Leads Senior International Delegation

CoSN led a senior delegation to London and Paris, including visits to OECD and UNESCO.

CoSN 20th Anniversary

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