IT Director Receives National Certification

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Cheri Rhinhart, IMESD's Director of Information Technology, recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation. The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), signifies that Rhinhart has mastered the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to K-12 school systems. There are approximately 233 individuals with CETL certification nationwide, and Rhinhart is one of only four certified in Oregon.

"Earning the Certified Education Technology Leader certification demonstrates a commitment to bringing 21st century learning to our nation’s schools. Because of the CETL recertification requirements, certified leaders pledge to stay current in this ever-changing field of education technology,” said Keith Krueger, CAE, chief executive officer of CoSN.

To become certified, the candidate must demonstrate experience in the education technology field and pass a comprehensive two-part examination based on the 10 skill areas in CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO. Once the CETL certification is earned, the candidate must complete 60 hours of professional development activities every three years to maintain the designation.

Rhinhart has served as the director of IT at the IMESD since 2005. “We all know that technology is ever-changing, and it’s no different for educational technology,” she said. “This CETL process allows me to keep our IT department tuned into the latest knowledge to successfully provide the best technology environment for our students.”

The CETL certification is awarded by the Consortium for School Networking. Founded in 1992, CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders and its mission is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. CoSN is committed to providing the leadership, community and advocacy tools essential for the success of these leaders.