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About the CIO Program

The Krause Center for Innovation’s Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) program is an exciting, new addition to our professional development menu. Created in partnership with CUE, this leadership opportunity is designed to meet the needs of educators seeking to explore educational change and elevate their professional practice. Schools and districts have an urgent mandate to prepare students for a rapidly evolving world, and CIOs can play a pivotal role guiding the educational and technological planning processes for their districts. CIOs also play an integral part in developing and maintaining of 21st century learning environments. The CIO program helps prepare educators for these roles.

Today’s CIOs must develop  multi-faceted skills, in which best practices in teaching and learning are foundational. CIO program participants will develop a deep understanding of educational innovation related to curriculum and instruction, technology infrastructure, strategic planning, and leadership. Graduates of the program will come away fully prepared to lead and empower teams to modernize their schools and districts.

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Program Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop a knowledge base of innovative best practices in education
  • Join a network of peers focused on educational innovation and improvement
  • Guide districts strategic planning processes based on instructional and technology needs
  • Enhance their leadership skills in order to effectively lead a variety of teams throughout their districts

See Requirements of Participants section for course dates and times.


Participants will have ready access to the expertise and resources of the program partner organizations (KCI and CUE) as they develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be a successful technology leader in schools and districts.

We are happy to include other partners who will assist us in ensuring that we have curriculum that is responsive to the needs facing schools today. These partners will provide advice and curriculum support to CIO candidates through the process of becoming a educational technology leader who can support teaching and learning in a variety of contexts.

Krause Center for Innovation is a Google for Education Partner and directly provides services to individuals, schools, and districts. As part of the CIO program, candidates will learn how Google tools can be used in schools and how to better manage Google Apps for Education domains.

Educational Technology Recruiting works with private and independent schools to support their needs in locating educational technology leaders who can assess, facilitate, and transition independent schools into innovative and engaging learning environments.


The Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) Program is designed for educators with 5+ years of teaching experience. Ideal candidates have a demonstrated track record of integrating technology into instruction via their own classroom teaching or work as an administrator, technology coordinator, instructional, coach, or Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA).

All CIO program candidates must complete the following requirements:


The CIO program 2019 tuition is $2,200 and this includes 27 quarter units of coursework from Foothill College.

Before You Start Your Application

Thank you for taking an interest in the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) Program. This is a seven-month professional development program for educational leaders.

Candidates in the program are expected to attend monthly sessions (Friday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and complete additional coursework between face to face sessions.

Your application consists of two parts. First, you need to submit a letter of support from your school or district administrator. Secondly, you need to complete the following online application.

Before starting your online application, you should download and review the .pdf copy of the application questions, a series of open-ended questions that answers of 150 words (or less). You may want to work on your answers in a separate document and then cut and paste your responses into the form before submitting. Most word processing applications will supply word counts for you.

Note: Be aware that it is not possible save your answers partially in the Google Forms application; please be ready to answer all questions during one sitting.

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