The Alabama Chief Technology Officer certification program is designed for those who currently serve as their system’s technology director and for those who aspire to such positions.  The program also welcomes ALET HigherEd members responsible for designing or teaching college courses for advanced degrees in educational technology.


The AL-CTO program is unique. It is founded on the understanding that the leadership responsibilities and expertise required for this role are tremendously complex and dynamic. Success in the role of a K-12 CTO means possessing and maintaining a high level of competency in both education and technology, not just one or the other. Regardless of the participant’s background, the program has much to offer. It is designed to assist the participant in developing higher levels of competency in the full range of CTO responsibilities while ensuring that Alabama’s unique state requirements and opportunities are covered.  Throughout the program participants will share with and learn from other professionals, leading to personal and professional growth.


The AL-CTO Program was developed by ALET. During its development, designers of the program met with Alabama State Department of Education leaders. SDE leaders acknowledge the need for and the benefits of the program and encouraged its development. However, participants should be aware that, at this time, attaining AL CTO certification does not require school systems to change the graduate’s job title or pay.


Anyone meeting the criteria may apply to participate in ALET’s CTO program. The criteria for participation is intended to establish and maintain program rigor and high quality, not to discriminate against any interested candidate. The criteria and order of acceptance are as follows:

  • ALET Delegate Members serving in a school system’s highest EdTech leadership position regardless of years experience in education
  • ALET General Members having a minimum of three years experience working in the education field
  • Non-ALET members having a minimum of three years experience working in the education field


The AL CTO Certification Program consists of eight courses, covering all major responsibilities of the position.  The professional strands are patterned after the CoSN Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) framework but are tailored for Alabama. Please note that the CETL program and AL CTO program are different certifications. Neither is a pre-requisite for the other.



The courses take a year to complete. CTO course dates will generally be on the day before or the day after the three ALET conferences. Participants should plan accordingly.

Schedule for the CHARLIE Cohort

Fall 2017 Symposium (Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, AL)
AL CTO Roles and Responsibilities    [Leaders: Tim Brothers and Stacy Royster]
September 24, 2017 2-5 p.m.
AL Technology Planning    [Leaders: Dr. Connie Bain and April Chamberlain]
September 26, 2017 1:30PM-4:30 p.m.

Winter 2018 Conference (Montgomery, AL)
March 5, 2018: 515 Union Street Montgomery, AL 36104
AL Information Technology Management [Leaders: Sean Holmes and Kevin Stephenson] 8:30AM-11:30AM
AL Models of Professional Learning [Leaders: Kelli Lane and Bryan Phillips] 12:30PM-3:30PM

Summer 2018 Conference (Birmingham, AL)
June 11, 2018 in Hoover, AL
AL Data Management and Governance [Leader: Donna Williamson] 8:30AM-11:30AM
AL Law, Ethics, and Policies [Leaders: Susan Poling and Kelli Lane] 12:30PM-3:30PM

Fall 2018 Symposium (Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, AL)
AL Finance and Budgeting [Leader: Jana Hoggle]
-September 23, 2018 1:30PM-4:30PM

AL Teaching and Learning [Leader: Chris Jenks]
-September 25, 2018 1:30PM-4:30PM

The CHARLIE cohort will graduate during the Fall 2018 Symposium. 
-September 26, 2018


The one-time course fee is $75. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.


Applications for the “Charlie” Cohort are now closed.  Stay tuned for additional cohorts.


Contact Kelli Lane, VP of Professional Learning

AL CTO Graduates

Alpha Cohort of AL Chief Technology Officer Certification program at graduation
Alpha Cohort Graduates February 2017
CTO Graduates from the Beta Cohort
Beta CTO Cohort Graduates June 2017


Allen TaylorWalker CountyAlpha
Anthony KingstonAlabaster CityAlpha
April ChamberlainTrussville CityAlpha
Barbara BurchardElmore CountyAlpha
Beth McKinney Athens CityAlpha
Brigett StewartJacksonville CityAlpha
Bruce EllardCullman CountyAlpha
Bryan PhillipsHoover CityAlpha
Chris Jenks Tuscaloosa CityAlpha
Craig BatesTalladega CountyAlpha
Devlynne BarnesMonroe CountyAlpha
Eric BurrageOxford CityAlpha
Glen Granberry
Lee CountyAlpha
Jana HoggleSatsuma CityAlpha
Jason Truett
Lauderdale CountyAlpha
Jenel TravisCalhoun CountyAlpha
Jeremy KingBaldwin CountyAlpha
Joanne StephensBirmingham CityAlpha
Joel Andrews Russellville CityAlpha
Juan Cepero Dale CountyAlpha
Tommy WhittenMadison County SchoolsAlpha
Kelli LaneHoover CityAlpha
Kevin StephensonMuscle Shoals CityAlpha
Kevin ThompsonCoosa CountyAlpha
Kim ArringtonChilton CountyAlpha
Michael FowlkesArab CityAlpha
Sean HolmesGuntersville CityAlpha
Stephanie SnyderPike CountyAlpha
Tim BrothersAttalla CityAlpha
Tim SoutherlandHartselle CityAlpha
William MartinMarengo CountyAlpha
Edward WillisMorgan CountyAlpha
Wayne YoungOzark CityAlpha
Stacey WeaverPell CityAlpha
Jennifer Alexiou-RayUniversity of MontevalloBeta
Eujon AndersonTroy CityBeta
Steve BlairMontgomery CountyBeta
Bob BlalockHouston CountyBeta
Brian CraigSheffield CityBeta
Calan DanielRandolph CountyBeta
Regina DavisChoctaw CountyBeta
Bret DehoffBrewton CityBeta
Louis DelbertColbert CountyBeta
Emily ElamDecatur CityBeta
Sandra GuinnFranklin CountyBeta
Benny GuthrieCullman CountyBeta
Brad JohnsonEnterprise CityBeta
Verlander JonesPerry CountyBeta
Joani KayMtn. Brook CityBeta
Tony LaRueScottsboro CityBeta
Todd ManleyFlorence CityBeta
Sharon MummMtn. Brook CityBeta
Brian NarrellBlount CountyBeta
DevVon PettwayMidfield CityBeta
Cassie RaulstonUniversity of MontevalloBeta
Stacy RodgersEnterprise CityBeta
Stacy RoysterOpelika City SchoolsBeta
Matthew ShellButler CountyBeta
Paula StanbridgeMtn. Brook CityBeta
Robert StewartGreene CountyBeta
Russ StewartSt. Clair CountyBeta
Bradley StrotherClay CountyBeta
Teresa ThomasBirmingham CityBeta
Greg TitshawFort Payne CityBeta