The Wooster City School District is proud to announce that Rebecca Furlong, Wooster City Schools’ director of technology, has become a Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL®) from the Consortium for School Networking. There are only 35 technology directors in the State of Ohio and only 690 in the world who have received the CETL® credential.
“Rebecca is in an elite class with this certification, and we are honored to have her as a member of our school district,” said Dr. Michael Tefs, superintendent of the Wooster City School District. “She has worked tirelessly to achieve this goal and to help deliver the best instructional technology to our students possible. We are all extremely proud of her.”
The CETL® program is the only practice-based certification program for the education technology industry that combines technical knowledge, understanding of the school environment, and the leadership skills to integrate technology into the curriculum to advance student outcomes. The certification demonstrates that professionals have the knowledge and skills to bring 21st century learning and leadership to their education organization. To be certified, participants must pass an exam and adhere to a Code of Conduct. Recertification is required every three years.
“The certification process was a great professional learning experience and helped me to connect with some of the best technology directors in the state and across the country, and our group of 35 CETLs in Ohio are now committed to helping other colleagues work toward this certification, as well,” said Furlong. “Now that I am certified, I will have, at my fingertips, the resources being used in school districts all over the United States to bring the latest trends and best practices in education technology to Wooster City Schools.”
Furlong has worked in the Wooster City School District since 2000. She began as a math teacher at Edgewood Middle School then became the technology resource teacher. She has been in her current role as director of technology since 2009. Furlong has a bachelor’s degree in education from Ashland University and a Master of Technology degree from Kent State University.