Modernizing School Safety

The Strategic Role of IT Departments

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About this Webinar

In an ever-evolving technological landscape, the safety of our schools is paramount. Watch and learn as Dr. Joe Phillips, CIO of Fulton County Schools (GA), and Jason Rooks, Executive Director of Operations and former CIO of Parkway Schools (MO) delve into the strategic role of IT departments in modernizing school safety.

Hear firsthand experiences and practical strategies from seasoned experts to equip yourself with the knowledge to tackle your district’s challenges head-on.

Key Points Covered During Webinar:

  • Building a Resilient IT Infrastructure: Essential considerations for resilience, cybersecurity measures, and futureproofing.
  • Components of Modern School Safety Technology: Benefits of integrated safety platforms in improving outcomes during emergencies, vendor selection, implementation, testing, and ensuring data security. 
  • The Growing Role of the CIO in School Safety: The increasing influence and responsibilities of CIOs in shaping and implementing safety strategies.

Dr. Phillips and Jason also answered questions during a Q&A session.

About the Presenters

Dr. Joe Phillips,
Chief Information Officer,
Fulton County Schools (GA)

Dr. Joe Phillips, an accomplished educational leader and retired Army Officer, has recently assumed the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Fulton County Schools. Dr. Phillips brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of enhancing student achievement and improving educational systems in complex environments.

With a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and a Master’s in Business and Organizational Security Management, Dr. Phillips has excelled in various leadership roles, most recently as the CIO for Broward County Public Schools, the sixth largest school district in the U.S. His innovative strategies in digital transformation, cybersecurity, and educational technology have earned him national recognition, including being named among the Top 100 EdTech Leaders in the U.S.

At Fulton County Schools, Dr. Phillips oversees technology initiatives aimed at improving teaching and learning experiences, enhancing administrative processes, and supporting data-driven decision-making. Known for his strategic planning and data-driven approach, he is committed to driving academic excellence, operational efficiency, and student safety.

Jason Rooks,
Executive Director of Operations,
Parkway Schools (MO)

Jason Rooks is the Executive Director of Operations and former Chief Information Officer in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO. As an IT leader, he focuses on delivering a safe and stable computing environment for K-12 students and staff.

Jason currently holds the CISSP and ITIL Expert certifications. He is on the Missouri state boards for Midwest Tech Talk and COSN’s state chapter Missouri Educational Technology Leaders. He frequently speaks on security and technology topics at state and national conferences.

Watch on-demand to learn how the right plan, with the right technology, can prevent incidents and ensure swift responses, ultimately saving lives.