Ben Bayle, information technology director for DeKalb CUSD 428 has earned recertification as a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL®) through the Consortium for School Network (CoSN). According to CoSN, the CETL program is the only accredited practice-based certification program available to education technology leaders that bridges technical knowledge, understanding of the educational environment, leadership and vision, and the management of technology and support resources needed to integrate technology across the curriculum to advance student outcomes.
Achieving and maintaining the CETL certification requires completing eligibility criteria, passing a rigorous multiple-choice exam, adhering to a code of conduct, and a recertification process every three years. “My role involves much more than just implementing technology,” said Bayle. “This highlights that I understand the many facets that go into educating our students and how technology complements teaching and learning so that we leverage the best of what technology offers to support achievement and remove technical hurdles to learning,” Bayle also noted that maintaining his CETL credential has allowed him to advocate on behalf of the district at the federal level with members of the house, senate, and FCC on topics of the digital divide, funding for cybersecurity, and amendments to E-rate funding.
Bayle has been a part of the DeKalb school district for 20 years, beginning his career as an information technology specialist. Prior to being named director of information technology in 2016, Bayle also served as the computer and information systems manager from 2010-2016.