CCSSO is committed to ensuring every child, across all backgrounds, graduates ready for college, careers, and life. The CAO/CTO Collaborative seeks to bring together senior, cabinet level officials who oversee talent and academics/standards to discuss and address policy issues that impact standards implementation, high-quality instruction, and educator effectiveness and support. 


2019-2020 Goals:

-Convene leaders that oversee academics and talent in states to discuss common challenges and promising practices by providing thought leadership and support with consultancies, discussions, and workshop sessions;

-Deeply discuss and brainstorm state levers and supports with national experts, accomplished educators, and one another to ensure students who are low-income, students of color, students with disabilities, and English language learners all receive high-quality, culturally relevant instruction aligned to college- and career-ready standards and that teachers and leaders receive the training and support critical to supporting these students;

-Discuss and bring in leading researchers to support the work of CAOs and CTOs. Identify strategies to support skill-building for CAOs and CTOs by supporting execution of responsibilities and leadership in the states. Small-group or cross-state conversations, as requested, will be held to assist CAOs and CTOs in moving their work forward.


For more information on the CAO/CTO collaborative please see the documents below:

Chief Academic Officer/Chief Talent Officer (CAO/CTO) Collaborative 2019-2020 Membership Information



For general inquiries related to membership in a collaborative please email Adam Petermann, or call at 202-336-7076.


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