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Rod Smith

Clayton County Public Schools
Chief Technology Officer
Rod Smith serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS). CCPS has 67 learning sites and 55,000+ students. He has effectively increased equity of access to technology and learning opportunities enabled by technology for students over the last 20 years. He has held leadership roles with Griffin-Spalding County Schools (GSCS) and CCPS.

Mr. Smith is charged with leading the district’s technology vision and roadmap, District Technology Roadmap. The Clayton County Public Schools Technology roadmap sets the vision for technology use in CCPS. Mr. Smith’s goal is to always support the district’s strategic plan and academic program. The roadmap includes deliberate planning, preparation, implementation, and monitoring phases to ensure each project’s success.

Prior to joining CCPS, Mr. Smith worked in the Griffin-Spalding County Schools for ten years in various capacities, including Director of Instructional Technology.

Mr. Smith is an active member of the Google Southeast Advisory Council and the IMS Global Consortium for K12.

Rod has presented nationally on the role of technology in education. His presentations have included leading transformation to build digital districts, technology, and data governance, and educational technology leadership.

Mr. Smith earned his B.S. in Technology Education from Virginia State University and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern University. He tweets @iamRodSmith.