Edu-Tech / Edu-Tech Academics 2021

Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, TX
July 18, 2021 - July 20, 2021

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With the changing landscape among numerous industries due to COVID-19, the need to meet is more relevant than ever. Each Opal agenda contains a comprehensive list of seasoned speakers and leaders who are closely watching the impact of COVID-19 and its relation to industry trends. Opal is eager to keep education and networking a priority amongst this community.

At Opal, we understand that the current environment makes the prospect of travel complex. However, the desire to meet and engage with your industry peers hasn't diminished.

We hope to see you in person, but understand that may not be realistic for all of our clients. We are ready to welcome you in whatever manner it may be.

Information updates will be sent promptly should any details of the event change.

Edu-Tech & Edu-Tech Academics focuses on delivering real-world insights, first-hand experiences and practical ideas that have been tried by other districts. We know that implementing new technology solutions, updating classrooms and curriculum initiatives isn’t a one department job, but a collaboration of different departments. Our goal is for you to gain new concepts and approaches to yield positive results in your bottom line.

Edu-Tech and Edu-Tech Academics brings together the heads of Technology and Curriculum & Instruction from K-12 school districts. It provides a forum to collaborate, strategize and discover innovative ideas for the challenges faced by your district. We believe in creating a memorable, collaborative and effective experience focused on continuous improvement for technology and academics. Sit down with your peers in an intimate setting and learn new ideas and get help from your colleagues from other districts. Benchmark your solutions. Explore what true collaboration really is about.

Current as of July 14, 2021




Cocktail Reception


Opening Keynote

Fireside Chat

Presented by

Berj Akian, CEO, ClassLink

Dr. JoAnn Fey, Superintendent, Midlothian Independent School District


Dinner Reception


Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up


Post Covid Leadership – What has changed?

Presented by

Karen Fuller, Director Network Infrastructure & Communication, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District




Future-proofing Digital Infrastructure: Solving the Emerging Challenges in K-12 IT Support.

Presented by

Matthew Krivanek, Vice President of Marketing, Incident IQ






Integrating Technology & Curriculum Together Student Engagement

Presented by

Scott Clark, Director of Media & Instructional Technology, School District of Osceola County

Scott Kaufmann, Technology Integration Specialist, School District of Osceola County

Chris Kocher, Technology Integration Teacher, School District of Osceola County


School Leadership – What We’ve Learned & What’s Next

Presented by

Yolanda Knight, Principal, WW Bushman Elementary School, Dallas Independent School District

Dr. Christopher Miller, Principal, Highland Park High School, Highland Park Unified School District


Michelle Cardinal, Deputy Managing Director, Opal Group




District Leadership – Innovation in Education

Presented by

Ritchie Bowling, Superintendent, Maypearl Independent School District

Dr. Wendy Eldredge, Superintendent, Crandall Independent School District


Anita Sprayberry, Head of Sales, Carnegie Learning




Networking Dinner





Presented by

Erik Heinrich, Senior Director Strategic Partnerships & Alliances, CommScope

Josh Knutson, Esports & VR Solutions Director, ByteSpeed




Equitable Spaces for Learning

Presented by

Flip Herndon, Superintendent, Tukwila School District


The Happy Secret to Building Buy-In

Presented by

Becca Silver, CEO, The Whole Educator


Closing Lunch

Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75207, USA

Holding Your Reservation
• To ensure that you receive this special group rate, we will charge your credit card a full prepayment (room charge plus tax) when you make your reservation.
• Changes are accepted to reservations once it has been made. However, one night deposit is non-refundable

Modifying Your Reservation
• Changes to your reservation are permitted prior to Wednesday, June 30th, without penalty.
• Beginning Thursday, July 1st, a reduction in room nights will not be refunded.


If a guest does not check-in on the reserved check-in date (and has not notified the Opal of any changes), the room will be subject to release. If the room is released, deposits will not be returned and guest credit card will be charged for the entire stay.

Upon the conclusion of the conference, all reservations will be reviewed and any additional nights and/or misc. charges to prepaid reservations will be charged to your credit card as well.

Edu-Tech and Edu-Tech Academics are invitation-only Summits for the heads of technology and curriculum and instruction from the largest school districts in the country. Registrations are complimentary via scholarships for school district administrators and include 2 nights of accommodations at the Omni Atlanta Hotel, meals, networking functions and access to all conference sessions. Solution providers are able to attend through sponsorship with a limit of three companies per category.

We welcome school district administrators and solution providers to be involved. To learn more about participating, please contact
  • Doing More with Less
  • Data Delivery and Access
  • Bridging the Gap Between Instructional & Infrastructural Technology
  • Cyber Security
  • Funding New Technologies
  • How to Provide Adequate Guidance for Schools Around Tech Devoices
  • Staff Retention and Shortages
  • Professional Development
  • Multi-Year Strategic Planning
  • Urban Students with Limited Exposure to Recent Tech Advantages
  • Budget Restrictions
  • Roundtable Collaboration Meetings:
    Edu-Tech and Edu-Tech Academics are designed to change the way school districts discover solutions. We provide the ability to learn about cutting-edge solutions with proven results used by other districts across the country. The relaxed atmosphere provides the opportunity to have open and candid conversations with senior executives to discuss industry trends and challenges. Prior to the meeting, attendees will make selections of the roundtable topics they choose to participate in based on their districts’ priorities and needs. The senior executives within the solution organizations moderate scheduled roundtables creating the opportunity for districts to share their challenges with those at the table and walk away with actionable information.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates cocktail receptions, networking lunches and a specially selected offsite dinner at a nearby venue. Leverage the meeting’s relaxed atmosphere and after hours networking activities to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

  • Adelanto Elementary School District
  • Allentown City School District
  • Amphitheater Public Schools
  • Austin Independent School District
  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Birmingham City Schools
  • Capistrano Unified School District
  • Clarksville-Montgomery County School District
  • Chico Unified School District
  • Deer Valley Unified School District
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Fort Bend Independent School District
  • Galena Park ISD
  • Henrico County Public Schools
  • Mansfield Independent School District
  • Millard Public Schools
  • Olathe Public School #233
  • Orange Unified School District
  • Peoria Unified School District
  • Pflugerville ISD
  • Phoenix Coding Academy
  • Phoenix Union High School District
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Poudre School District
  • Prince Georges County Public Schools
  • Saratoga Springs City School District
  • Socorro Independent School District
  • Stafford County Public Schools
  • Tempe Union High School District
  • The School District of Osceola County
  • Toledo Public Schools
  • Washington County School District
  • Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Attendee Breakdown

      I love that this conference brings together academics, technology & facilities. I love the format and intimate conference style. As a leader in my district, I find some “nuggets” to implement in my district. CTE Director

      Austin ISD

      It’s an experience that facilitates and encourages more substantive conversations with fellow attendees and the solution providers. CTO

      Albermarle County Public Schools

      Edu-Tech was a great forum to see emerging technology solutions, network with K-12 IT leaders around the country, and discover new ideas. Executive Director of IT

      Durham County Schools

      Professional growth specific to ed tech is not easy to find. The Edu-Tech Summit is that opportunity to learn and share with our peers from across the country as well as become acquainted with potential vendors that can partner with our school district. Director of Media & Instruction Tech

      School District of Osceola County

      At a typical tradeshow, you find yourself in a sea of vendors searching for ways to engage with potential customers to explain how you can provide value to their organizations. It can feel hurried and almost impossible to have a meaningful conversations. At Edu-Tech the roundtable meetings provide an opportunity to connect for real conversations in a relaxed fashion. In my experience attendees are engaged, open-minded, and looking to learn about what we have to offer and how it can impact their school districts. This event is a must for us every year. Sales Director