Virtual Edu-Tech / Edu-Tech Academics 2021

March 3, 2021

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Interactive and Collaborative Spaces to Closing the Achievement Gap, Updated Learning Models, Global Broadband for Students, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Learning models for this school year were completely different than the norm. There were many challenges but also many successes. The changes that began last March seem like a lifetime ago. We have learned so much from our colleagues, students, teachers and communities. As we continue to look forward to closing out this school year and begin to plan for the 2021-2022 school year, there is much more work to be done.

Opal Group is proud to host a virtual prequel of the annual Edu-Tech & Edu-Tech Academics Summit. This virtual event will focus on the evolving conversation on how technology and curriculum will forever be intertwined. The discussion will continue to change how educational institutions and communities are able to reinvent and adapt post quarantine as well as share ideas and learn from each other to plan for what’s next.

Our goal is to deliver an experience that is engaging and highly participatory through enlightening keynote presentations and small group roundtables. As we look forward to our normal returning, we know not everyone has the capability to attend in-person conferences. We will continue to provide a platform to join your tech and curriculum peers from districts across the country. Share your stories and collaborate in creative problem-solving to tackle issues as we begin to make our way out of the pandemic.

Join us! Interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring? Contact

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Scheduled times are all EDT


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Welcome & Opening Remarks




Futureproofing Technology for Learning

Derrick Brown, Executive Director of Technology/ CIO, North Clackamas School District 012

Paulette Salomon, Ed Tech Supervisor, East Orange Public Schools


Breakout Roundtables


Networking Break




How the Pandemic Produced Opportunities for Students & Businesses

Tammy Diedrich, Manager, Internship and Business Programs, Anne Arundel County Public Schools


Breakout Roundtables


Breakout Roundtables




Rewriting the Narrative – The Booming Apprenticeships and Certifications

Mac Beaton, Director, CTE, Henrico County Public Schools

Beverly Cocke, Workforce & Career Development Specialist, Henrico County
Public Schools


Networking Break


Fireside Chat

Michael Hinojosa, Superintendent, Dallas Independent School District


Breakout Roundtables




The Bridge that made Technology and Curriculum Best Friends

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

Carly Barnes, Resource Teacher, School District of Osceola County

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

Chris Kocher, Technology Resource Specialist, School District of Osceola County

Alexandria Llamas, Resource Teacher, School District of Osceola County


Closing Remarks & Close of Conference

Savannah, Georgia

1 user/pass
School District Attendees Complimentary*
Manufacturers/Solution Providers $349

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Only individuals who are employees of a school district qualify for a complimentary pass. Practitioners and executives representing solution provider organizations or vendors must register as a sponsor attendee.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Edu-Tech & Edu-Tech Academics is currently seeking solution providers to present case studies and share cutting edge solutions. Learn more about sponsored thought leadership and roundtable host opportunities by contacting
  • 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