Edu-Tech Facilities 2021

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

62 days left

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.

The Edu-Tech Facilities Summit focuses on delivering real-world insights, first-hand experiences and practical ideas that have been tried by other districts. Every district has an agenda that gets tweaked and adjusted each school year; and we are providing thought-provoking presentations, panels and roundtables to inspire action and drive results that support facility & operational enhancements. We know there is no “one size fits all” answer when it comes to school districts, but rather having organic and genuine conversations around the approaches and strategies to challenges yields positive results.

Edu-Tech Facilities is an invitation-only Summit that provides a forum to collaborate, strategize and discover innovative solutions for the challenges faced by your districts. We believe in creating a memorable, collaborative and effective experience focused on continuous improvement for Chiefs & Directors of Facilities & Operations. Sit down with your peers in an intimate setting and learn new ideas and get help from your colleagues from other districts. Explore what true collaboration really is about.

Current as of May 3, 2021


Registration Opens


Explore Atlanta


Cocktail Reception


Opening Keynote

Rachel Wilson, Managing Director and Head of Cybersecurity, Morgan Stanley, Former Senior Executive, National Security Agency


Dinner Reception


Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up


Preparing Educational Facilities for Learning

Cecil Bowles, Chief Operating Officer, Putnam City Schools

Clarence Carson, Chief Facility Officer, Chicago Public Schools

Alishia Jolivette, Facilities Services Officer Maintenance & Operations, Houston Independent School District




Net Zero Energy Education

Cyndi Smith, Director – Facilities, Design and Construction, Baltimore City Public Schools






Closing Schools and Repurposing Assets


Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria, Deputy Superintendent of Finance & Operations, El Paso Independent School District


What it Means to Graduate Triple E

Mac Beaton, Director, Career & Technical Education, Henrico County Public Schools

Susan Moore, Director of Facilities, Henrico County Public Schools




Safety & Security Enhancements

Kevin Carroll, Executive Director, JeffCo DeAngelis Foundation








Integration of Technology into More Innovate & Collaborative Student Spaces


Scott Layne, Deputy Superintendent, Dallas Independent School District

Jack Kelanic, Chief Technology Officer, Dallas Independent School District

Shannon Trejo, Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Dallas Independent School District




Urban Site Selection – Obstacles, Challenges, Success

Aubrey Linville, Partner, Linville | Team Partners Commercial Real Estate

Colon Moore, Director of Construction, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools


Comprehensive Way to Look at Enrollment to Inform Practices

Leslie Brown, Chief Portfolio Services Officer, Broward County Public Schools


Closing Lunch

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia

Edu-Tech Facilities is an invitation-only Summit for the heads of facilities, construction and operations from the largest school districts in the country. Registrations are complimentary via scholarships for school district administrators and include 2 nights of accommodations, meals, networking functions and access to all conference sessions. Solution providers are able to attend through sponsorship with a limit of two companies per category.

We welcome school district administrators and solution providers to be involved. To learn more about participating, please contact
  • Project Delivery Methods
  • Designing & Negotiating Procurement Contracts
  • Facilities’ Repairs, Estimating & Budgeting
  • 21st Century Learning Environments
  • Coordination of Educational Needs & Delivery of Facilities
  • Funding for Capital Improvements without Bonds
  • Using Data to Create a Smart District
  • Privacy & Compliance of School Bathrooms
  • Enabling Virtualization Across the Design Process
  • Closing Schools and Repurposing Assets
  • Classroom Redesign and Updates and the Impact on Collaborative Learning
  • Implementing 1:1 for 155,000 Students
  • Condition Assessment & Preparing for a Bond
  • Safety &Security Enhancements
  • Preparing Educational Facilities for Learning
  • How CTE is Making a Big Impact on the Facility & Tech Departments
  • Roundtable Collaboration Meetings
    Edu-Tech Facilities is 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 that are engaging and informative. The agenda incorporates cocktail receptions, networking lunches and a specially selected offsite dinner at a nearby venue. Opportunities are endless in Phoenix with a wide variety of nearby activities to continue your networking and build strong personal relationships with current and future partners. We’ll provide a list of our recommendations for pre and post conference activities a few weeks prior to the Summit.

Attendee Breakdown

      The format of blending speaker presentations, roundtables and dinner sessions offers ample opportunity for effective networking and learning within the span of the attendees experience level. Executive Director, Facilities and Building Services

      Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

      Overall experience was great. The planning and logistics were seamless thanks to the Opal staff. There were several targeted sessions for professional development that were very intentional. This is why I come. Chief Operations Officer

      Waukegan School District

      Loved the conference! Opal Group did a wonderful job of intertwining school leaders from both large and small school systems to share best practices on how to best support instruction. Director of Facilities/Purchasing

      Independence School District

      Innovation is a pillar of our school districts mission statement. Edu-Tech continues to provide these types of opportunities. Chief Operations Officer

      Putnam City Schools

      The organization, relevance and pace of this conference is conducive to my learning style. The presentations were awesome and the roundtables provide a much better opportunity to network with vendors. Assistant Superintendent

      Douglas County Schools