Edu-Tech Facilities 2021

Dallas, TX
February 21, 2021 - February 23, 2021

91 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 are hoping to make your decision to attend the upcoming event an effortless one. We are proud to announce that the upcoming event will check all the boxes and be presented as a Hybrid event, to include both a "live" in-person event alongside a "virtual" online component. Over the next few months, we will all undoubtedly learn more about the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and should circumstances require; the event will run solely virtual.

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 October 10, 2020

3:00pm

Registration Opens

3:00pm

Explore Atlanta

5:30pm

Cocktail Reception

6:30pm

Opening Keynote

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

7:30pm

Dinner Reception

7:15am

Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up

8:00am

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

8:50am

Roundtables

10:25am

Net Zero Energy Education

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

11:15am

Roundtables

12:45pm

Luncheon

1:45pm

Closing Schools and Repurposing Assets

 

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

2:25pm

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

3:15pm

Roundtables

4:05pm

Safety & Security Enhancements

Kevin Carroll, Executive Director, JeffCo DeAngelis Foundation

4:55pm

Roundtables

6:30pm

Dinner

7:30am

Breakfast

8:00am

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

8:50am

Roundtables

10:25am

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

11:15am

Comprehensive Way to Look at Enrollment to Inform Practices

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

12:00pm

Closing Lunch

1star
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 summits@opalgroup.net
  • 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