Edu-Tech Facilities 2023

Hyatt Regency Frisco-Dallas, Dallas, TX
November 5, 2023 - November 7, 2023

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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.

The Summit Experience

Current as of November 1, 2023

2:00 pm


3:00 pm

Tour – STEAM Bus Van ISD

5:30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:30 pm

Opening Keynote

Presented by

Matthew Gutierrez, PhD, Chief of Schools, Leander Independent School District

7:30 pm

Dinner Reception

7:15 am

Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up

8:00 am

Panel: Maintaining Staff Motivation and Engagement During Challenging Times


Darren Daniel, Deputy Superintendent, Murrieta Valley Unified School District

Lisa Gonzales, Executive Director of Operations & Finance, Marysville School District No. 25

8:50 am

Roundtables & Refreshments

10:10 am

Engaging Your Community to Support Facility Upgrades

Presented by

Cindy Detchon, Assistant Superintendent - Operations, North Clackamas School District

Rob Martinez, Facilities Director, North Clackamas School District

10:40 am

Education Specifications to Support Facility Parity in Growing Districts

Presented by

Duana Brashear, Assistant Superintendent of Leadership and Learning, Royal Independent School District

Meredith Watassek, Senior Associate, Planner, Stantec

11:30 am


12:45 pm


1:45 pm

Panel: Repurposing Underutilized Spaces and Buildings


Jon Barth, Director of Facilities Management and Transportation, Farmington Public School District

Darrell Dodds, Chief Financial Officer, Garland Independent School District

Kia Saint-Louis, Architectural Designer, CannonDesign

2:40 pm

Roundtables & Refreshments

4:00 pm

Owner’s and Master Specs and Design Guidelines

Presented by

Holly Jordan, Director of Specifications, Associate Principal, Perkins & Will

4:35 pm

Panel: Addressing Aging Facilities and Maintenance Needs


Curt Hartog, Executive Director, Capital Planning, Construction & Maintenance, Minneapolis Public Schools

Oz Hill, Chief Operating Officer, School District of Philadelphia


Ross Whittier, Vice President – Education | Facilities, Aramark

5:25 pm

Cocktail Reception

7:00 pm

Networking Dinner

8:00 am


8:30 am

How Mansfield ISD Saved Over $19 Million Through Sustainable Products and Programs

Presented by

Kelly Campbell, Energy Conservation Program Manager, Mansfield Independent School District

Cris Muñoz, Energy Conservation Specialist, Mansfield Independent School District

9:05 am

Roundtables & Refreshments

10:25 am

Designing and Managing Playgrounds for Student Success

Presented by

Steven Alves, Executive Director of Maintenance and Facilities, Del Valle Independent School District

11:00 am

Brainstorm Session:

Extending the Life of Your Facilities

11:45 am

Closing Lunch

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Hyatt Regency Frisco-Dallas
2615 Preston Rd, Frisco, TX

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.

  • Preparing Educational Facilities for Learning
  • How Our Approach to Covid has Reshaped Classrooms
  • High Performance Building Criteria
  • Progressive Design Build
  • Securing a Bond Program
  • Design Pitfalls and the Impact on Student Performance & Teacher Wellness
  • Effective Collaboration Tactics for Complex Projects
  • And more to be announced!
  • 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 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