Edu-Tech Facilities 2024

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, Orlando, FL
February 25, 2024 - February 27, 2024

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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 February 22, 2024

3:00 pm


5:30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:30 pm

Leadership in Chaos… How to Lead When There Is No Manual

Presented by

Amber Teamann, Executive Director of Technology and Innovation, Crandall Independent School District

7:30 pm

Dinner Reception

7:15 am

Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up

8:00 am

Implications for Facilities in a Post-Covid Environment

Presented by

John Shea, Chief Executive Officer, Division of School Facilities, New York City Department of Education

8:50 am

Roundtables & Refreshments

9:30 am

Roundtables & Refreshments

10:10 am

Plan for Aging Buildings

Presented by

Steve Warshaw, CEO, Intellis

10:40 am

How Internships Can Bolster Your Talent Pipeline

Presented by

Jacinta Hughes, Director of Transportation, Baltimore City Public Schools

Tasha Merritte, Director of Operations, Baltimore City Public Schools

Dr. Lynette Washington, Chief Operating Officer, Baltimore City Public Schools

11:30 am


12:10 pm


12:45 pm


1:45 pm

Using Data and Technology to Transform Custodial and Facilities Operations

Presented by

Robert Christlieb, Executive Director of Facilities, Operations & Maintenance, Chicago Public Schools

Eric Graham, Co-Founder & CEO, CrowdComfort

2:35 pm

Roundtables & Refreshments

3:15 pm

Roundtables & Refreshments

3:55 pm

K12 Security Infrastructure – Considerations and Implementation

Presented by

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

4:25 pm

The Use of Technology to Manage Educational Facilities and Emerging Challenges to School Districts

Presented by

Chris Akagbosu, Director of Facility Planning and Real Estate Department, Broward County Public Schools

5:15 pm

Cocktail Reception

7:00 pm

Networking Dinner

8:00 am


8:30 am

Vendor Diversity for Progressive Design Build

Presented by

Morris Aldridge, Executive Director of Planning & Construction, Tacoma Public Schools

Rachael Pease, Vendor Diversity and Development Director, BNBuilders

9:05 am

Roundtables & Refreshments

9:45 am

Roundtables & Refreshments

10:25 am

Managing Workforce Shortages in Construction

Presented by

Jason D. Lembke, NCARB, Senior K-12 Education Leader | Principal, DLR Group

Colon Moore, Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Operations, Union County Public Schools

11:00 am

Developing Long-Term Capital Planning Process

Presented by

Rory Salimbene, Chief Facilities Officer, Orange County Public Schools

11:45 am

Closing Lunch

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida, USA

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