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FETC 2021 Request for Proposal

Thank you for your interest in presenting at FETC® 2021.

The Future of Education Technology Conference brings together a collaborative community of educational leaders and technology experts to exchange techniques and empower participants with strategies for teaching and learning success. FETC® invites education technology professionals representing all levels, content areas and specialties, as well as industry and technology experts, to submit an application to present. By sharing your successful practices that transform learning for all students, you can help inspire and encourage other administrators, information technologists, coaches, educators and executives to creatively deploy technologies and expand the possibilities of learning through educational technology.


FETC® attendees represent all 50 states and over 60 countries. Our attendees have varied professional roles in education, but all are educational technology leaders: administrators, IT directors, instructional designers, academic computing professionals, media specialists, technology integration specialists, edtech and instructional coaches, tech-savvy faculty, and others charged with technology implementations on campuses, districts and states.

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FETC Conference Tracks

When submitting an application to present, please identify which of the following tracks best fits your proposal. Our Program Selection Committee will evaluate proposals in all tracks based on their value and relevance. Below is a list of the FETC Conference Tracks and the topics in each track we are currently soliciting applications to present for FETC 2021.

Future of EdTech Administrator:
This track offers sessions dynamically designed for superintendents, assistant superintendents, district administrators, state education leaders, chief academic officers, principals, innovation directors, facilities management directors, finance directors and virtual school leadership.

  • Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain, Facial Recognition and Emerging Technologies
  • Assessment in the Digital Age
  • Cybersecurity & School Safety
  • Data Analytics & Dashboards: Decision Making in the Digital Age
  • Digital Communication & Marketing with Social Media
  • Education Policy & Accountability
  • Equity Issues: Meeting the Needs of All Learners
  • Evaluating Tech Purchases/Programs/ROI
  • Funding Technology: eRate, Purchasing & Partnerships
  • Future Ready Leadership
  • Future Trends Transforming Teaching & Learning
  • Human Relations: Recruit, Retain, Mental Health
  • Instructional Continuity Support Plan (for Emergencies: snow, hurricane, contagion)
  • Leadership in the Digital Age
  • Learning Space Design
  • Legal Issues in Technology Leadership
  • Product Selection & Adoption
  • Professional Development
  • School Board Relations (Contracts & Negotiations)
  • School Culture and Change Management
  • Strategic Implementation & Planning Initiatives

Future of EdTech Coach: 
This track offers sessions for technology coaches, technology integration specialists, instructional technology resource teachers, instructional technology coaches, instructional technology specialists, educational technology coaches, technology integration facilitators, instructional facilitators, instructional technologists, technology resource teachers, technology integration mentors and instructional coaches.
  • Coach teachers in the integration of technology enhanced learning experiences
  • Coaching best practices
  • Communication skills and coaching techniques
  • Conduct needs assessment
  • Cultivate a culture of continuous teacher learning to establish a culture of trust and innovation
  • Current technology trends and teaching strategies
  • Design personalized instructional strategies
  • Develop strategies that support equitable access to tools and resources for all learners
  • Digital citizenship
  • Evaluate digital tools
  • Meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Model the use of differentiated instructional strategies to
  • Provide opportunities for teachers to connect and collaborate
  • Provide time for coaches to work with teachers one-on-one
  • Support data privacy policies
  • Support innovative pedagogical strategies
  • Support teachers in closing the digital divide
  • Women in school leadership roles

Future of EdTech Educator:
This track offers sessions for tech savvy educators, curriculum designers, online educators, technology integration specialists, grant developers, professional development trainers, technology coaches, and pre-service teachers.
  • Assessment Tools
  • Blended, Flipped, Virtual, Online Learning, PBL Strategies
  • Brain Based Strategies & Learning Science
  • Classroom Device Management & Learning Space Design
  • Communication & Video Tools
  • Computer Science (Coding & AI)
  • Data Analysis and Privacy Issues
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Teaching Tools
  • Differentiation, Diversity and Equity
  • eSports
  • Game Based Learning (GBL)
  • Global Collaboration & Connections
  • Instructional Design
  • Grants & Classroom Funding Opportunities
  • MakerEd (3D Printing, Electronics, Robotics, Voice Interfaces)
  • Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship
  • Mobile Learning (iPads, 1:1, BYOD)
  • Personalized Learning
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Social Media
  • Software & Apps: (Adobe, Apple, Google, Microsoft tools)
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Technology Embedded Pedagogy
  • Visual Note Taking
  • Workforce Development and Career Readiness (CTE)

Future of EdTech Assistive Technology:
This focus area attracts visionaries in assistive technology and special education including state and local special education directors, assistant superintendents, student support administrators, counselors, educators, consultants, technologists and assistive technology specialists.
  • Accessibility
  • Apps & Extensions to support students (across multiple platforms)
  • AR/VR/MR in special education
  • Assistive technologies
  • Autism (i.e. communication, social & life skills) tools
  • Behavior data tools
  • Coding, Robotics & eSports for students with disabilities/special needs
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Digital citizenship/literacy
  • Dyslexia tools
  • Executive functioning supports
  • Inclusive practices
  • Inclusive STEM, STEAM & Maker Ed
  • Leadership 
  • Literacy/Reading & Writing tools
  • MTSS
  • Multi-modal tools to promote student voice and choice
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Future of EdTech Information Technology:
This track is designed to meet the training needs of state and district chief information officers, information technology directors, technologists, technology integration specialists, web designers, IT support staff, and network administrators.
  • Campus Safety/Security
  • Cloud Computing Strategies
  • Cybersecurity Awareness
  • Data Ecosystems / Analytics
  • Data Privacy
  • Data Services & Network Tools
  • Digital Content Integration
  • Emerging Technologies: Block Chain, IoT, Facial Recognition, etc.
  • Enterprise Project Management
  • Enterprise Strategic Planning
  • Financial Planning/Forecasting
  • Governance
  • Internet Services & Access
  • Mobile, 1:1, BYOD Rollout & Management
  • Network Security
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Product Selection & Adoption
  • Purchasing & Partnerships
  • Recruiting/Retaining
  • Service Desk Best Practices
  • Staff Development

Future of EdTech Library Media Specialist
This track is offers sessions for library media specialists and it is designed to encourage collaboration, personalization and creation through increased literacy and student-centered learning.
  • Access materials in all formats to strengthen literacy skills
  • Advocate for underrepresented student groups and culturally responsive instructional practices
  • Assess tools and resources to support decision makers in the responsible use of funds
  • Coding, Robotics & Computer Science Skills
  • Collaborating with teachers to build personalized curriculum
  • Coordinate the distribution of school technology equipment
  • Curate digital resources and curriculum tools
  • Deliver instructional materials that reflect current information needs
  • Device Management
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Literacy
  • Education Policies, Privacy, Safety and Security
  • Empower students as creators
  • Ethical use of information
  • Evaluate information technologies and emerging apps
  • Family engagement and school communication
  • Game Based Learning and eSports
  • Information and Media literacy
  • Learning Space Design
  • Learning Science applications
  • MakerEd Space Design
  • Making global connections
  • National trends of popular books, engaging technology programs and student interests
  • Order and maintain quality media materials
  • Oversee television news programs and video production
  • Social Emotional Learning and Mental Health
  • Screen time-health & safety
  • STEM Lab Design
  • Technology skills

Presentation Formats 

FETC is accepting applications for all of the session formats described below. You will be required to select the preferred session type, and then be given the opportunity to indicate alternate session types that you would consider for the proposed presentation.

Keynotes: Keynotes provide an opportunity for all conference attendees to gather together to learn from high-profile speakers who engage attendees on important topics and content that are reflective of the prevailing themes of the conference. These highly regarded professionals are passionate about sharing their expertise with audiences. One hour presentation.

MEGA Sessions: These sessions provide the FETC audience with the most relevant and emerging educational technology topics and most popular speakers. These sessions are held in rooms double the size of concurrent sessions and draw 500 or more attendees. 45 minute sessions.

Concurrent Sessions: FETC Concurrent sessions are 45 minute sessions held in rooms set in theater style for up to 200 attendees. Attendees will have variety of session topics to choose from, presented by experts and innovators who are making a difference across the PK-12 education spectrum. They'll share best practices, innovative ideas, leadership strategies and provide valuable perspectives and solutions to challenging edtech problems.

STEM Theater Presentations: Attendees learn how to implement STEM/STEAM content from education experts and representatives of award-winning schools across the country in these 30-minute sessions in a theater built in the Exhibit Hall. The FETC STEM Excellence Award winners and STEM experts will share their lessons and discuss the best tools and techniques for these innovative programs!

Skill Builders Theater Sessions: These thirty-minute sessions held in mini-theaters help attendees learn a skill to take back to their districts! Attendees participate in 30-minute hands-on demonstration sessions to learn “How To…” skills to take back to their classrooms and use right away!

eSports Theater Sessions: These 30 minute sessions are designed to engage those interested in developing and building a successful eSports program in their schools and districts. Presentations are led by eSports coaches, athletic directors, team members and industry professionals who share insights and developments in the k12 gaming space.

Workshops: FETC workshops are deep dive, hands-on professional learning activities designed to give attendees new skills and strategies in educational technology. Workshops are offered in 2-hour lengths only. They are offered in computer labs (PC laptops, MAC or iPad) or BYOD. Workshops require attendees to pay an additional fee to participate. Workshop presenters are expected to develop effective hands-on activities to ensure the workshop attendee the best professional development opportunity.

Special Events: There are several professional development learning opportunities at FETC that engage attendees in alternative presentations. These include track orientation sessions, certification testing, academies, summits, computer science fire hose, mobile mega share, hack-a-thon, pitch fest, meet the author, sandboxes, new@FETC, school tours and field trips.

Presenter Information


FETC® is pleased to provide a complimentary conference registration to all of the accepted lead presenters (one per session). If you are invited to present, you will be directed to a Presenter Registration Portal. All co-presenters MUST pay a discounted rate for the conference registration at the Co-Presenter Registration Portal.

ALL communications will be sent to the primary email address you will provide in the application. It is important that you provide an email address that you access year-round and does not block FETC® emails. We recommend a personal email and not a school email if you do not control the spam filter.

Information Needed to Complete Application

The information gathered during this process will be used to prepare the agenda, website, signs, and the mobile app. Please be sure that the information you provide is complete and accurate.  The following items are required parts of the application submission form below:

  • Provide an e-mail address without school district SPAM block. It is important that you provide an email address that you access year-round and does not block FETC® emails.  Please use a personal e-mail address for the Presenter.
  • Title of presentation (10 word maximum--may be edited for publication)
  • Session description to be used by the program review committee in evaluating your submission
    (150 word maximum-- may be edited for publication) Description must reflect what attendees will learn from the session.
  • Presenter biography (150 word maximum)
  • High resolution headshot photograph of presenter (3MB max; .jpg, .png, .gif only)
  • Co-presenters details (email address, headshot, bio, title) * Co-presenters can be added later.

Presentation Selection Timeline

Call for Presentations Closes: May 10, 2020
Submission Review Period: May – July, 2020
Invitations to Present Issued: August 2020
FETC 2021: January 26-29, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center

Review and Evaluation Criteria

Each proposal undergoes a process of review and evaluation by the FETC® Program Selection Committee who use the following examination criteria:

  • Interest and engagement of conference attendees
  • Current and/or cutting-edge topic
  • Content of presentation
  • Relevance to conference tracks
  • Research based strategies and methods
  • Implementation possibilities explained

Presenter Responsibilities

Contact Information: Please keep your contact information up-to-date and log in to your Speaker Service Center to get updates on your presentation. All event details and information for presenters are distributed in the Speaker Service Center online at the FETC webpage.

Presentation Equipment: FETC® requires all presenters to supply their own computers, laptop or tablets for their session to present. If using an Apple device or tablet, presenters need to provide the appropriate projector connection (dongle). Standard A/V for every presentation includes: wireless Internet access available, LCD projector, screen, and microphone.

Presentation Materials: Part of effective professional development is providing meaningful presentation materials and online resources that allow the participants to further their learning. It is expected that presenters provide electronic presentation materials, handouts and/or follow-up materials for our event participants.

Social Media Engagement: FETC® expects all presenters to share their presentation notification and experiences about FETC® with their professional networks via social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) FETC® will provide digital badges to place on blogs, websites and electronic media.


Questions About Your Submission? If you have any questions, please contact:
Jennifer Womble, Program Chair, Future of Education Technology Conference




NOTE: With the high volume of submissions we receive, expect to be notified of the status of your submission in August 2020.

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