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FETC 2023 Request for Proposal

Thank you for your interest in presenting at FETC® 2023.

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, leading 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.

Audience

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

K-12 school systems continue to navigate redesigning education models since the pandemic disruption; hybrid instructional models, competency based grading, flexible schedules, personalized learning platforms, communication methods and cybersecurity protocols are evolving from reactionary solutions to strategic offerings. This transformation to the core instructional fabric is forcing changes to operational support, culture, expectations, professional development, pedagogy, infrastructure, community demands, resources and integrating technology. It is through this new and exciting lens that FETC will select content to share with all tracks in 2023.
 

FETC 2023 will provide an opportunity to discover how districts and schools are working post pandemic with skill training for new instructional practices and an exploration of future education implications. FETC is seeking submissions on new and emerging technologies. Converging technologies such as web 3.0, metaverse, 5G, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, 3D Printing, blockchain, simulation software, and new collaboration tools that are providing ways to reimagine how people learn—which, in many ways, can be superior to the traditional physical model.
 

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 2023.


Future of EdTech Administrator:
FETC will provide administrators with professional development focused on operational strategies during live and virtual learning management alongside introductions to new and emerging technologies. 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, Metaverse, Web 3.0 and Emerging Technologies
  • Assessment in the Digital Age: Competency Based Learning
  • Big Data Privacy Concerns
  • Budget redesign and Resource Allocation 
  • Building leadership pipelines in districts
  • Cybersecurity & School Safety
  • Data Analytics & Dashboards: Decision Making in the Digital Age
  • Digital Citizenship Programs for staff, parents and students
  • Digital Communication & Marketing with Social Media
  • Education Policy & Accountability
  • Equity Issues: Solving the Problem with district, government and corporate partnerships
  • Evaluating Tech Purchases/Programs/ROI
  • Equitable distribution of Assistive Technologies
  • Equity and Diversity Issues: Solving the Problem with district, government and corporate partners
  • 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: Building Technology Teams
  • Learning Space Design
  • Leading Organizational Change (Culture, Expectations, Oversight)
  • Legal Issues in Technology Leadership
  • Mental Health and Wellness needs of students and faculty
  • Moving Processes/Procedures (paper based to online/automated processes)
  • New Ways to Celebrate in Education- hosting recognitions in a remote setting
  • Preparing for TeleHealth, Mental Health needs of students and faculty
  • Technology Product Selection & Adoption
  • Professional Development
  • Reinventing Solutions for Inequity (devices, internet, services)
  • School Board Relations (Contracts & Negotiations)
  • School Culture and Change Management
  • Serving Communities in Crisis
  • Special Education Data Collection and Dashboards for Reporting
  • Strategic Implementation & Planning Initiatives
  • Technology Product(s) Selection, Adoption, Distribution & Maintenance
  • Updates to 504 and IEP Requirements
  • Video Conferencing: Guidelines for Remote Learning & Communication

Future of EdTech Coach: 

FETC will provide coaches with professional development focused on proven strategies during in person and virtual learning alongside introductions to new and emerging technologies. 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
  • Creating instructional learning videos
  • Cultivate a culture of continuous teacher learning to establish a culture of trust and innovation
  • Current technology trends and teaching strategies
  • Delivering professional development remotely
  • Design personalized instructional strategies
  • Develop strategies that support equitable access to tools and resources for all learners
  • Digital Citizenship Programs for staff, parents and students
  • Evaluate digital tools
  • Hosting effective virtual meetings and training events
  • Instructional delivery (readiness, resources, engagement and accountability)
  • Meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Modeling the use of differentiated instructional strategies 
  • Online delivery of help sessions and one to one assistance
  • Provide opportunities for teachers to connect and collaborate
  • Provide time for coaches to work with teachers one-on-one
  • Providing Support to all teachers and students
  • Strategies for one to one coaching assistance
  • Strategies to deliver professional development both live and online
  • Support data privacy policies
  • Support innovative pedagogical strategies
  • Support teachers in closing the digital divide
  • Women in school leadership roles

Future of EdTech Educator:

FETC will provide educators with professional development focused on best practices during live, virtual, hybrid, blended, flipped or online learning alongside introductions to new and emerging technologies. This track offers sessions for tech using educators, curriculum designers, online educators, technology integration specialists, grant developers, professional development trainers, technology coaches, and pre-service teachers.

  • Accessibility, Inclusivity and Special Education strategies and best practices
  • AR/VR/MR/XR
  • Assessment Tools
  • Assistive technologies to support curriculum
  • Best practices for remote instruction: Lessons Learned
  • Blended, Flipped, Virtual, Online Learning, PBL Strategies
  • Brain Based Strategies & Learning Science
  • Classroom Device Management & Learning Space Design
  • Communication & Video Tools
  • Communication and conferences with parents and community
  • Computer Science (Coding & AI)
  • Creating instructional learning videos
  • Cybersecurity and challenges of student behavior issues 
  • Data Analysis and Privacy Issues
  • Design Thinking
  • Different instruction for special populations
  • Digital Teaching Tools
  • Differentiation, Diversity and Equity
  • Digital Citizenship Programs for staff, parents and students
  • eSports
  • Future Forward Curriculum Design
  • Game Based Learning (GBL)
  • Global Collaboration & Connections
  • Grade level expectations and standards
  • Instructional Design
  • Grants & Classroom Funding Opportunities
  • Maximizing online meeting tools: zoom, google hangouts, facetime, webx, flipgrid, teams, etc.
  • MakerEd (3D Printing, Electronics, Robotics, Voice Interfaces)
  • Maximizing the use of blogs, podcasts and video resource libraries
  • Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship
  • Mobile Learning (iPads, 1:1, BYOD)
  • Online teaching and communication privacy issues
  • Personalized Learning
  • Project Based Learning Strategies (PBL)
  • Social Emotional Learning, Mental Health Issues, Wellness
  • Social Media
  • STEM & STEAM
  • Student creation tools
  • Software & Apps: (Adobe, Apple, Google, Microsoft tools)
  • Supporting Accessibility in Distance Education
  • Teacher Leaders
  • Technology Embedded Pedagogy
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Virtual or remote instruction readiness
  • Visual Note Taking


Future of EdTech Information Technology:

FETC will provide IT Leaders with professional development focused on operational strategies and best practices for in person and remote instruction support. Cybersecurity will continue to be a topic of great interest with this track offering sessions on technical solutions, cyber insurance, policy/procedure and awareness. Finally, we always want to see what is new, exciting or emerging and this track won’t let you down. 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, the Information Technology track won’t disappoint.

  • Campus Safety/Security
  • Changing Support Models for a Hybrid Workforce
  • Cloud Computing Strategies
  • Crisis Management (for all emergencies: cyber, snow, hurricane, contagion
  • Cybersecurity Awareness
  • Data Ecosystems / Analytics
  • Data Privacy
  • Data Services & Network Tools
  • Digital Citizenship Programs for staff, parents and students
  • Digital Content Integration
  • Emerging Technologies: Block Chain, IoT, Facial Recognition, etc.
  • Enterprise Project Management
  • Enterprise Strategic Planning
  • Equity Issues: Solving the Problem with district, government and corporate partnerships
  • Financial Planning/Forecasting
  • Governance
  • Internet Services & Access
  • Leading Organizational Change (Culture, Expectations, Oversight)
  • Leading a remote workforce (communication, oversight, accountability, daily management)
  • Mobile, 1:1, BYOD Rollout & Management
  • Moving from paper-based processes to online and automated processes
  • New Modalities of Delivering Professional Development
  • Network Security
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Product Selection & Adoption
  • Purchasing & Partnerships
  • Recruiting/Retaining/Succession Planning
  • Service Desk Best Practices for supporting both an onsite and remote workforce
  • Staff Development

Future of EdTech Library Media Specialist

FETC will provide library media specialists with professional development focused on best practices during both in person and virtual learning alongside introductions to new and emerging technologies. This track 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
  • Building a culture to support literacy
  • Coding, Robotics & Computer Science Skills
  • Collaborating with teachers to build personalized curriculum
  • Coordinate the distribution of school technology equipment
  • Copyright Guidelines 
  • Curate digital resources and curriculum tools
  • Deliver instructional materials that reflect current information needs
  • Device Management
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Digital Literacy
  • Distribution and management of library resources
  • 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
  • Sharing resources with staff during remote learning
  • STEM Lab Design
  • Supporting MakerEd Activities
  • Technology skills


Presentation Formats 

FETC is accepting applications for all of the session formats described below. 

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.

Leadership Round Tables: District, state and school-level leaders will get timely, topical, practical content focused on policy, leadership strategies, technology initiatives, pedagogy, wellness and school management in these sessions lead by nationally recognized district administrators. Attendees at Round Tables can choose the discussions to participate in during one-hour time slots. This format encourages group discussion in a relaxed environment.

Theater Sessions
Information Technology Theater: Designed specifically for the technologist. This theater will focus on LAN, WAN and wireless technologies, cybersecurity infrastructure best practices, G-Suite administration and the leading technologies in monitoring, trending and forecasting. If you are looking for the latest and greatest in core technology infrastructure best practices these are must attend 30-minute sessions to put on your schedule.

Technology Discovery Theater: Designed for the senior level decision-makers in schools and all types of education organizations, this theater showcases the newest technologies to support teaching, learning and administration. Discover innovations in products and services that support and serve education with evolving instructional pedagogy in these 30 minute sessions. Explore emerging education products and learn about how they work through live product demonstrations reinventing the future for education.

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!

Thought Leadership Theater Sessions: These 30-minute sessions held in expo hall theaters help attendees learn new skills and leadership strategies to take back to their districts! Attendees participate in 30-minute sessions to learn future of education design principals and applications to take back to their schools and use right away! Whether working to create an environment to attract and retain excellent staff or designing and delivering an agile, future-proofed digital strategy, attendees will learn tactics to streamline staff workload, guide culture change, manage organizational shifts and encourage robust student engagement with the implementation of technology.

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

Registration

FETC® is pleased to provide a complimentary conference registration to all of the accepted lead presenters (one per session). All co-presenters MUST pay a discounted rate for the conference registration.

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: June 30, 2022
Submission Review Period: June – August, 2022
Invitations to Present Issued: September 2022
FETC 2023: January 23-26, 2023 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. 

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, Instagram, 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, Conference Chair, Future of Education Technology Conference
edtechspeaker@lrp.com
 

Click here to see a .pdf of the entire FETC Application as a Preview

 

 

 

NOTE: With the high volume of submissions we receive, expect to be notified of the status of your submission in September 2022.



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