Top U.S. School District Technology Leaders Demand Better ‘Focus’ with EdTech Companies

EdTech Digest launches ‘Future Focus Forums’ in conjunction with FETC.

By popular demand, EdTech Digest announces the launch of ‘Future Focus Forums’ in conjunction with The National Future of Education Technology® Conference (FETC®), the nation’s largest independent K-12 edtech event transforming the future of learning.

“A group of the nation’s top school district technology leaders approached me to re-boot a past successful service for edtech companies. In essence, it was a long-form product-and- marketing-focused private panel with a structured agenda moderated by seasoned pros, delivering golden-nugget advice,” says Victor Rivero, Editor-in-Chief of EdTech Digest and Executive Producer of the forums. “These uniquely structured panels are a once-in-a- generation opportunity for edtech founders/CEOs, product leads, and marketing leads,” says Rivero.

‘a long-form product-and- marketing-focused private panel with a structured agenda moderated by seasoned pros, delivering golden-nugget advice.’

“Whether you’re an edtech startup or an established company with a new or existing product—you need to be in front of these people,” says Dr. Sheryl Abshire, Future Focus Forums (F3) Program Coordinator and former CTO, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools. Abshire has held various leadership positions for the Consortium for School Networking, on CoSN Board of Directors, Past Chair of the Board and past member of CoSN Executive Committee. Abshire heads up a talented team of 50+ district technology leaders on the F3 Advisory Board.   

Robert Dickson, CIO at Wichita Public Schools, will serve as F3 Senior Advisor. “The future of learning is actually happening right now. We’re creating it. And we invite you to create it with us,” says Dickson, consistently recognized as one of the nation’s top school CIOs and who is responsible for technology initiatives in a district that serves 50,000 students with 94 schools and programs and employs nearly 10,000 professionals. Dickson was an integral part of the pioneering efforts of Eliot Levinson and his BLE Group events, a forerunner and direct influencer to the F3 events.     

“The focus and structure of these meetings were a key reason for the success, growth, and continued expansion for some of the leading products in edtech,” says Michael Flood, F3 Corporate Advisor, former member of CoSN’s Board of Directors, and former GM and SVP at Kajeet, where he led growth from startup mode to $100M+ in revenue serving thousands of school districts, libraries, colleges, universities, and public sector agencies across the US and Canada.

The service sits edtech companies across the table from veteran and working CTOs, CIOs, Directors of Technology, and instruction heads who address product functionality, funding, marketing approaches, current issues and challenges, and other questions at length and in-depth; a customized agenda is established prior to the 2 1/2 hour private panel. Networking lunches and dinner activities are also included. Companies take away a transcript and summarized report on key findings of the panel, and a follow-up meeting provides recommendations moving forward. 

“FETC is thrilled to partner with EdTech Digest’s Future Focus Forums bringing together the nation’s most respected school district leaders with leading edge edtech companies as part of our pre-conference activities,” says Jennifer Womble, Conference Chair, FETC. “Founders/CEOs, and Product and Marketing leads need direct and candid discussions to sift through the most pressing issues and challenges relating to increasing the quality of their solutions for administrators, teachers and students; these unique forums are absolutely vital.”

Future Focus Forums, or F3 events, will be held immediately preceding FETC 2024 in Orlando. Limited availability; by special invitation only. Learn more.

About Future Focus Forums

Future Focus Forums from EdTech Digest bring edtech firms in front of high-level school district technology leaders and are the most effective way to get accurate feedback on new and existing products. At length and in-depth tailor-made panels increase quality of product, ensure marketing resonance—and through structured understanding of current issues and challenges, drive growth and expansion. Learn more.

About EdTech Digest

EdTech Digest is a leading source of cool tools, interviews, and trends showcasing the future of learning. Founded at the onset of the digital shift in education more than a decade ago, the publication and its readers represent a worldwide movement of innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in K-12, higher ed, and workforce learning. Read more.

About the Future of Education Technology® Conference (FETC®)

For almost 50 years, The National Future of Education Technology® Conference has brought together educators, administrators, and technology experts to discuss the latest advancements in education technology. The content presented at FETC® is thoughtfully curated to provide professionals with actionable insights on what technology solutions to implement in their schools and districts. FETC is the comprehensive source for education technology solutions, bringing together the best and brightest in the edtech community for a collaborative and enjoyable exploration of pressing issues, new technologies, and best practices. Register here.


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