October 2019 Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in Chicago, Illinois

Skyline view of Chicago
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At the October 2019 Tech & Learning Leadership Summit, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to and share about the many ways districts are personalizing learning through innovative tech and curriculum.


Friday, October 4

12:00 Arrivals and Event Registration

2:00-4:00  Off-Site Visit: Argonne National Laboratory 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, viewed from high above

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where thousands of scientists and engineers work together to answer the biggest questions facing humanity, from how to obtain affordable clean energy to protecting ourselves and our environment. During their time at Argonne, Leadership Summit attendees will tour one of Argonne’s world-leading scientific research facilities and engage in a discussion about workforce development for the next generation of science, innovation and technology leaders.  

5:00-6:00 pm:  Welcome Reception 

6:15 - 8:00 pm:  Dinner and Introductions 

Saturday, October 5

7:30 - 8:15 am:  Breakfast 

8:15 – 9:15 General Session: What does personalized learning look like?
Meet an innovative panel of school leaders who are personalizing learning in their classrooms and communities. 

9:20 - 10:20 am: Small group discussion: How are you personalizing learning in your districts? 

Attendees break into small groups to discuss the teaching and learning models they use in their districts model to personalize learning for students.  

10:30 am - 12:20 pm: Working Groups and Sponsor meetings

Working groups will meet during this time period – along with one-on-one/small group meetings with sponsors and informal discussions with colleagues (“anything goes”). During the course of the day, each attendee will participate in two working groups on topics of their choosing, as well as a number of smaller meetings and discussions.

12:30 - 1:30 pm: Lunch & Playground 

Network with colleagues while you enjoy lunch in our “playground” area, where attendees can try some of the latest edtech tools from our sponsors.

1:40 – 3:30 pm:  Working Groups and Sponsor meetings

3:40 – 4:30 pm: Lessons Learned 

The final session will be an opportunity to identify specific takeaways attendees will put into place in their districts. These will be included in a follow-up report to be published in Tech & Learning magazine.

6:00 - 8:30 pm: Closing Dinner


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Tech & Learning Leadership Summits are attended by a select group of K-12 technology and instructional professionals from districts across the country who understand and benefit from timely and relevant executive-level news about the successes and challenges of edtech.


Presenting timely and relevant content from the most authoritative speakers and advisors, along with unmatched networking opportunities, the two-day events are comprised of lively panel discussions and roundtables, one-on-one meetings, and networking-focused social activities.

Speakers and discussions will focus on K-12 leadership for tomorrow’s schools and the impact of emerging technologies such as mobile and cloud computing, immersive and virtual environments, and more. Each Summit will use a combination of presentations and working sessions to focus on challenges and success stories related to technology-supported educational transformation.

Thanks to our sponsors!



ClassLink provides students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources. ClassLink OneClick(r) includes a library of over 5,000 single sign-on apps and instant links to file folders at school and on Google, Office 365, and Dropbox cloud drives. ClassLink Roster Server securely delivers class rosters to any publisher using open technology standards. ClassLink Analytics gives decision makers the usage data they need. Accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone, ClassLink is ideal for 1to1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives.  


Specifically created for K-12, Gaggle’s Safe Classroom Learning Management System features built-in processes and classroom workflows designed to promote educator and student productivity. For schools using Google Apps for Education or Office 365, Gaggle Safety Management elevates those products into full-featured learning platforms while enhancing their compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The company also offers an affordable archiving and records retention solution that integrates with any leading email or communication platform.  

Lightspeed Systems

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Lightspeed Systems is an edtech industry veteran offering Relay, an AI-powered cloud filtering, monitoring and safety solution for K-12. With an advanced AI database and support for every operating system, Relay keeps inappropriate content at bay. Relay also provides schools drill-down reporting with detailed, actionable insights. With immediate alerts of suspicious activity, Relay helps schools to help students at risk of suicide, self-harm and other violence. Relay integrates with Mobile Manager MDM software and classroom management solution, Classroom.  


Howard Technology Solutions  

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Howard Technology Solutions offers over 250,000 brand name technology products, including distance learning, interactive classroom solutions and network security tools. From end-to-end planning, design, and implementation of storage and backup solutions to robust email archiving systems that preserve file integrity and safeguard data, its professional services team has both the technical expertise and experience required to meet your network needs.  



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Casio’s portfolio of LampFree® projectors for education combines a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED light to deliver a mercury-free hybrid light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours while sustaining a high brightness and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.  Casio also provides the free all-in-one web-based math software ClassPad.net as well as a wide variety of scientific and graphing calculators for education.