Future of Education Technology Conference Reveals New Session Tracks for 2017 Program

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL- (April 12, 2016) – The National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), one of the largest ed tech events in the U.S., today announced key details of the program for its 37th annual event, taking place January 24 through January 27, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. Among the highlights of FETC 2017 is the introduction of five session tracks, designed to meet the needs of the event’s diverse audience of administrators, IT leaders and educators of all levels responsible for using technology to enhance education at their schools and districts.

“Technology is a powerful tool for transforming learning. It can expand the impact of effective teaching practices, advance collaboration, shrink equity gaps and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners. To be transformative, however, educators need to have the knowledge and skills to take full advantage of technology-rich learning environments,” said Jennifer Womble, program chair of FETC. “At FETC, we provide experts that will walk administrators, IT staff and educators through the power of new technologies, and help them employ the solutions that enhance education. To this end, we have designed targeted tracks to provide the best in professional learning for all stakeholders committed to using technology to improve education.”

To meet the needs of today’s education technology decision makers, LRP, producer of the event, has performed extensive research to better understand current professional learning needs in the field and develop informative and advice-driven content to appeal to senior-level strategists and educators who make technology buying decisions. The conference also sought to develop targeted, strategic content for administrators, superintendents and other high-level PreK-12 education executives as well as CIOs, CTOs and all IT decision makers.

The result of these efforts is the introduction of five distinct tracks, featuring dynamic sessions and workshops designed to train attendees on emerging technologies and creative implementations to enhance learning. The new tracks include:

  • Future of Ed Tech Administrator: With sessions designed for superintendents, assistant superintendents, district administrators, principals, finance directors and more, this track will feature presentations on education policy and the use of technology as a strategic tool for school improvement and transformation.
  • Future of Ed Tech Educator: This track offers sessions for educators, curriculum designers, online educators, technology integration specialists and professional development trainers addressing how technology can expand the learning environment beyond the classroom to engage all learners.
  • Future of Information Technology: Geared toward chief information officers, IT directors, technologists, IT staff and network administrators, this track will examine the technology infrastructure, networks, data administration, security and internet access that support learning environments.
  • Future of Ed Tech Special Education: Focusing on the latest in assistive and instructional technology in special education, with an emphasis on practical and legal best practices for servicing PreK-12 students with disabilities, the sessions are designed for special education directors, superintendents, Section 504 coordinators, educators, consultants and technologists.
  • Future of Ed Tech Early Learning: Developed for preschool directors, curriculum designers, educators, child development researchers and early childhood school administrators, this track will guide attendees on decision making for how and when to incorporate technology into their programs as well as provide product and purchasing information for emerging devices and technology tools for children aged 3-6 years old.

Through these tracks, FETC 2017 will feature more than 400 sessions and workshops focusing on the latest in education technology and exploring current and emerging trends. Led by experts and leaders in education technology, the program will offer unparalleled opportunities to explore the evolving technology solutions and how they can enhance learning and improvement of performance in PreK-12 schools and districts.

“The continued evolution of technology for PreK-12 education has brought new possibilities to the ways schools teach their students and ensure learning success. Our goal is to provide FETC 2017 attendees with the most relevant information and insights on how they can leverage the latest technology advancements to drive continuous improvement for their students,” said Rebecca McKenna, vice president of Global Events and Publisher at LRP. “The introduction of session tracks for the first time in the show’s 36-year history reflects LRP’s drive to truly elevate the event and provide a deeper focus on the professional learning of all attendees to ensure they gain most benefit from the available education technology solutions.”

With the call for proposals for speaking sessions at FETC 2017 now open, education technology professionals representing all levels, content areas and specialties who wish to present at the event are encouraged to submit their proposals by April 30, 2016. Additional details can be found at: http://www.fetc.org/speak.html.

About the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)

The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) annually attracts thousands of education and technology leaders from around the world. Delivering strategies and best practices for student success and schoolwide advancement, FETC is known as one of the nation’s premier education technology events! Recognized for its outstanding program year after year, FETC provides CTOs, CIOs, Innovation Directors, Special Ed/Pupil Services Directors, Early Childhood Directors, Media Specialists, Technologists, Administrators and other Educators, the opportunity to explore the most effective integration of technology across the curriculum — from PreK-12 — through premium sessions, intensive workshops, various concurrent sessions, live demonstrations of several hundred hardware and software products, plus much more.

About LRP Conferences, LLC

LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications, produces more than a dozen professional conferences and trade shows annually including: Campus Technology Conference, Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo, Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), Recruiting Trends Conference, Talent Acquisition Tech Conference, and Women Leaders in Education Conference.

About LRP Publications

LRP Publications, founded in 1977 by Kenneth Kahn, is a broad-based media company serving business and education professionals. Specializing in the fields of education administration, education law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers’ compensation and disability, the company publishes hundreds of books, pamphlets, newsletters, videos and online resources. Additionally, LRP publishes two industry-leading magazines: Human Resources Executive® and Risk & Insurance®, plus delivers top-quality training and professional development with eLearning, conferences and tradeshows including: HR Technology Conference & Exposition®, National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities®, National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo and dozens more. For a complete list of LRP products, eCourses and conferences, please visit www.lrp.com.


Fuel Education’s PEAKTM Named a Finalist in 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards

Open technology platform for grades K–12 recognized in the Best Cross-Curricular Solution category


Herndon, Virginia, April 13, 2016 Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) was named a finalist for its open technology platform PEAK™ in the 2016Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards, the premier awards for the software and information industries. PEAK is a finalist in the Best Cross-Curricular Solution category, which recognizes the best software tools for students, educators, or administrators that can be used in multiple curriculum areas in the PK-12 or postsecondary market.


“Our school and district partners love PEAK because it makes online and blended learning a personal and connected experience for students, teachers, and administrators,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of FuelEd. “Being a CODiE Awards finalist is an honor and a testament to the power of online and blended learning for students when they have the proper tools, content, instruction, and support in place.”


The SIIA CODiE Awards have been recognizing product excellence for 30 years. PEAK was named as one of the 160 finalists across 29 education technology categories. This year’s Education winners will be announced during a special live web announcement on May 18, 2016. The top honor of best overall educational product will be presented at Education Industry Symposium on July 26.


PEAK is FuelEd’s open technology platform that features personalized dashboards with a unified view of each user’s online program metrics, single click access to teacher and learner tools, and an interactive display of student progress and performance. Students can access and view all of their classes, as well as check their progress, their current grade average, recent assignments, and communicate with their teachers. When logging in as a teacher, administrator or mentor, the dashboard shows a snapshot of the entire school’s or district’s online program or courses. Users can see which students need attention, determine how many are on target and keep track of how they are performing. The platform also highlights data trends by class, student, or groups of students, thus allowing teachers and administrators to make data-driven decisions to benefit each individual student.


Further, PEAK Library, the platform’s course customization tool, empowers teachers to differentiate instruction and improve student outcomes. FuelEd has integrated highly recognized and respected education content providers such as Khan Academy® and YouTube® Education into the PEAK Library. Teachers can use content from these third-party providers, FuelEd™ content, or teacher-authored content to quickly develop or customize assessments, lessons, or courses through a single, easy-to-use interface. In addition, PEAK enables teachers to conduct graded activities and to track student progress and engagement with the customized content, regardless of the source of the content.


“Every year the list of CODIE finalists is a case study of how the ed tech industry is using new technologies in combination with knowledge about how people learn to respond to customer needs. They’re opening doors for learners of all ages.” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN.


PEAK received the eSchool News 2014–2015 Readers’ Choice Award—an honor given to 50 of the best programs and services in educational technology as chosen by the publication’s readers each year.


To learn more about the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards, visit www.siia.net/codie/About-the-Awards. To learn more about PEAK, visitgetfueled.com/peak.


About SIIA

SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company.  This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.


About ETIN

ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit siia.net/etin.


About Fuel Education

Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of K-12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.


©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education, FuelEd, and PEAK are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Scenario Learning Releases Training Management System for “Exceptional Child”
Professional development solution allows administrators to conveniently administer and track special education training online
Cincinnati, Ohio (April 13, 2016) — More than 60 percent of students ages 6 through 21 served under IDEA, Part B, are educated in general education classrooms 80 percent or more of the day, according to the U.S. Department of Education. The importance of preparing all school staff — not just special education teachers — with effective special education training is critical to the success of these students. To assist district administrators in managing professional development in this area, Scenario Learning announces the addition of a new training management system to its Exceptional Child Online Professional Development System.
The new training management system in Exceptional Child allows district administrators to easily assign courses to school staff individually or to groups of staff, such as paraprofessionals, principals, elementary teachers or secondary teachers. The system also tracks training completions and allows for course customization, helping administrators easy and efficiently manage professional development for a single school or across an entire organization.
To read the full release visit here.