K-12 Leadership Retreat 2021

K-12 Contributing Member Meeting

Please review our COVID-19 safety information. We will continue to update as we get closer to the meeting.


Hotel & Travel

The K-12 Retreat will be held at the:

Magnolia Hotel Denver, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
818 17th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
For room reservations, please check availability at the Magnolia Hotel Denver.


All 1EdTech district and state Contributing Members are invited to participate in a two-day institutional leadership retreat at the Magnolia Hotel in Denver.

In our first opportunity to get together in quite some time, we're organizing several collaborative workshops and other activities to accelerate progress on key initiatives like Standards First, Compatibility Check, and TrustEd Apps.

Team participation is encouraged. All participants from your organization are required to register in advance.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

Important: Meeting space for the K-12 Leadership Retreat is limited, so register early!

  • Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis (once payment is received) until capacity has been reached.

  • Registration is limited to 1EdTech Contributing Member districts, states, and K-12 Retreat sponsors.

  • Registration is free for each organization's Leadership Board or primary representative and $275 for each additional participant.

  • Registrations received or left unpaid after Monday, 18 October, are assessed a $50 late fee.

  • Online registration closes on—or before if capacity is reached—Monday, 1 November. There is no onsite registration.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received on or before 18 October 2021 are eligible for a full refund, less any credit card processing fees. No refunds are issued after this date.

  • You can transfer your registration to another person at any time.




If you have any questions about the K-12 Leadership Retreat, contact Karen Daughtery at


Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your leadership in supporting the K-12 community and engage with district and state leaders at the November K-12 Leadership Retreat! See all sponsorship benefits and pricing.

Current sponsors include:

CatchOn logoD2L logoIdentity Automation logoInfinite Campus logoInstructure logoMicrosoft logoPowerSchool logoSAFARI Montage logo



Session rooms/locations are noted in parentheses.

Wednesday, 10 November

1:00–3:00 PM: Check-in and Registration (Foyer of the 17th by Magnolia Ballroom)

3:00–5:00 PM: Opening Session (17th by Magnolia)

  • Powering the New Normal of K-12 Teaching and Learning

    • K-12 Advisory Council will lead discussion and feedback exercises with participants on challenges and opportunities in the evolving educational landscape.

    • Moderated by Marlo Gaddis, Chief Technology Officer, Wake County Public School System

    • Speakers/session leaders: Tricia Kennedy, Executive Director of Instructional Development and Support, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Brianna Creed, Manager of Assessment Operations, Maryland State Department Of Education; Benjamin Brown, Executive Director of Technology, Darlington County School District

6:00–7:00 PM: Opening Reception & Networking (The Magnolia Lounge) sponsored by D2L logoMicrosoft logoPowerSchool logo

7:00–9:00 PM: Dinner & Member Spotlight (17th by Magnolia) sponsored bySAFARI Montage logo

  • Welcome by Tim Beekman, President & Co-Founder, SAFARI Montage and Chair of the 1EdTech Board of Directors

  • Know Your Place: Placemaking, Storytelling, and the Struggle for Human Relevance  

    • Guest Speaker: Noah Geisel, Micro-credentials Program Manager, University of Colorado Boulder    


Thursday, 11 November

8:00–9:00 AM: Networking Breakfast (The Magnolia Lounge) sponsored byInstructure logo

9:00–10:30 AM: Workshop (17th by Magnolia) sponsored byInfinite Campus logo

  • Thriving in K-12 with Greater Digital Equity

    • Speakers share different strategies for designing an ecosystem to support digital equity

    • Moderated by Jeff McCoy, Associate Superintendent for Academics, Greenville County Schools

    • Speakers/session leaders: Daniel Ralyea and Barbara Nesbitt, South Carolina Department of Education; Brian Blanton and Kimberly Jackson, Henry County Schools

10:30 AM–12:00 PM: District and Statewide Workshops

  • District Workshop (17th by Magnolia) sponsored byCatchOn logo

    • Exploring Actionable Data and Learning Analytics

      • Panel discussion and lightning talks spotlighting innovative ways of showing, utilizing, and protecting student data

      • Moderated by Barbara Nesbitt, Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services, School District of Pickens County

      • Eddie Nemec, Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services, Gainesville City Schools; Mike Evans, Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County Schools; Monica Watts, Director of K-12 Engagement, 1EdTech

  • Statewide Workshop (Larimer Meeting Room) sponsored byIdentity Automation logo

    • Elevating Your State's Interoperability

      • In this workshop, statewide members will conceptually map the importance of 1EdTech Learning's interoperability standards. The exercise will help academic leaders understand the role interoperability plays when scaling technology-based statewide initiatives.

      • Moderated by Angela Baker, Knowledge and Resource Manager, Georgia Department of Education and facilitated by Bruce Umpstead and Dan Ralyea

12:00–1:00 PM: Lunch and Roundtables (17th by Magnolia) sponsored by Identity Automation logoPowerSchool logo

  • Working Together: K-12 Peer Collaboration

    • Topics to Include: Actionable Data, Digital Curriculum, Comprehensive Learner Record, Digital Equity, TrustEd Apps and Data Privacy, and more

1:00–2:00 PM: Closing Activity (17th by Magnolia) sponsored by Identity Automation logo

  • Strategizing for Sustainable Success

    • K-12 Advisory Council works with members to create actionable goals for how districts can sustain and elevate their success using 1EdTech.

    • Moderated by Darlene Rankin, Director, Instructional Technology, Katy ISD; Barbara Nesbitt, Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services, School District of Pickens County


Thank You, Sponsors!

CatchOn logoD2L logoIdentity Automation logoInfinite Campus logoInstructure logoMicrosoft logoPowerSchool logoSAFARI Montage logo

COVID-19 Safety Notice

We have no higher priority than providing a safe and healthy venue for the K-12 Leadership Retreat.

All 1EdTech staff attending the Retreat are fully vaccinated. All attendees will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in advance of the Retreat. We ask that any registered attendee experiencing any common COVID symptoms not attend the meeting.

1EdTech continues to monitor the changing landscape involving the CDC guidelines. We will follow the City and County of Denver requirements regarding COVID-19 safety. The Magnolia Hotel Denver, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is part of the Marriott International family of brands. They have shared their Commitment to Clean protocols, outlining what you should expect during your stay in Denver.

Please note that this is a very fluid time as we navigate our new normal. We will continue to post updates as needed.