2024 East CIO Congress

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®, Orlando, FL
February 18th
- 20th

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About The Program

Join us at the East CIO Congress, a premier professional development event tailored specifically for K-12 technology leaders. This year’s theme, ‘Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Empowering K-12 Districts to Achieve More with Less,’ sets the tone for an engaging experience. Over the course of two and a half days, we’ll explore today’s hottest topics, from cybersecurity and AI in the classroom to navigating the intricacies of 1:1 devices. This event offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the forefront of technology, foster collaboration, and exchange knowledge with fellow K-12 tech professionals.

Topics Of Discussion

Fulton County Schools CIO, Dr. Emily Bell, will describe how leveraging existing platforms pivoted the district to pandemic and post pandemic success. The session will emphasize data dashboard development, curriculum content management, data standards, and the district’s emerging AI strategy. 

Discover the future of school district management in “AI in Action: Transforming School District Operations,” led by Dr. Joe Phillips. This session is a thrilling journey into how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing areas like IT, safety and security, food service, transportation, facilities, and more. Dr. Phillips will demonstrate how AI is not just an add-on but a game-changer, overhauling traditional methods for unmatched efficiency and effectiveness. However, navigating this new terrain comes with its challenges. He will also address potential pitfalls and ‘land mines’ to avoid, providing essential strategies for successfully integrating AI while mitigating risks.

Ginger Jackson, CTO for Cleveland County Schools NC, will spotlight K-12 tech integration, emphasizing financial sustainability. She’ll share her district’s strategic device purchasing/selling approach, sparking discussion on strategies in education, within a 45-minute session. This event will explore how technology bolsters education while nurturing a sustainable purchasing plan.

In this session, led by Dr. Melanie Hutchinson, Director of Instructional Technology at Lee’s Summit School District, you’ll dive into the world of EdTech and its transformative role in online education. Discover innovative strategies to build meaningful connections with students in virtual classrooms. Explore a range of tech tools that empower educators to engage students on familiar platforms, allowing them to tell their stories and connect authentically. Learn how to form success teams that rally stakeholders to support students effectively, ensuring their success in the digital realm. Join us to revolutionize your online teaching approach and create a lasting educational impact.

Artificial Intelligence has quickly become one of the most talked about topics in education! With the benefits of AI come some challenges and fears. This session is meant to solicit feedback from districts around the topic of AI and how it is being used. The session will also include an AI playground where prompts and tools will be shared to help increase district office efficiency! Bring your laptop and get ready to explore some of the best AI tools leaders can use to increase productivity and return time to our very busy days!

Overall Experience
RTM Staff Rating
Value of time OOO

81.39% of delegates said this is the best event they’ve attended all year

Keynote Speakers

A dynamic roster of keynote speakers drives innovation at our congress events. Discover thought leaders and game-changers whose invaluable insights foster growth and excellence in each of our delegates.

Jeff McCoy
Associate Superintendent of Academics,
Greenville County Schools
Allison Reid
Senior Director, Digital Learning & Libraries,
Wake County Public School System
Phil Hintz
Chief Technology Officer,
Niles Township High School District 219
Dr. Sheryl Abshire
Former Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Emily Bell
Fulton County Schools


Dwayne Alton
Lee County School District
Dr. Zach Conrad
Executive Director of TIS & DERA,
Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
Dr. Melanie Hutchinson
Director of Instructional Technology and Secondary Online Learning,
Lee's Summit R-VII School District
Ginger Jackson
Chief Technology Officer,
Cleveland County Schools
Laura Nylen
Director of Digital Learning and STEM Integration,
Indian Prairie School District 204
Dr. Joe Phillips
Broward County Public Schools
Dr. Thomas Rivers
Chief Technology & Innovation Officer,
Lexington County School District One

The Schedule

10:00 am - 6:30 pm

Event Registration

12:05 pm - 1:05 pm

Opening Keynote

1:30 pm - 2:35 pm

Business Meetings

2:35 pm - 2:50 pm

Afternoon Refreshments and Networking

2:50 pm - 3:55 pm

Business Meetings/Strategy Sessions

4:05 pm - 4:50 pm


5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Roundtable Discussions

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception and Dinner

7:15 am - 7:55 am

Networking Breakfast

8:05 am - 8:50 am

Opening Keynote Session

9:05 am - 10:10 am

Business Meetings/Strategy Sessions

10:10 am - 10:25 am

Morning Refreshments and Networking

10:25 am - 11:30 am

Business Meetings/Strategy Sessions

11:40 am - 12:25 pm


12:30 pm - 1:25 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm


2:30 pm - 3:35 pm

Business Meetings

3:35 pm - 3:50 pm

Afternoon Refreshments and Networking

3:50 pm - 4:55 pm

Business Meetings

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Leadership Talk

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Free Time

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Networking Dinner and Drinks

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Morning Refreshments and Networking

8:20 am - 9:05 am


10:05 am - 11:05 am

Free Time

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Closing Panel Discussion

Our Commitments to You

Maximized Networking Opportunities

Cultivate meaningful relationships with peers and thought leaders via networking opportunities and functions, strategically designed and planned by our team ahead of the event.

A personal, customized itinerary

Participants customize their schedule by selecting from various sessions, tracks and private meetings that align specifically with their business needs and goals.

Exclusive qualified attendance

In order to facilitate the most optimal networking and meeting opportunities, participation is invitation only and strictly limited to Senior Level Administrators & Executives.

return on time and objective

Your time and the objectives you have set are our top priority. We strive to facilitate the right meetings and introductions to ensure your time with us is being justified with real value.

Delegate Testimonials

Director of Technology
Edmonds School District, WA

RTM continues to be a special conference that connects me with peers throughout the country, challenges me to think in new ways, and connects me with potential partners that often meet my needs really well. The RTM team is responsive and supportive, and the partnerships with vendors are invaluable - whether we leverage them or not. As long as the invite keeps coming, I will continue to attend

Director of Innovation & Technology
Avon Grove School District, PA

RTM delivers an inspiring, impeccably run, thought-provoking event through a variety of learning formats that inspires leaders to collaborate and innovate to promote student success. The CIO conference was unlike any technology learning experience I have attended.

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