2024 West CIO Congress

Loews Coronado Bay, San Diego, CA
September 22nd
- 24th
2024

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About The Program

The RTM 2024 West CIO Congress is a premier gathering of K-12 technology leaders, uniting around 75 Chief Information Officers, Assistant Superintendents, and Technology Directors from across the nation. Held from September 22nd to 24th, this event focuses on the theme ‘Bridging the Gap: Innovations, Equity, and Sustainability in K-12 Education.’ Our congress addresses critical challenges and opportunities in technology leadership, covering topics such as digital equity, AI, online student safety, emergency management, budgeting, and talent recruitment in educational technology.

Join us for actionable strategies and collaborative discussions to tackle these pressing challenges and the most current issues facing K-12 technology leaders today. Together, we’ll navigate complexities and shape the future of technology integration in education. Don’t miss this transformative opportunity to engage with fellow leaders and drive impactful change.

Topics Of Discussion

We have two sides of the house. Educators, who shoulder the responsibility of shepherding students through the learning process. Preparing them for the challenges that lie ahead. The other side, Information Technology Professionals; Innovators who wield technological tools like a double-edged sword seeking to engage and empower young minds to use these advancements to climb higher and higher. Let’s meet in the middle!! Let’s work together to normalize the impossible.

As artificial intelligence platforms increase in number, specialization, and authenticity, educators need to have a game plan to proactively respond to the changing landscape of educational opportunities. This presentation will explore how to achieve effective AI policies and practices for K12 school districts that are rooted in collaboration, consensus, and clarity

The roundtable discussion will discuss the differences and similarities of various classroom management solutions (i.e. Go Guardian, Securly, Lightspeed, LanSchool, Schoology, etc.). What issues arise due to students constantly looking for ways around these programs? What additional measures can be put in place to keep students on task and remove any options for students to find ways to deviate from classroom instruction? How can we equip teachers and building admin to resolve these discipline issues before sending requests to the IT department to block every website? 

This workshop is designed to equip educational leaders with practical strategies and insights for fostering inclusive environments and resilient workforces. Participants will explore the principles of intersectional leadership, equity-based hiring and retention practices, and the significance of representation in improving educational outcomes. Through interactive discussions attendees will learn how to create a more inclusive and supportive culture within their organizations.

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87.17% 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.

Dr. David Smith
Chief Technology Officer,
Tustin Unified School District (CA)

Past and Present Speakers

Joe Ayala
Director of Technology,
Santa Clara Unified School District
Chris Bailey
Technology Director,
Edmonds School District
Cody Fernandez
Executive Director of Secondary Multilingual Education,
Austin ISD
Enid Flynn
Director of Assessment and Instructional Technology,
Richland School District
Jun Kim
Director of Technology,
Moore Public Schools
Gil Mara
Chief EdTech & Information Services Officer,
Torrance Unified School District
Jimmy Martin
Assistant Superintendent of Alternative Education, CareerTech, Child Nutrition & Federal Programs,
Moore Public Schools
Lauren McIntyre
Director of Instructional Technology,
Amphitheater Public Schools
James Miller
Director of Computer Network Services,
Lake Oswego SD 7J (Oregon)

The Schedule

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Event Registration

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm

Opening Keynote

1:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

3:35 pm - 5:45 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings/Roundtable Discussions/Workshops

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception & Dinner

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Morning Keynote/Panel Session

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning Refreshments & Networking

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Workshops/Roundtable Discussions

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Luncheon

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Roundtables/Business Meetings/Workshops

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Closing Day Keynote

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Free Time

6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Networking Reception & Dinner

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Morning Refreshments & Networking

8:20 am - 9:05 am

Workshops/Roundtable Discussions

9:10 am - 9:55 am

Brunch

10:05 am - 11:05 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Closing Keynote

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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

Eileen Belastock
CEO, Belastock Consulting LLC (MA)

We so often work in silos and struggle to connect with colleagues in a productive and safe environment. This event brings together thought leaders from across the country to share, learn and collaborate with a clear focus on students!

Bob Blalock
Technology Coordinator, Houston County School District (AL)

The best conference one can attend. It is excellent content, scheduling and location.

Susan Gaboriau
Program Manager of Technology Integration, Putnam County School District (FL)

RTM always puts on a great conference! Every detail is well thought out and planned. The presenters are very knowledgeable and share great information as well as resources! Many opportunities exist to network and share ideas with other district leaders nationwide! If you can only attend one conference in the school year, this is the one to attend!

Danielle Williams-McGee
Director of Management & Information Systems, Columbus Municipal School District (MS)

My experience with RTM has been an absolutely life changing experience as an IT Director in the K12 arena. I've attended many conferences as both a presenter, organizer, and/or attendee and I believe the model that RTM uses allows for a more intimate/cozy space, allowing attendees to not feel overwhelmed or overstimulated by the extremely large crowds. This also offers a better environment for networking and learning about the real-world issues that many of us are facing and what some of those solutions are that other districts may be using to resolve them.

Terence O'leary
Chief Operating Officer, St. Lucie Public Schools (FL)

I am delighted to share my experience with RTM, which has been nothing short of exceptional. As a company, RTM has consistently demonstrated professionalism, expertise, and a genuine commitment to customer satisfaction.

Attending RTM events has been a truly rewarding experience, and I wholeheartedly recommend these events to anyone seeking top-notch learning. Thank you, RTM, for your commitment to excellence and for exceeding my expectations every step of the way.

Delegate Testimonials

Eileen Belastock
CEO, Belastock Consulting LLC (MA)

We so often work in silos and struggle to connect with colleagues in a productive and safe environment. This event brings together thought leaders from across the country to share, learn and collaborate with a clear focus on students!

Bob Blalock
Technology Coordinator, Houston County School District (AL)

The best conference one can attend. It is excellent content, scheduling and location.

Susan Gaboriau
Program Manager of Technology Integration, Putnam County School District (FL)

RTM always puts on a great conference! Every detail is well thought out and planned. The presenters are very knowledgeable and share great information as well as resources! Many opportunities exist to network and share ideas with other district leaders nationwide! If you can only attend one conference in the school year, this is the one to attend!

Danielle Williams-McGee
Director of Management & Information Systems, Columbus Municipal School District (MS)

My experience with RTM has been an absolutely life changing experience as an IT Director in the K12 arena. I've attended many conferences as both a presenter, organizer, and/or attendee and I believe the model that RTM uses allows for a more intimate/cozy space, allowing attendees to not feel overwhelmed or overstimulated by the extremely large crowds. This also offers a better environment for networking and learning about the real-world issues that many of us are facing and what some of those solutions are that other districts may be using to resolve them.

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