Will Offer Interactive Breakout Sessions, Networking Opportunities and Innovative Keynote Speakers for Lower Cost to Encourage Team Participation.
CoSN has announced that its Board of Directors approved shifting the organization’s 2021 Conference, originally scheduled as an in-person event March 1-4 in Austin, TX, to an all-virtual format from March 2-4, 2021.
CoSN2021 registration rates for members will be tiered by school system size to encourage broader participation and start 40 percent lower than the standard cost for the annual in-person Conference. CoSN member school systems range in size and are categorized as: small – under 2,500 students; medium – 2,501-10,000 students; large – 10,001-50,000 students; and mega-large – 50,000+ students.
For example, the new registration structure will allow a small district that would typically pay for two registrations to send an unlimited number of other guests for no additional cost. Similarly, a mega-large district can now send their entire district technology leadership team for the equivalent cost of ten registrations.
“CoSN’s Board of Directors and Conference Co-Chairs are committed to delivering the same high-quality content that Conference attendees are accustomed to. We look forward to exploring new and innovative ways to provide this content in an all-virtual setting in 2021. Creating unique networking opportunities is a critical component of our strategy,” said Steve Langford, Conference Co-Chair, incoming Chair of CoSN’s Board of Directors and Chief Information Officer, Beaverton School District (OR).
“In a time when funding for professional learning is low or is being cut, CoSN’s new pricing structure will allow districts to get more for their money and have a greater reach. I hope that many school systems will take advantage of the opportunity to offer this outstanding professional development opportunity beyond their CTO to the leadership teams,” said Marlo Gaddis, CETL, Conference Co-Chair, Secretary of CoSN’s Board of Directors and Chief Technology Officer, Wake County Public Schools (NC).
“It is our hope that with reduced pricing and the elimination of travel costs, school districts that have not had the funds available to attend the CoSN Conference in the past can partake in this year’s up-to-the-minute interactive sessions and networking opportunities. We are excited to delve further into virtual content-delivery options that ensure member-to-member connections happen online!” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger.
Details for CoSN2021 can be found at cosnconference.org.
CoSN2022 remains scheduled as an in-person Conference in Nashville, TN. CoSN plans to return to Austin, TX for the 2023 annual Conference.
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org