CoSN’s Board of Directors has approved moving CoSN2021 to an entirely virtual conference in 2021. Originally scheduled as a face-to-face event March 1-4 in Austin, TX, the conference dates will shift to March 2-4, 2021. Base registration rates for CoSN members are 40% less than base registration fees would have been for a face-to-face event. Additionally, the new registration rates are tiered by school system size to allow the entire edtech team members to attend. CoSN member school systems range from small (under 2,500) to medium size (2,501) to large (10,001-50,000). Any district with more than 50,000 student is mega-large. As an example, a small district paying what is the equivalent price of two registrations, the new registration structure allows them to send an unlimited number of others 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 as always. We are excited about the opportunity to explore new ways to delivering that content in a virtual setting. Innovative delivery and networking experiences are first and foremost a key part of our conference strategy,” said Steve Langford, Conference Co-Chair and incoming Chair of CoSN’s Board of Directors. CIO 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 CTO Wake County Public Schools (NC)
“It is our hope that with the reduced pricing and elimination of any travel costs, school systems who have not had the funds to attend past conference can take advantage of the opportunity to access up-to-the-minute content and networking opportunities. We are excited to be able to explore new opportunities to deliver content, but also to make those member-to-member connections happen!”, said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger.
Plans for CoSN2022 remain as a face-to-face conference in Nashville, TN with a return to Austin, TX in 2023.
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