The Future of Schools Forum

Sponsored by ERDI & EDmarket

In February 2022, EDmarket partnered with the Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI) on the inaugural Future of Schools Forum bringing together education leaders and solution providers to collaboratively discuss, design, and shape the products and services that support PK-12 education and the built environment. The goal of the Future of Schools Forum is to bring talented experts from the education community together to collaboratively learn from and address strategies to improve the education system moving forward. We invite you to join this exclusive group of thought leaders and decision makers!
The Forum Experience

During a Forum experience, district education leaders and solution providers convene for rich professional learning and networking. Participants collaboratively tackle current problems of practice and engage in a wide variety of professional activities to increase understanding and ultimately surface solutions for problems that exist in education.

  • Strengthen and build a best-practice lens through which to lead improvement and transformation efforts
  • Provide opportunities for deep discussion and inquiry around school transformation
  • Collaborate with national thought leaders on problems of practice and solutions to promote and support progress
  • Forge new partnerships and alliances in the field
  • Reflect and build upon individual context to develop a personalized long range plan for transformation
Identified Topics for Exploration
  • Capital Planning
  • Communal Learning Spaces
  • Career & Tech Spaces
  • Community Partnerships
  • Esports
  • Facilities Management
  • Furniture Design & Layout — The Impact on Learning
  • IT and IT Infrastructure
  • Makerspaces
  • Outdoor Learning Spaces
  • Post-occupancy Research
  • Project-Based Learning Spaces
  • Safety & Security
  • Social & Emotional Support Spaces
  • Sustainability & Green Initiatives
  • Tackling Deferred Maintenance

Thursday, February 8, 2024
  • 1:00 PM - Welcome & Introduction
  • 2:00 PM - Preparing Leaders for Transformation - A collaborative event
  • 2:40 PM - Spotlight Solutions
  • 6:00 PM - Welcome Reception
  • 7:00 PM - Dinner (Local Restaturant)
  • 9:00 PM - Optional Social
Friday, February 8, 2024
  • 7:30 AM - Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 AM - R&D Focus Groups (Two sessions: 8:00 to 9:00, 9:15 to 10:15)
  • 11 :30 to 12:30 PM - Luncheon
  • 1 :00 PM - R&D Focus Groups (Two sessions: 1 :00 to 2:00, 2:15 to 3:15)
  • 5:00 PM - Social Hour
  • 6:00 PM - Dinner (Local Restaturant)
  • 8:00 PM - Optional Social
Saturday, February 10, 2024
  • 9:00 AM - Continental Breakfast
  • 9:30 to 10:30 AM - Ed Leader Plenary Session
  • 10:30 to 11 :00 AM - Closing Reflections

"The Forum is an event that creates a sincere relationship with solution providers wanting honest feedback in helping them succeed in the K12 market. I cannot speak enough of the relationships built with participants." — LOUIS MCDONALD, FAUQUIER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, VA.

"In the collaborative ERDI forum, I was able to problem solve with solution providers in a true learning environment, focus on common goals, contribute ideas toward product design, learn of challenges in accessing the K-12 market, and ultimately accelerate the procurement of innovative and learning enhancing products for my district." — MICHAEL TANNER, PARK CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, UT.

"I am so pleased to have attended the Inaugural Future of Schools Forum. The opportunity to engage with solution providers and other educational leaders to discuss, review and collaborate over real ways to support our students to enhance their learning environments. Our students' educational facilities should be built for tomorrow and not yesterday." — MELANIE KOSLOW, MT. DIABLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, CA

From an industry partner point of view, the opportunity to meet, talk to and learn from the decision makers at schools is well worth the time as we don't get the opportunity often enough and we should. The more we know what their problems are the better we can be as a partner to them." — RICHARD HEIN, PALMER HAMILTON

"The Forum was an incredible opportunity to ensure that there is a symbiotic relationship between solution providers and education decision makers and users. The attendees at ERDI have a shared vision, connection and passion for creating opportunities for educators and learners. Speaking to these decision makers helps us refine and research to ensure we are always at the cutting edge of relevant and innovative solutions to progress education." — JOLENE LEVIN, CO-FOUNDER OF NORVANIVEL

"The information on esports was outstanding and very beneficial for not only space organization but also understanding a more in-depth perspective of what is needed to facilitate a top level program at our schools." — KATHY WIESKAMP, LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, NE

"The honest, humble solutions oriented approaches by partners and the continued collaboration was the highlight. I appreciated the discussions with other education leaders about their challenges and the flow of ideas back and forth between education leaders and partners." — FRANK LEAVITT, PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOL, OR

Forum Dates & Location

  • 25-30 Education Leaders with specific, nuanced expertise in the areas of study
  • 1-15 Solution Provider Sponsors
Become a Sponsor
  • Full participation in the Forum for two (2) people
  • Two (2) one hour R&D focus group panels Opportunity to share industry insights and knowledge for public school impact
  • Side-by-side collaboration with district leaders committed to education transformation
  • Thought leadership and cultivation of deep professional relationships
  • Signage and logo display throughout the event
  • A list of all participants with contact information

Cost of Sponsorship: $14,750


The Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI) is the proud convener of district and industry thought leaders who are collectively committed to ensuring that all students have access to the highest quality learning experiences, so that they will be productive, ready stewards of the future.


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