The FCIS Convention is an annual event hosted by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) which brings together school administrators and educators throughout the state for informative and inspiring professional development opportunities. This year, the first two days (Nov 3-4) will be geared toward administrators and held in-person at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel. The third and final day (Nov 5) will be geared toward faculty and will be held virtually.
Approaching her sixth consecutive year of involvement with FCIS conventions, Evelyn McCulloch, Director of Educational Technology at i-Tech, can’t overstate her enthusiasm.
“The FCIS Annual Convention is a must-attend event,” says McCulloch. “I love how it showcases the exciting initiatives that each school has in flight through the gatherings and break-out sessions! The event empowers administrators and teachers to share with others to the benefit of the entire FCIS organization of schools across the state. Everyone grows and takes back transformative ideas for their school communities.”
This year, McCulloch, along with Daniel Stockman, President and COO of i-Tech, will lead an hour-long breakout session titled “Designing a Technology Strategic Plan for an Evolving Future”. In this session, which takes place at 10AM on Thursday, November 4, McCulloch and Stockman will share best practices administrators can follow when designing a school technology plan. First, they will explain how to conduct a comprehensive school technology assessment using specific and measurable criteria to identify strengths and areas for growth. Next, they will inform how to use this data to allocate resources optimally, considering both the needs of today and the landscape of tomorrow. Session attendees will glean examples of assessments, view School Technology Strategic Plans, and take back templates and resources to implement with their school.
This is one of over 100 unique sessions offered during the convention on a wide range of topics ranging from “Leading Your School into the Future: Strategies for Effective Change Management” to “Emotional Equity: Empowering All Students to Honor Their Emotions” to “Data Privacy & Security: An Admin Perspective on Best Practices for Independent Schools”. Keynote Speakers include Irshad Manji, Founder of Moral Courage ED and Reb Rebele, Senior Research Fellow for Wharton People Analytics at the University of Pennsylvania.
In addition to presenting and being an exhibitor at this year’s convention, i-Tech will also sponsor the Technology Directors’ Cocktail Supper at 6PM on Wednesday, November 3. There will be multiple cocktail suppers taking place that evening open to school leaders by role including Administrators, Admission Directors, and CFO’s and Business Officers.
Based in Tampa, the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) is an accrediting body for independent schools in Florida, representing over 73,000 students in 157 member schools. Educators and faculty from both Member and Non-Member schools that would like to attend the 2021 FCIS Annual Convention are encouraged to register by October 12.