STEVENS POINT, Wis. (Mar. 20, 2018) – Over 350 administrators, educators, and industry experts from around the world gathered in St. Pete Beach, Florida for the 16th annual Skyward International Conference (iCon). The three-day interactive event set a new attendance record and gave attendees access to sessions matching their specific roles and responsibilities. In addition, attendees celebrated the accomplishments of Leader in Excellence recipients and networked with district peers.
Based on the theme “Passport to the Future,” the conference brought together attendees and Skyward leaders to discuss how districts can leverage education technology to put their future-ready district on the map. Presentations focused on improving engagement, reducing costs, and making data-driven decisions. In addition, participants learned how Skyward’s technology can support their district’s culture, create a more collaborative work environment, deliver customized workflows, and increase transparency among students, staff, and parents.
“Attendees always tell us how excited they are to get back and apply what they've learned at their districts,” explained Scott Glinski, president of Skyward. “What they don't realize is that we are every bit as excited to take the feedback we get at the conference to create a better overall experience for those who use Skyward to perform their jobs.”
For the fourth straight year, Skyward honored the recipients of its Leader in Excellence Award at iCon. The accolade recognizes K-12 districts and individual administrators using Skyward to improve education and inspire new ideas and initiatives.
Individual recipients included:
- Scott Anthony, management information systems manager at Consolidated High School District 230 in Orland Park, Illinois
- Darby West Hernandez, public education information management system coordinator at Stephenville Independent School District in Stephenville, Texas
- Stephanie Kaack, data coordinator at Manteno Community Unit School District 5 in Manteno, Illinois
The district recipient was:
- Macon County Schools in Lafayette, Tennessee
“iCon never disappoints. There’s a great balance of sessions for any role,” explained Scott Herring, data support specialist at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute in Pennsylvania. “This conference serves as a great reminder that Skyward is focusing on the present but keeping their eyes on the future.”
To see the social media moments captured at iCon 2018, search #FutureStamped on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Next year’s international conference will take place Wednesday, February 27 – Friday, March 1, 2019 at TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. For more information, visit skyward.com/icon.