A behind-the-scenes look at preparation for the fall conference
Scott Sexsmith, Merced County Office of Education
Planning. Hours of it. That's what it takes to try improving upon the spectacular conference we had last year at the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara. Mark your calendars now for the 2001 CEDPA Conference November 14-16, 2001, that will be held at the Doubletree Hotel near Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf. As many of you will remember, this was also the site of our 1999 conference.
This year the conference theme will center on the future of digital education in California. The Digital California Project is coming at all of us this year as the first round of DCP node sites will be installed throughout the state. Connectivity of all schools to the node sites will certainly be a timely topic at the conference. CEDPA Director Mike Caskey will be organizing the speaker strands to address this issue as well as others.
Director Oswaldo Galarza will be responsible for developing the vendor show this year. The vendor show area will be twice as large as it was the last time we were in Monterey, and the number of vendors participating continues to grow each year. We're exploring the possibility of increasing the size of booths to give vendors more room to show their wares this year also.
The Network Operations Center (NOC) will be under the watchful eye of Terrell Tucker. While this is always the place at the conference to see the latest networking gear, Terrell has plans to reorganize the NOC a bit from prior years. I think you'll be pleased with what he has in mind. We're also going to be incorporating the list of NOC "tech-talk" presentations with the other speaker strands on a "super" conference overview sheet that attendees can use to quickly find what's happening during any given time at the conference.
We hope that you've already marked on your calendar this upcoming conference. As always the conference is a great place to get together with your peers, discuss common issues, learn from each other, and to find out what works and what doesn't. In Monterey this year you'll also get to see what promises to be our largest vendor show ever. I'm very interested in what you have to say regarding what we can do to make this a great conference! Please e-mail me at with any comments or suggestions.