EDspaces 2021Back Together Again!

After a COVID-inspired hiatus, the educational facilities market gathered at EDspaces and welcomed the industry back in person, November 3-5, 2021, in Pittsburgh. PA. With a track record of continued growth and vitality, EDspaces leads the market as the premiere conference dedicated to understanding how the intersection of space, pedagogy, and technology impacts student performance.

With an emphasis on various learning styles, the EDspaces education program includes 16 mini-sessions on the exhibit floor, plus three pre-conference events. Attendees could earn up to 15 continuing education hours for AIA, 12 hours for IDCEC, and 4 GBCI hours. Out of the 52 AIA sessions, 18 qualify for HSW credit. A total of 170 content experts presented sessions at the event. EDspaces delivered more than 50 accredited educational sessions in nine different tracks, taking place in state-of-the-art classrooms designed by leading vendor and architectural firms.

These six, unique learning environments provide an immersive experience allowing participants to experience firsthand cutting-edge educational spaces created and produced by Hord Coplan Macht, Legat Architects, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Marotta Main Architects, mediatechnologies, and Moseley Architects.

EDspaces is home to best-of-breed professional learning including dedicated, pre-show distributor education at the the pre-conference Educational Distribution Symposium on Tuesday afternoon, November 2.

Keynote speaker Bill Strickland

On Wednesday, November 3, Keynoter Bill Strickland inspired attendees to envision a better, brighter future with his thoughts on “Make the Impossible Possible: A Blueprint for Change” based on his experience as an education icon in Pittsburgh and worldwide. He weaved his personal journey from inner-city youth to head of an organization that fosters art, occupational skills, architecture and light, and the equal availability of quality of life for every person.

School tours were once again an event highlight with attendees visiting a wide variety of spaces from K-12, alternative, Higher Ed, and corporate learning. The Educational Facility Tours provided something for everyone with a variety of alternative, elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the Pittsburgh area, along with higher-ed venues.

Attendees had the opportunity to garner new ideas in the EDspaces exhibit hall featuring over 150 outstanding companies. EDspaces provides the industry’s largest and most complete display of new products designed for student success. Those in Pittsburgh were able to take advantage of this timesaving, one-stop shop to see all that is new and innovative. An informative series of “snackable education sessions” in various specialty spaces added to the EDspaces Experience.

Mark your calendar for EDspaces 2022: November 2-4, 2022 in Portland, Oregon! Want to be considered as a speaker? Submit your presentation proposal by March 7.

Adrienne Dayton

Adrienne is Vice President of Communications & Education at the Education Market Association (EDmarket). She is responsible for strategic planning for content creation and management for all EDmarket publications and education programs. Want to share your expertise with the community of thought leaders in the education space? Let's start a conversation.