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Subject: EDspaces 2018 Conference and Expo

Dear Supervisor’s Name,

I’m requesting approval to attend the Education Market Association's (EDmarket) EDspaces 2018, November 7 - 9, in Tampa, Florida. EDspaces brings together thought leaders in the field of educational facilities for inspiring keynotes, educational sessions, product demonstrations, knowledge sharing, and networking.

EDspaces 2017 brought together more than 2,000 leaders from across the education sector for a three-day conference and expo to push past boundaries and help schools and colleges work for all students. And the number of leaders and educational professionals attending the conference has grown over the past several years increasing the networking and professional development opportunities. In fact, EDspaces was named one of Trade Show Executive's 50 Fastest-Growing Shows of 2017 in all of its three categories: Net Square Feet, Exhibiting Companies, and Total Attendance!

Here’s an overview of the ways EDspaces will enable me to be even more successful in my role:

  • Keynotes delivered by thought leaders and innovative thinkers to help inspire creative thinking and imaginative approaches towards pedagogy, environment and technology and how they enhance student learning.
  • Access to more than 50 professional development sessions led by nationally-recognized speakers as well as my peers.
  • Networking with colleagues who face the same challenges we do and hear how our peers are addressing disruption and change.
  • See, touch, use and evaluate the newest and most-innovative school equipment, fixtures, furniture and products that support the creation of effective learning environments.
  • Connect with suppliers who offer Innovative approaches to planning, designing, and equipping facilities and have solutions to help us achieve our goals.
  • Meet the architects, designers, facility planners and vendors who could support our next design project.

I'm currently working on ways to reduce expenses, including applying for an EDspaces 2018 Educational Facilities Scholarship. This scholarship will cover my registration fee and hotel accommodations, and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday is included with registration. In addition, EDspaces has negotiated discounted ground transportation through SuperShuttle.

Here's an approximate breakdown of costs:

With a Scholarship
Airfare: $
Airport Shuttle in Tampa: $20
Hotel (up to three nights): $included with scholarship
Other Meals (xx days at $xx): $
Registration fee: $included with scholarship
Total estimated cost: $

I'll be happy to submit a report after EDspaces that will include major takeaways, tips, and a set of recommendations to maximize the return on our current investment in innovative solutions. I can also share relevant information with key personnel on other teams throughout our organization.

Thank you for considering this request. I look forward to your reply.

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