Education Week’s Leadership Symposium 2023

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  • Education Week’s annual Leadership Symposium will be live and in-person in Washington, D.C., this spring! Join school and district leaders from across the nation for three days of empowering strategies, networking, and inspiration.

  • Grand Hyatt Washington, Washington, DC

    May 10-12, 2023

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About the Event

Through a variety of session formats, guests, and topics, each day will offer attendees opportunities to dig into some of the most urgent issues education leaders are facing and learn about real-world solutions. Attendees will leave with actionable takeaways that can be applied in their own schools and districts, as well as an expanded network of professional colleagues to continue learning from.

Gain insight and ideas to:

  • Build momentum and sustainability for learning recovery
  • Learn about proven tactics to help guide your strategy for the 2023-24 school year
  • Discover the latest findings and best practices from EdWeek’s journalists and researchers
  • Find inspiration, empowerment, and community

Need some help convincing your boss or school board that you should attend? Most Leadership Symposium attendees have the costs of their registration badge paid for by their school or district. Download this letter template that you can use to convince your school board or administrator to approve and fund your trip.


Teaching & Learning
Topics include Getting New Teachers Off to a Strong Start, Supporting Accelerated Learning, and Teacher PD That Works.
Thriving Staff; Thriving Students
Topics include Successful Responses to the Student Mental Health Crisis, , Building a Bench of Diverse Educators, and Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments.
Topics include What It Takes to Be a Resilient and Successful Leader, Confronting the Challenges and Opportunities Ahead, and Getting Buy-In for Big Changes.

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Join us to learn and network with school and district leaders from across the nation!


This year’s symposium will feature two half-days (Wed. 5/10 and Friday 5/12) and one full day (Thursday 5/11) of content focused on Teaching & Learning, Thriving Staff; Thriving Students, and Leadership.
Click on the days below to see the schedule of empowering sessions, inspiring speakers, and valuable networking opportunities.

Wednesday, May 10

12pm ET

Check-In and Welcome Lunch

1:10pm ET

Welcome Remarks

1:20pm ET

Leaders To Learn From Recognition Ceremony

1:50pm ET

Panel Discussion: What It Takes to Be a Resilient and Successful Leader

2:30pm ET

Industry Perspective: What Longitudinal Analyses of Reading Proficiency Reveal

2:45pm ET

Coffee and Networking Break

3:00pm ET

Flash Briefing: The Big Challenges and Opportunities Ahead: Survey findings from district and school leaders

3:15pm ET

Industry Perspective: Safeguarding Students: Preventing the Inevitable

3:30pm ET

Learn & Reflect: Why Is It So Hard to Talk to Each Other?

4:30pm ET

Day 1 Closing Remarks

Thursday, May 11

8:00am ET

Breakfast with Leaders To Learn From

9:00am ET

Flash Briefing: What Teachers Are Thinking Now

9:15am ET

Panel Discussion: Getting New Teachers Off to a Strong Start

10:00am ET

Industry Perspective: Insights from the Frontlines: Lessons Learned and Hopes for the Future of Teaching and Learning

10:15am ET

Leadership Interview: How to Build a Bench of Diverse Educator Talent

10:35am ET

Coffee and Networking Break

10:50am ET

Featured Speaker: ChatGPT, A.I., and How Schools Should Be Thinking About Digital Learning

11:45am ET

Industry Perspective: The Audacious Pursuit of Scaled Impact

12:00pm ET

Networking Lunch

1:30pm ET

Interactive Breakout Session 1: The Power of the 'Stay' Interview

1:30pm ET

Interactive Breakout Session 2: Teacher PD That Works

1:30pm ET

Interactive Breakout Session 3: Getting Buy-In for Big Change

1:30pm ET

Interactive Breakout Session 4: How Districts and Schools Can Support Accelerated Learning

2:50pm ET

Coffee and Networking Break

3:05pm ET

Panel Discussion: Successful Responses to the Student Mental Health Crisis

3:50pm ET

Industry Perspective: From Words to Action: Realizing a Truly Inclusive Educational Experience

4:05pm ET

Leadership Interview: Best Practices for Supporting Students in Gifted Education and Special Education

4:25pm ET

Day 2 Closing Remarks

5:00pm - 6:30pm ET

Cocktail Reception

Friday, May 12

8:00am ET

Networking Breakfast

9:00am ET

Flash Briefing: A Look at Student Engagement and Motivation

9:15am ET

Featured Speaker: A Leader's Agenda: Cultivating Joy, Resilience, and Learning at School

10:15am ET

Industry perspective: Leading with Critical Conscientiousness in Mind

10:30am ET

Coffee and Networking Break

10:45am ET

Panel Discussion: Build Thriving, Inclusive Learning Environments Through Student Voice

11:30am ET

Leadership Interview: Invest and Reinvest in Relationships

11:50am ET

Closing Remarks

12:00pm ET

Farewell Lunch


Who will I hear from?

Learn from senior K-12 district and school leaders and nationally recognized leadership and policy experts. Check back for an updated speaker list.

Dr. Salome Thomas-EL
Principal, Author
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Dr. Kristen DiCerbo
Chief Learning Officer, Khan Academy
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Andria Amador
2023 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services, Boston Public Schools
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Tonya Clarke
2023 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Coordinator of K-12 Mathematics, Clayton County Public Schools, Jonesboro, Ga.
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Natalie Griffin
2023 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Director of Special Programs, Mineral Wells Independent School District, Mineral Wells, Texas
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Dean McGee
2023 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Deputy Superintendent, Educational Services and Innovative Programs, Kern High School District, Bakersfield, Calif.
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Chimere Stevens
2023 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Senior Director of Diversity Recruitment, New York City Public Schools
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Cyndi Tercero-Sandoval
2023 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Family and Community Engagement Manager, Phoenix Union High School District, Phoenix, Ariz.
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Richard Tomko
2023 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Superintendent, Belleville Public Schools, N.J.
Anthony Vargas
2023 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Supervisor of Gifted and Talented Programs, Manassas City Public Schools, Manassas, Va.
David Cittadino
Superintendent, Old Bridge Public Schools, NJ
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Victor Diaz
Director of Human Resources, Phoenix Elementary School District, AZ
Kristie Ezzell
Former Principal, Russellville Elementary School
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Ben Fenton
Chief of Growth and Delivery, Instruction Partners
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Heath Grimes
Superintendent, Russellville, Ala. School District.
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Patrick Harris II
Dean of Students, The Roeper School
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Michael Hinojosa
Former Superintendent, Dallas ISD, TX
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Dr. Shawn Joseph
Co-Director of the AASA, Howard Urban Superintendent Academy and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy Studies at Howard University
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Gene M. Kerns, Ed.D.
Chief Academic Officer, Renaissance
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S. Kambar Khoshaba
Principal, Lorton, VA
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Eliza KimLy
Head of Schools, Bright Star Schools, CA
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Adam R. Lalor
Vice President for Neurodiversity Research and Innovation; Co-Director of the Center for Neurodiversity at Landmark College
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Curtis Linton
Education Consultant, The Safeguarding Company
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Dr. Katie Minihan
Executive Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, Project Lead The Way
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Susan Moore Johnson
Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Kelly M. O’Ryan
Equity and Title IX Coordinator, Windham Northeast Supervisory Union, VT
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Julia Rafal-Baer
Co-Founder and CEO of ILO Group
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Robert Runcie
Interim CEO, Chiefs for Change
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Alan Safran
Alan Safran, CEO, Saga Education 2022
Darin Thompson
Principal, Henrico County Public Schools, VA
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Nate Thompson
Director of Social, Emotional, and Behavior Services, Littleton Public Schools, CO
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Beth Frerking
Beth Frerking is Education Week's editor-in-chief.
Lesli A. Maxwell
Managing Editor
Kevin Bushweller
Deputy Managing Editor
Elizabeth Heubeck
Staff Writer
Alyson Klein
Assistant Editor
Holly Kurtz
Mark Lieberman
Ileana Najarro
Staff Writer
Elizabeth Rich
Assistant Managing Editor, Opinion
Sarah D. Sparks
Assistant Editor
Libby Stanford
Denisa R. Superville
Assistant Editor
Madeline Will
Assistant Managing Editor

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Hotel & Travel Information
The Symposium will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington, located at 1000 H St NW in Washington, DC. Located in in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., it’s just steps from the Metro, as well as the city's monuments, historic structures, diverse neighborhoods, and green spaces.

The nearest airports are Ronald Raegan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD), and Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI).
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