Education Week's Leadership Symposium 2024

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  • Education Week’s 2024 Leadership Symposium will take place live and in person in Arlington, VA, just 5 minutes outside of Washington, DC. Join school and district leaders from across the nation for 3 days of empowering strategies, networking, and inspiration.

  • Hyatt Regency Crystal City

    Arlington, VA

    May 1 - 3, 2024

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About the Event

Explore and discuss some of the most critical issues education leaders are facing and discover ideas for solutions through a variety of session formats, guests, and topics. You will leave inspired by new ideas, empowered with actionable takeaways that can be applied in your own schools and districts, and connected to an expanded network of K-12 leaders.

Gain insights and ideas to:

  • Build momentum and sustainability for student learning
  • Get proven tactics to help guide your strategy for the 2024-25 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.

Themes

Teaching & Learning
The State of Teaching: Big Takeaways for School and District Leaders; Improving Literacy Instruction and Achievement at Scale; Lessons From a State Chief; Write a Smart AI Policy for Your School or District
Thriving Students
Real Talk With Students on the Mental Health Supports They Say Help Most; Embracing AI in Education
Resilient Leadership
De-implementation: Creating the Space to Focus on What Works; The Long Game: A Superintendent's Lessons on Leading a Multi-Year Improvement Effort; Collective Leader Efficacy: How to Strengthen Instructional Leadership Teams; The Perils of Speaking Out: How Education Leaders Can Deftly Navigate Public Debates Over Curriculum, Culture Wars, and Politics; Be an Emotionally Intelligent Leader

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

Agenda

This year’s symposium will feature two half-days (Wed. 5/1 and Friday 5/3) and one full day (Thursday 5/2) of content focused on Teaching & Learning, Thriving Students, and Resilient Leadership.

Click on each day below to see the schedule and check back as we continue to fill the program with empowering sessions, inspiring speakers, and valuable networking opportunities.

Wednesday, May 1

1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Check-In and Networking

2:00pm - 2:15pm ET

Welcome and Opening Remarks

2:15pm - 2:35pm ET

Leaders to Learn From Recognition Ceremony

2:35pm - 3:15pm ET

Panel Discussion: The State of Teaching: Big Takeaways for School and District Leaders

3:15pm - 3:30pm ET

Industry Perspective: Successfully Navigating the Staffing Crisis

3:30pm - 3:45pm ET

Networking Break

3:45pm - 4:00pm ET

Interactive Polling Session: Teacher Morale and Satisfaction

4:00pm - 5:00pm ET

Learn & Reflect: De-implementation: Creating the Space to Focus on What Works

5:00pm ET

Day 1 Closing Remarks

5:15pm - 6:45pm ET

Cocktail Reception

Thursday, May 2

8:00am - 9:00am ET

Topic-Focused Networking Breakfast

9:00am - 9:15am ET

Flash Briefing: Taking the Pulse on AI's Uptake in Schools

9:15am - 10:00am ET

Panel Discussion: Embracing AI in Education

10:00am - 10:15am ET

Industry Perspective: Beyond Survival: Thriving with Innovative Leadership in Today's Schools

10:15am - 10:30am ET

Interactive Polling Session: Emotional Intelligence of Leaders (What You Think; What Teachers Think)

10:30am - 10:50am ET

Networking Break

10:50am - 11:45am ET

Keynote: Fostering Purpose and Inclusion to Drive Student Success in College and Careers

11:45am - 12:00pm ET

Industry Perspective: Insights from Educators: Making In-School, High-Impact Tutoring Work

12:00pm - 1:30pm ET

Lunch

12:00pm ET

Book Signing by Freeman Hrabowski

1:30pm - 2:45pm ET

Interactive Breakout Session 1: Collective Leader Efficacy: How to Strengthen Instructional Leadership Teams

1:30pm - 2:45pm ET

Interactive Breakout Session 2: The Perils of Speaking Out: How Education Leaders Can Deftly Navigate Public Debates Over Curriculum, Culture Wars, and Politics

1:30pm - 2:45pm ET

Interactive Breakout Session 3: Write a Smart AI Policy for Your School or District

1:30pm - 2:45pm ET

Interactive Breakout Session 4: Give Students a Voice--Get Big Results

2:45pm - 3:00pm ET

Networking Break

3:00pm - 3:45pm ET

Panel Discussion: Real Talk With Students on the Mental Health Supports They Say Help Most

3:45pm - 4:00pm ET

Industry Perspective: Thriving Learners: Design for One, Design for All

4:00pm - 4:30pm ET

Leadership Interview: What Happens When School and District Leaders Prioritize Family Engagement

4:30pm - 4:45pm ET

Industry Perspective: Exploring Effective Instructional Strategies in a Diverse School District

4:45pm - 5:15pm ET

Featured Speaker: U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

5:15pm ET

Day 2 Closing Remarks

Friday, May 3

8:00am - 9:00am ET

Breakfast

9:00am - 9:20am ET

Interactive Polling Session: Student Engagement and Motivation

9:20am - 9:30am ET

Travel to Breakout Sessions

9:30am - 10:45am ET

Interactive Breakout Session 1: Collective Leader Efficacy: How to Strengthen Instructional Leadership Teams

9:30am - 10:45am ET

Interactive Breakout Session 2: The Perils of Speaking Out: How Education Leaders Can Deftly Navigate Public Debates Over Curriculum, Culture Wars, and Politics

9:30am - 10:45am ET

Interactive Breakout Session 3: Write a Smart AI Policy for Your School or District

9:30am - 10:45am ET

Interactive Breakout Session 4: Give Students a Voice--Get Big Results

10:45am - 10:55am ET

Networking Break

10:55am - 11:25am ET

Learn & Reflect: How to Teach Students to Be the Ultimate STEM Problem Solvers

11:25am - 11:55am ET

Leadership Interview: Improving Literacy Instruction and Achievement at Scale: Lessons From a State Chief

11:55am ET

Closing Remarks


Speakers

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.

Miguel Cardona
U.S Secretary of Education
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Freeman Hrabowski
President Emeritus, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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Carey M. Wright
State Superintendent of Schools, Maryland
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Peter DeWitt
Opinion Contributor
Sharon Bradley
2024 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Director of Family and Social Services, Plano Independent School District, TX
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Aleesia Johnson
2024 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools, IN
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Jun Kim
2024 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Directory of Technology, Moore School District, OK
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LeeAnn Kittle
2024 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Executive Director of Sustainability, Denver Public Schools, CO
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Kate Maxlow
2024 EdWeek Leader to Learn From | Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Hampton City Schools, VA
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Ana Pasarella
2024 EdWeek Leader To Learn From | Director of Family and Community Engagement, Alvin Independent School District, TX
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Katy Anthes
Commissioner of Education in Colorado from 2016-2023
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Gustavo Balderas
Superintendent, Beaverton Beaverton School District, OR
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Vilicia Cade
Superintendent, Capital School District (DE), League of Innovative Schools Member
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Jillian Doggett
Director of Network Support, Digital Promise
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Erik Gundersen
Superintendent, Suffern School District (NY) and League of Innovative Schools Member
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Ava Havidic
President, National Student Board Member Association | Student Adviser, Broward County Public Schools
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Andrew Kahn
Associate Director, Behavior Change & Expertise, Understood
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Ryan Lamping
Vice President of Sales, Amergis Educational Staffing
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Tara Nattrass
Managing Director of Innovation Strategy at ISTE
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Mike Nelson
Assistant Executive Director, Washington Association of School Administrators
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Alan Safran
Co-Founder, CEO and Chair of the Board, Saga
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Aaron Spence
Superintendent, Loudoun County Public Schools, VA
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Juliana Urtubey
Understood Teacher Fellow and 2021 National Teacher of the Year
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Anjali Verma
Student, Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School University Scholars Program
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Alison Harris Welcher
Senior Director, Technical Assistance Program Management, Chiefs for Change
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Pat Yongpradit
Chief Academic Officer, Code.org and Leader of TeachAI
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Luis Pelayo Zepeda
ELD Program Specialist, Del Norte County Office of Education
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Beth Frerking
Beth Frerking is Education Week's editor-in-chief.
Lesli A. Maxwell
Managing Editor
Maurice Bakley
Publisher, Education Week
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Daniela Franco Brown
Assistant Managing Editor
Kevin Bushweller
Deputy Managing Editor
Alyson Klein
Assistant Editor
Holly Kurtz
Director
Lauraine Langreo
Staff Writer
Caitlynn Peetz
Staff Writer
Elizabeth Rich
Assistant Managing Editor, Opinion
Stephen Sawchuk
Assistant Managing Editor
Sarah D. Sparks
Assistant Editor
Libby Stanford
Reporter
Madeline Will
Assistant Managing Editor

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Hotel & Travel Information
The Symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Located just 5 min. outside of Washington, DC, it features stunning views of the nation’s monuments and easy access to the city's 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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