School & District Management Live Event

EdWeek Leadership Symposium

K-12 Education's Premier Leadership Event
May 10, 2021 - May 12, 2021
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Price: Free for School & District Leaders
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About the Symposium

In this unique three-day event, school and district leaders are invited to join Education Week as we convene experts, practitioners, and researchers — and tap into the deep reporting knowledge of Education Week’s editorial staff and research team — to discuss the top issues and challenges confronting leaders today.

Through a variety of session formats, guests, and topics; each day will offer attendees the opportunity to dive deep into the ever-changing landscape which school and district leaders are charged with navigating. Attendees will leave with actionable takeaways that can be adopted and adapted to schools and districts everywhere.

Attendees will gain insight into the strategies used by leaders, innovators, and influencers to:

  • Rebound faster from the disruptions of the 2020-21 school year
  • Learn proven tactics that help drive your strategy in the 2021-22 school year
  • Discover the latest findings and best-practices delivered to you by Education Week’s K-12 journalists, experts, and Research Center

Check back as we continue to add Sessions & Speakers!

Symposium Sponsors

Thank you to all our symposium sponsors!


May 10 | Teaching & Learning

The 2020-2021 school year will be one that is studied for generations to come: the pandemic has changed how students learn, teachers teach, and administrators lead. We’re grappling with questions that will directly affect all stakeholders in the K-12 education enterprise including:

What technological advances have we made during the year of hybrid/remote learning and what do we think the next few years will look like as a result of these learnings?
How do we measure what students have learned and what should we be thinking about when evaluating student performance in the years to come?
What implications will this year have on the future of curriculum and assessment, closing the achievement gap, and preparing students for the workforce?
1:00 PM ET

Opening & Welcome Remarks

Flash Briefing

The Pandemic's Affects on Learning

Leader Interview

Distributed Leadership in Curriculum Development

Panel Discussion

The Science of Reading: Best Practices for the Early Grades

Leader Interview

Literacy Across Subjects

Panel Discussion

How Remote & Hybrid Learning are Reshaping
K-12 Education

Ideas into Action

Is It Finally Time to Change How We Grade?

5:00 PM ET

Day 1 Closing Remarks

May 11 | Student Wellness & Community Engagement

We all recognize the importance of engaging and working with families, community organizations, government officials, and other partners to support academic success and student wellness. This critical work was always important; but as a result of the pandemic, we are seeing new kinds of partnerships and new stakeholders perspectives highlighting the value of this work. In these sessions, you will hear from those who identify, work with, and manage the programs that support student success and wellness. You will learn about what was working, what is working now, and what needs to be done to make sure all students are achieving their goals through sessions that will focus on:

• Social emotional learning (SEL)
• Engaging with students and their families
• Supporting underprivileged student populations
Leadership Interview

How Schools Can Earn — and Deepen — Trust With Families

Panel Discussion

Meeting the social-Emotional Learning Needs of All Students

Leadership Interview

Supporting Students Experiencing Homelessness

May 12 | Leadership Post-Pandemic

The pandemic’s effects will be felt for years to come and we’re only just beginning to see the impacts it has had on the world. In education, we’re aware of what is at stake and many school and district leaders are doing everything they can to anticipate the challenges ahead. With these challenges in mind, what skills and supports will you need to make sure you’re ahead of the game and spending less time reacting. You will hear and learn from your peers about what they’re doing to stay ahead of these challenges and the skills they are honing to help them continue to meet the goals they have set to answer questions like:

• What lessons have we learned already and what hurdles do we anticipate over the coming years as a result of the pandemic?
• What skills and tools will be critical to grow and focus on in the upcoming school years?
• How do we reset from the pandemic and ensure our students and other stakeholders are able to do the same?
6:00 PM ET

2021 Leaders To Learn From Virtual Gala

Attendee Fees & Pricing

This event is made free for district and school leaders in part from support from our Sponsors.

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School & District Leaders


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EdWeek Moderators & Presenters
Kevin Bushweller oversees coverage of educational technology and learning environments for Education Week.
Alyson Klein is an assistant editor for Education Week.
Holly Kurtz is the director of the EdWeek Research Center.
Elizabeth Rich is the opinion editor for Education Week.
Stephen Sawchuk covers district leadership and management, school safety, and civics education for Education Week.
Sarah Schwartz is a reporter for Education Week who covers curriculum and instruction.
Sarah D. Sparks covers education research, data, and the science of learning for Education Week.
Denisa R. Superville is an assistant editor at Education Week who focuses on principals and school leadership.