Education Week Online Summits
Welcome to Education Week's free online summits. These are unique to our publication providing readers an opportunity to engage directly with our newsroom and their invited guests—many who are experts in their field of interest—on a wide range of topics you'll see below.
These summits give you direct access to the expertise of our seasoned reporters. Here you can develop community with fellow educators around a shared interest on a niche within a topic, laws and regulations, or even the latest issues in the news.
In each event, you'll notice that the first few discussion rooms will be staffed by our reporters. The content here is directly from our journalists, their reporting, and their deep expertise on the topic. In other rooms, you'll note our sponsors' content that is led by their moderators. We are grateful to our many sponsors who help provide the funding to make these events free for you.
All you'll need to participate is a keyboard—on a phone, a laptop, a tablet, etc. No special audio or video is required. At the end of each Summit you'll be able to watch a livestream (or archived video for Summits that have since concluded), so you'll want to use your headsets or speakers to hear the conclusion of each event, when you'll be able to hear the reporter's takeaways from each discussion held throughout the day.
A collection of free online virtual summits include: upcoming and past summits: including our Personalized Learning Pathways Summit, STEM Summit, ESSA Summits, and more. Browse all of our summits below.
- All summits are accessible for a limited time after the original live date—you must register before the live date to gain access.
- Participation certificates are provided for summits that occur after Sept. 19, 2019, and live viewers receive a post-event confirmation email. Click here for a state-by-state list of further information about how these Certificates of Completion may or may not provide you professional development hours (also known as “Clock Hours”) in your state.
Join our online summit to examine how the massive school closures caused by the coronavirus and the rapid transition to remote learning across the country is re-shaping the role and use of technology in schools now and for years to come.
Note: Registration for these past summits is closed. Those who registered prior to the live event may log in to access the archives.
The idea that math is an innate ability can limit kids' prospects and reinforce racial and gender stereotypes. In this summit our reporters and their guests will explore ways to support all students in math classrooms in elementary, middle, and high schools.
Each year, Education Week identifies some of the nation's most exceptional school district leaders and their impact on student success in its special report. Now, we've asked them to bring their insights to bear on K-12 schooling's most critical challenge: The COVID-19 pandemic.
In this online summit, Education Week reporters and expert guests discuss the kinds of preparation and support teachers need to develop students' social-emotional skills both in regular classrooms and virtual interactions, what districts leaders can do to support schools' efforts to implement SEL when schools are open and when students are learning at home, and more.
In this virtual summit, Education Week reporters and expert guests discuss the hard work behind uprooting inequities such as challenging educators' longstanding biases and practices, re-allocating resources across schools to support opportunities for all students, and more.
More than half of the educators who responded to a survey by the Education Week Research Center said updating curriculum to get students ready for the jobs of the future is a top priority. Join Education Week reporters and their expert guests for a lively summit designed to explore these issues.
In this online summit, Education Week reporters and their expert guests will discuss the science behind how kids learn to read, as well as explore original survey data on what elementary teachers and education professors know and believe about early reading.
This online summit helps keep Education Week readers ahead of the curve in by staying on top of how technological advances are changing personalized learning, what school/classroom practices are showing the greatest impact, and more.
In this virtual event, Education Week reporters and their expert guests looked at some of the most prevalent problems with and oversights in teacher PD and offered ideas for fixing them.
During this online event, Education Week journalists and guests delved into a set of issues that are very much top-of-mind for ed-tech specialists in schools and districts, entrepreneurs developing new education tools and solutions, and educators working with these technologies.
With the Every Student Succeeds Act now in full effect three years after its passage, Education Week unpacks how states and districts are using ESSA to transform and customize their education systems, in line with the federal K-12 law’s grant of greater autonomy and the guardrails it lays down for quality and accountability.
In survey after survey, employers complain that the young people they hire lack some of the basic speaking, writing, reading and digital skills they need to succeed in the workplace. And some experts agree there is a disconnect, especially when it comes to oral communication—a topic rarely taught beyond debate teams or forensics clubs. Education Week offers a big-picture look at the perceived disconnect and explores efforts underway to bridge the divide.
Developing a child’s social and emotional skills is as important as building his or her academic skills, but who is most responsible for doing this? Education Week offers a big-picture look at how states, districts, and schools can reach their students through SEL strategies and other best practices for motivating and engaging students.
Is there a better way than standardized tests to find out what students are learning? Education Week offered a big-picture look at the current state of performance assessment and pinpointed some best practices.
In this virtual event, Education Week journalists and guests staffed online "discussion" rooms on a host of topics, including the research arguments against personalized learning, how self-paced learning can go awry, low-tech personalized learning strategies, principals’ views on personalized learning, how to train teachers for a radical change, and 5 big mistakes education companies are making in trying to serve schools’ personalized learning needs.
In this virtual event, Education Week journalists and guests staffed online "discussion" rooms on a host of topics, including the challenge of providing strong early STEM experiences, controversies over high school math tracking, and the ongoing challenge of implementing new science standards.
In this virtual event, Education Week journalists and guests staffed online "discussion" booths on a host of topics, including details of the law itself; its impact on teacher policy; testing and assessments; how schools and districts are meeting the law's demands for data and transparency; what ESSA means for minority students, English-learners, and those with disabilities; and market opportunities and challenges for the business sector as educators move to meet ESSA's requirements.
Hear what Education Week readers are saying about our Online Summits…
I truly enjoyed the information, questions, and sites recommended. I will now have access to investigate, glean from, and share the information with our principal, school counselor, ERMHS counselor, and teachers. I look forward to applying the information and websites to develop or enhance our students’ social and emotional learning. I feel, the more equipped our students become with information and learned positive practices in social skills, they will be groomed to enter into the real world or a post-secondary environment equipped with skills to not only to survive, but also to contribute to society.
—Valorie Evans, Educational Specialist, Mt. View Alternative High Schools, San Jacinto Unified School District, San Jacinto, Calif.
Everything was wonderful! It was great to see educators coming together and sharing resources.
—Becky Vandermeuse, School Counselor, Forest Ridge Elementary, Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District, Oak Creek, Wis.
I thought this was a sleek and intuitive platform, and it was well-timed to have a virtual experience! I appreciated the intro screen that walked you through what to expect. I am familiar with the Reddit style of discussion threads (upvote; downvote; reply in nested threads), but I noticed that this wasn't the case with all attendees. But for keeping organized and helpful archives of these convos, these features being utilized will make things much smoother.
—Kelly Martin, Director of Impact, Educational Success, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Milwaukee, Wis.
Thank you Education Week for the ESSA Online Summit. It was a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and learn from other education advocates.
—Angie Gallo, school board member, Orange County public schools, Orlando, Fla.
This real-time experience is incredibly helpful to school staff. I learned about new programs and approaches for how to bring and infuse SEL from folks across the country. What a wonderful way to meet people and hear how they are doing SEL.
—Dr. Anita Killea, psychologist coach, Chatham Central School District, Chatham, N.Y.
It is tremendous to be able to speak with an expert like Dr. Louisa Moats in real time, ask a question, get an answer and see what colleagues all over the country are thinking and dealing with. Awesome!
—Miriam Giskin, reading teacher, Waterbury Public Schools, Waterbury, Conn.
It is both enlightening and inspiring to hear from so many passionate minds and gain a greater perspective, a deeper understanding, and usable strategies and resources. Thanks, Education Week, for providing the opportunity to hear from expert colleagues via a collaborative platform!
—Brigitte McCawley, technology integrationist, Prattville Christian Academy, Prattville, Ala.
The scope and quality of the presenters in this chat-style Forum on Social-Emotional Learning was comprehensive and, at the same time, accessible. I appreciated the ability to ‘toggle’ back and forth between three topic areas. Have always been a fan of Maurice Elias and find that questions from educators lets us draw from their experience in more depth than formal presentations.
—Diane Stirling, coordinator, Restorative Practices Academy, EducationPlus, St. Louis, Mo.
The online summit gave us immediate access to experts in the field who were able to share a wealth of resources and experiences in a relatively short period of time. From my computer, I was able to copy/paste resources and recommendations for future reference when I have time to digest and apply this new learning.
—Michael Beardsley, programs manager, HandsOn Greater Phoenix, Ariz.
What a tremendous experience! I loved learning from so many different people as opposed to listening to 1 or 2 experts. Thank you for this extremely informative platform! I will definitely attend another Summit.
—Pam McNall, founder, RespectfulWays.com
As a community college educator, I see many students with educational gaps. Obviously, these gaps can only be prevented at lower educational levels, and I was curious about the new-to-me education law, ESSA. Education Week's Online Summit gave me a great overview of the components of ESSA and the challenges in implementation by individual states and districts. I look forward to future events that dive deeper into aspects of ESSA and education in general.
—Su Leone, assistant professor, Wake Technical Community College, Raleigh, N.C.
It took me a few minutes to get used to the 'different' and 'unexpected' format of discussion. After the few minutes of having discovered the ease of participating, I became more relaxed and confident in making the process 'work for me.' I'm looking forward to experiencing this format again before making a comparable conclusive decision regarding its effectiveness and impact. Keep going deeper!!!
—Dr. Noah L. Riley, associate trainer and educational leadership advocate for blended learning, Time To Teach, Inc., Chicago, Ill.