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EdWeek Leaders To Learn From 2015 Live Event

This event occurred on March 18, 2015 5:30 PM EDT.
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March 18, 2015—Renaissance Downtown, Washington, D.C.

On March 18, our 2015 EdWeek Leaders To Learn From were recognized at an exclusive event in Washington, D.C. that featured presentations and discussions on school leadership and education policy. Featured keynoters included Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education Deborah S. Delisle and Adviser to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario Michael Fullan, O.C.

Event Videos

Browse specific panels below. (For a full agenda, scroll down.)

Recognition Presentation: Meet the Leaders To Learn From (Part I)


Recognition Presentation: Meet the Leaders To Learn From (Part II)


Leadership Snapshot: Mark D. Benigni


Leader Snapshot: Patricia A. Spradley


Leadership Snapshot: Christopher Chatmon


“Three Keys for Maximizing Leadership Impact” by Keynote Speaker Michael Fullan

Download Michael Fullan's Presentation (PDF)

Ask ED! (A question-and-answer “Lightning Round” with the U.S. Department of Education)


Event Agenda

7:15 a.m.—8:00 a.m. Meet the Leaders To Learn From — Networking Breakfast

Start your day bright and early with education leaders from around the country to meet and discuss what’s working in America’s school districts. Enjoy coffee and passed breakfast hors d’oeuvres with leaders who work in the fields of most interest to you. There’ll be tables for parent engagement, “whole-child” accountability, education technology, and so much more!

8:00 a.m.—8:35 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, and Recognition Presentation

Recognition of the work of eight of the 16 Leaders To Learn From selected by Education Week for 2015

Virginia B. Edwards, Editor-in-Chief, Education Week

8:35 a.m.—8:55 a.m. Follow the Leaders!

Follow the first eight Leaders to their subject-matter tables located throughout the hall to discuss their particular expertise and get answers to your questions on the issues that matter most to you.


8:55 a.m.—9:30 a.m. Recognition Presentation Concludes

Recognition of the work of the seven other Leaders To Learn From

9:30 a.m.—9:50 a.m. Follow the Leaders!

Come meet the second half of the 2015 Leaders and join them at their subject-matter tables to discuss their expertise and get your questions answered.

9:50 a.m.—10:20 a.m. District Leaders Snapshot

A selection of 2015 Leaders will come to the stage with Education Week reporters for a deeper dive into their stories.

10:20 a.m.—10:45 a.m. Midmorning Networking Break


10:45 a.m.—11:45 a.m. “Three Keys for Maximizing Leadership Impact”

Michael Fullan, Adviser to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario, Canada

Fullan will examine leadership that maximizes impact using three key levers:

1. Leading learning;

2. Being a system player; and

3. Change agent skills.

Examples will be drawn from practice to show how these keys work to increase learning in schools and districts.

11:45—12:30 p.m. Ask ED!

Join us live and online in a question-and-answer “Lightning Round” with colleagues from the U.S. Department of Education, including:

• Deborah S. Delisle, Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education

• Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights

• Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology

• Melody Musgrove, Director, Office of Special Education Programs

Moderated by Virginia B. Edwards, Editor-in-Chief, Education Week

Melody Musgrove

Melody Musgrove

Richard Culatta

Richard Culatta

Catherine Lhamon

Catherine Lhamon

Deborah S. Delisle

Deborah S. Delisle

12:30 p.m.—1:30 p.m. Networking Luncheon

Use the final hour of the event to eat and exchange more ideas and strategies with colleagues you’ve met today.


2015 sponsors

Featured Keynotes

Deborah DelisleDeborah S. Delisle

Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Delisle is the principal adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on all matters related to pre-K, elementary, and secondary education. Previously, Delisle was a senior fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education, served as Ohio’s 35th State Superintendent of Public Instruction and was a district superintendent, a principal, and a teacher.

Michael Fullan, O.C.Michael Fullan, O.C.

Adviser to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario

Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, Fullan is engaged in advising policymakers and local leaders around the world in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. His books have been published in many languages. Fullan is a professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and currently serves as special adviser to the premier and minister of education in Ontario.