School & District Management Live Event

Leaders To Learn From 2019 Live Event

This event occurred May 02, 2019 8:30 AM EDT - May 03, 2019 2:30 PM EDT.
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On May 2-3, 2019, nine outstanding district leaders from across the country shared their keys to success at Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From event.

These two days featured keynote presentations, workshops, and case studies focused on solving problems and driving districtwide change. Featured speakers included New York City Chancellor Richard Carranza; Bror Saxberg, Vice President of Learning Science for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; and more.

This event took place at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

Welcome Reception


May 2, National Capital Area
8:30 a.m.
Hall of Leaders

Registration Opens: Coffee and Light Refreshments

9 a.m. — 10 a.m.
Potomac Room 2

Great to Greater: How the Best Schools and Education Systems Keep Getting Better

2:35 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Potomac Rooms

Industry Perspectives


May 3, National Capitol Area
8 a.m. — 9 a.m.
Hall of Leaders


Event Videos

Keynote Speakers
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor New York City Department of Education
Member of the Class of 2015 Leaders To Learn From

As chancellor for the largest school system in the nation, Carranza is responsible for educating 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools. During Carranza’s nearly 30 years in education, he has served in virtually every role. Prior to New York City, he was the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the largest school district in Texas, and the seventh largest in the United States. Before that, he served the San Francisco Unified School District, first as deputy superintendent and then as superintendent. Before moving to San Francisco, Carranza was the Northwest Region superintendent for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas. He began his career as a high school, bilingual social studies and music teacher, and then as a principal, both in Tucson, Arizona.

A son of a sheet metal worker and a hairdresser—and a grandson of Mexican immigrants—Carranza credits his public-school education for putting him on a path to college and a successful career. He believes that a great education changes lives and is excited to help the next generation of New Yorkers achieve their dreams. As Chancellor, he is building on the City’s Equity and Excellence for All agenda, which supports students academically, socially, and emotionally from early childhood through twelfth grade. He is also championing initiatives to help educators strengthen their practice and to empower more parents to become engaged in their children’s education.

Carranza is the past chairman of the Board of Directors for the Council of the Great City Schools, where he served as a national spokesperson on significant issues facing urban school districts. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, the American Association of School Administrators Executive Committee, and the K to College Advisory Board.

Education Week profiled the Chancellor as a national 2015 Leader to Learn From. Carranza is a fluent Spanish-speaker and an accomplished mariachi musician.
Thought Leadership Exchange Speakers
Douglas Reeves
Renowned Speaker, Researcher, and Author
Reeves is the founder of Creative Leadership Solutions, a non-profit with the mission to improve educational opportunities for students throughout the world using creative solutions for leadership, policy, teaching, and learning. He is also the founder of,, and has created a non-profit called, which helps doctoral students finish their dissertations via phone, Skype, or personal conferences.

Reeves has worked with education, business, nonprofit, and government organizations throughout the world. The author of more than 30 books and more than 80 articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness, he has twice been named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series and was named the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education. Reeves received both the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Parent’s Choice Award for his writing for children and parents. His career of work in professional learning led to the Contribution to the Field Award from the National Staff Development Council. For his international work, Reeves was named the William Walker Scholar by the Australian Council of Educational Leaders.

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