With each Leaders To Learn From report, Education Week‘s aim is simply to shine a light on forward-thinking district leaders who seized on good ideas and executed them well in their school systems. The hope is that other educators—and future leaders—in the nation’s 14,000-plus districts will learn from these leaders’ stories and be inspired to “dream more, do more, and become more” in their own districts.
Like last year’s inaugural report, this 2014 edition profiles 16 district-level leaders. Hailing from 14 states, these leaders serve communities big and small, from rural Alaska to New York City.
7:15 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast Join for breakfast with leaders who work in the fields of most interest to you. There’ll be tables for parent engagement, school climate, ed tech, and more!
8:00 a.m.–8:25 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, and Recognition Presentation Recognition of the work of 8 of the 15—2015 Leaders To Learn From selected by Education Week.
8:25 a.m.–8:40 a.m. Breakouts—Meet the Leaders First 8 Leaders will go to their subject matter tables located throughout the room to discuss with attendees their “Focus of Strength” and to answer any questions attendees have. (Attendees will be encouraged to find their table of interest based on the map of the room provided in the program).
8:40 a.m.–9:10 a.m. Recognition Presentation Concludes Recognition of the work of our final 7 Leaders To Learn From.
9:10 a.m.–9:35 a.m Breakouts—Meet the Leaders Second group of Leaders will go to their subject matter tables located throughout the room to discuss with attendees their “Focus of Strength” and to answer any questions attendees have.
9:35 a.m.–10:05 a.m. District Leader Snapshots (A selection of 2015 Leaders will come to the stage with their reporters and discuss their “Focus of Strength.”)
10:05 a.m.–10:30 a.m. Midmorning Networking Break
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. “Three Keys for Maximizing Leadership Impact” Michael Fullan, education leadership author and expert, and former minister of education, Canada (2003–2013).
11:30 a.m.–12:00 a.m. District Leader Snapshots (A selection of 2015 Leaders will come to the stage with their reporters and discuss their “Focus of Strength”).
12:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. “Ask the ED” Join in a Department of Education Lightning Round featuring Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education Deborah S. Delisle other Department of Education leadership who will take your questions.
Moderated by Virginia B. Edwards, Editor-in-Chief, Education Week
12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Networking Luncheon Uninterrupted time to mingle with those you’ve met at your tables and at the various tables set up throughout the room during our break-outs.