Jeffrey K. Platenberg

“If we can save money [on utilities], we can afford more teachers, and if we can afford more teachers, that’s what we’re here for, teaching and learning.”
— Stephen Voss for Education Week
— Stephen Voss for Education Week
Focus of Strength:Smart Growth
Position:Former Assistant Superintendent of Support Services
District:Loudoun County Schools, Va.

For Jeffrey K. Platenberg, every part of a school should support learning, from the science curriculum to the heating system.

As the assistant superintendent for support services of the Loudoun County, Va., school district, Platenberg worked to find transportation and energy efficiencies to protect the district’s instructional support during a time of tight state education budgets and a rapidly expanding student population. Loudoun County, an outer suburb of Washington, has seen its school enrollment grow from 40,250 students in 2003-04 to 68,289 in the current school year.

“It’s amazing we’ve increased our square footage and decreased our energy consumption; we’re actually saving more money while we’re expanding,” says Platenberg, 51, who, for his work in Loudoun County, was given the 2012 International Eagle Award by the Association of School Business Officials International.

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2015 Agenda

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.

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.

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