10 Must-Watch Videos for School Leaders

For seven years, Education Week has been recognizing outstanding school district leaders with its annual Leaders To Learn From report and live event. Throughout those seven years, we’ve produced some outstanding video as well – including inspirational video profiles of our honorees and recordings of thought-provoking presentations from our events. Below is a list of our top 10 videos (selected by our editors). More leadership videos are available at video.edweek.org.

1. What Is a Growth Mindset?

Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University and author of “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” defines the growth mindset concept in this one-minute explainer.


2. The Journey to a Growth Mindset – Carol Dweck’s Live Keynote Presentation

Renowned psychologist and author Carol Dweck discusses how her research around growth mindsets is sometimes being misinterpreted or poorly implemented. This hour-long presentation was part of our 2016 live event and has been viewed over 15,000 times.


3. What Is Grit? Should Schools Be Judged for How ‘Gritty’ Students Are? Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist and author of “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance,” defines grit and explains how it should be used in schools in this one-minute video.


4. How Schools Can Accomplish More by Doing Less – Mike Schmoker

In this hour-long keynote presentation from our 2017 live event, Mike Schmoker, author of “Leading With Focus,” highlights the three most essential elements of good schooling and pinpoints where schools should focus their precious time and resources.


5. Three Keys for Maximizing Leadership Impact – Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan, adviser to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario, Canada, describes how school leadership can maximize impact in his hour-long keynote address at our 2015 event.


6. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. Discusses His Childhood, ESSA, and More

Former U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. discussed the challenges and opportunities facing schools in this half-hour session from our 2016 event.


7. Education-Leadership Lightning Talks: Confronting Poverty, Teachers as Chemists, and Racial Equity

Former Leader to Learn From honorees Tiffany Anderson, Dennis Creedon, and Valeria Silva share insights and learnings from the years they’ve spent as district leaders. Their short presentations (20 minutes in all) were part of our 2016 event.


8. A Passion for Arts Education – Interview With Dennis Creedon

For Leader to Learn From Dennis Creedon, his own childhood experiences with arts therapy inspired his mission to integrate arts education with academic learning. The assistant superintendent of the Philadelphia school district talks about his work championing the arts in the classroom in this short interview.


9. Leaders to Learn From: Tiffany Anderson

Tiffany Anderson, a 2015 Leader to Learn From, recognized that to improve her students’ performance in the classroom, she first had to address their needs outside of the classroom. See Anderson in action in this profile from 2015.


10. Bringing Play Back to Kindergarten Classrooms – Meet Steve Oates

Steve Oates, a veteran teacher of 1st-graders, led an initiative to bring play back to kindergarten classrooms in North Carolina’s Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school district. He was honored as a Leader to Learn From in 2016. See him in action in this video profile.


Want more leadership videos? Watch video from our most-recent live event or view profiles of all of our 2018 Leaders To Learn From.

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Produced with support from The Wallace Foundation, at www.wallacefoundation.org

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.