Connect With Education’s Top Leaders

Connect With Education’s Top Leaders

Bring Their Lessons Home

  • Build your professional network of America’s most influential education leaders.
  • Hear from this year’s honored guests and learn firsthand what’s working to improve outcomes and save money
  • Register today to be eligible to receive Leaders To Learn From 2015 Digital Networking Guide , featuring the names of all confirmed attendees. This exclusive list is only available to registered participants.

This year’s class of leaders invite you to share in their successes. They will provide behind-the-scenes stories of their programs as a blueprint for solutions you can use back home. The leaders recognized will be joined by top-level education executives with more than $40 billion in budget responsibilities and the motivation to bring cost-effective solutions to their school districts. Participants come from every region of the United States to do more than just shake hands—they come to move mountains. To reserve one of the remaining places in the room, please register today.


Education Week’s
2014 Leaders To Learn From

Dennis J. Dupree Sr

Superintendent, Clarksdale Municipal School District, Miss.

Leads initiatives to bring rich curricula and innovative academic programs to an impoverished school system, funded by an infusion of grant money.

Bertrand Weber

Director, Culinary and Nutrition Services, Minneapolis School District

Converts school cafeterias to real kitchens and recruiting professional to create recipes for healthy school meals.

Julie A. Bowline

Director, Instructional Technology, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Thornton, Colo.

While facing severe budget cuts, redeploys the district’s librarians as digital-literacy teachers to work alongside regular classroom teachers.

Steven Hodas

Executive Director, Innovate NYC Schools, New York City Department of Education

Invites entrepreneurs to devise digital solutions to real problems faced by teachers through the innovative Gap App Challenge and Music Education Hackathon.

Maria Santos

Deputy Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District, Calif.

Ensures ELL students are part of the academic mainstream—with strategies such as “instructional rounds,” like those in teaching hospitals, to show teachers’ best practices.

Aaron Grossman

Core Task Project Leader, Washoe County Public Schools, Nev.

Steers efforts to implement curriculum standards without commercial programs, but rather, through enlisting teachers to discover what works for them and share results with colleagues.

Tracy Hill

Executive Director, Office of Family and Community Engagement, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Gives parents a firsthand look at postsecondary options and an introduction to college campuses through Parent University College Tours.

B.J. Worthington

Superintendent, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, Tenn.

Expands STEM integration the district’s 37 schools through teacher externships, a STEM academy, and an emphasis on solving local, real-world math and science problems.

Kelvin R. Adams

Superintendent, St. Louis Public Schools

Mary J. Armstrong

President, St. Louis Teachers Union

Work together to develop early childhood learning educators and expand the number of preschool seats to keep families in a school system facing dropping enrollments.

Gail Pletnick

Superintendent, Dysart Unified School District, Ariz.

Implements a competency-based pathway to high school graduation known as Move On When Ready—where students to learn and advance at their own pace.

Nicholas Gledich

Superintendent, Colorado Springs School District 11, Colo.

After seeing his district through a raging wildfire, directs his staff to offer their battle-tested wisdom to another district threatened by wildfires.

Dan Walker

Assistant Superintendent, Lower Kuskokwim School District, Alaska

Uses technology to keep 4,000 students in 23 small, remote communities connected to high quality learning programs, such as national robotics competitions and a summer film academy.

Robert Runcie

Superintendent, Broward County Public Schools, Fla.

Works to end the district’s once-adversarial relationship with the county’s 95 charter schools and forges authentic working collaboration.

Dennis Creedon

Assistant Superintendent, School District of Philadelphia, Pa.

Keeps alive a robust arts education program during an intense budget crises by enlisting community artists, marshaling research evidence, and integrating the arts into core subjects.

Mary Newell

Director of Nursing, Kent School District, Wash.

Raises awareness of children’s health problems and teaches school nurses to work with classroom teachers to better identify and manage chronic conditions such as asthma.

The Most Insightful Leaders in Education, All in One Place

This event is a rare chance for leaders like you—leaders from Alaska to Florida to New England—to share ideas and learn from each other.

Everyone arrives ready to learn—and is motivated and energized to invest in their schools and find cost-effective solutions for their students and stakeholders. When America’s leading educators come together, success happens.

Registered district leaders represent:

  • Arlington Public Schools, Va.
  • Baltimore County Public Schools, Md.
  • Boston Public Schools, Mass.
  • Chicago Public Schools, Ill.
  • Clark County School District, Nev.
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Ohio
  • Columbus City Schools, Ohio
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Detroit Public Schools
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools, Ind.
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools, Ga.
  • Hartford Public Schools, Conn.
  • Jersey City Public Schools, N.J.
  • Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii
  • Little Rock School District, Ark.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District, Calif.
  • New York City Department of Education, N.Y.
  • ReNEW Charter Schools, La.
  • Washoe County School District, Nev.
  • St. Louis Public Schools, Mo.
  • School District of Philadelphia, Pa.

The lessons from this day are sure to spark innovation and success back home. Reserve your place now.

Produced with support from The Wallace Foundation, at

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.