Event Details

April 11-12, 2018 | The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Leaders To Learn From is a one-of-a-kind live event for leaders in every area of K-12 education. Learn how extraordinary trailblazers in the field are solving problems and driving change in school districts across the U.S.

Join more than 250 of America’s most influential K-12 leaders for workshops, case studies, Q&A, networking and more, led by Education Week’s newest class of Leaders To Learn From.

“The Leaders To Learn From conference is a phenomenal opportunity to learn from the best in the field.”
—Dennis Creedon, superintendent, Mahopac Central School District, N.Y.
“It’s an opportunity to network with some of the most incredible leaders in this country. It’s like bringing the publication of Education Week into 3D”
—Marcus Newsome, superintendent, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Va.
“It’s inspiring to hear these first-person testimonials. People have worked hard to find solution paths, and they’re sharing them. It’s a contagious enthusiasm.”
—Elizabeth Ward, Coordinator, Elementary Mathematics, Los Angeles Unified, Calif.




“I probably learned more at Leaders To Learn From than I learn at conferences specifically for my field.”
—Trise Moore, equity and family engagement director, Federal Way School District, Wash.


Featured Sessions

• Visible Learning With John Hattie—Best-selling author, and professor of education, John Hattie will deliver the opening keynote on the concept of “visible learning” and how it influences student achievement.

Expert-Led Workshops­—Deep-dive learning sessions led by former Leader To Learn From honorees, Education Week reporters, and other proven subject-matter experts.

“Follow the Leaders”—Join the Leaders To Learn From honorees of your choice for a chance to pick their brains; each will be ready to talk about his or her area of expertise.

District Leaders Snapshots—A selection of 2018’s Leaders take the stage with Education Week reporters for a deeper dive into their stories of challenges and solutions.

• View the Complete Agenda

“The sessions really introduced me to a number of different types of issues out there. I was emailing my staff back home. I’m saying, ‘We have to take a look at this. We have to consider some of these new ideas.’ ”
—Todd Gray, Superintendent, School District of Waukesha, Wis.


The Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.
The Mayflower Hotel, located at 1127 Connecticut Ave, NW, blends historic tradition with modern luxury and has been a vibrant social hub in Washington, D.C., since opening in 1925.

Reserve your room at the Capital Hilton. The Capital Hilton is located two blocks from the Mayflower at 1001 16th St, NW, and a reduced room rate of $379 plus taxes per night is available for Leaders To Learn From attendees. Click here to reserve your room(s).

Other nearby hotel options include Hotel RL Washington DC, Beacon Hotel, and Kimpton Topaz Hotel.

For those flying into Washington, D.C., the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is only 5 miles from the Mayflower Hotel. For those taking Amtrak, Union Station is just 2 miles from the Mayflower Hotel.

EDUCATION LEADER ATTENDEE Your Rate Regular Rate Your Savings
District/School Administrators, University Faculty, Government Personnel, etc.
Early Registration Discount—Expires April 7 $895 $1295 $400
INDUSTRY LEADER ATTENDEE Your Rate Regular Rate Your Savings
Product & Service Providers, Consultants, Professional Associations, etc.
Online Registration Discount—Expires April 7 $1495 $1895 $400


“Every year we see something different that we can take back. I tell my staff, ‘I’m so excited. This is the one event every year that I enjoy.’ “
—Cary Powers – Special Advisor, Duplin County Schools, N.C.


Groups of two or more save $100 on each registration.


*Questions about registration? Contact us here.


Diamond Sponsors:Renaissance Learning    Scholastic      Scholastic
Gold Sponsors:Committee for Children Corwin        Curriculum AssociatesNew Teacher Center
Event Sponsor:NYC Leadership Academy
Leader Sponsor:Waterford Institute


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.