Event Details

May 2-3, 2019 | National Capital Area

Leaders To Learn From is a one-of-a-kind live event for K-12 school-district administrators. Meet exceptional district leaders from around the country and learn how they are solving problems and driving change.

Register today and 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, to be announced in February 2019.

Featured Sessions



Advancing Equity and Excellence in New York City Public Schools with Chancellor Richard Carranza—In a keynote presentation, Chancellor Carranza will discuss the moral and societal imperative of creating equitable educational opportunities for children of color and low-income students.


The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing with Daniel Pink—Drawing on a rich trove of research from dozens of fields, Daniel Pink, the best-selling author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, will lead a keynote presentation that will leave you looking at your work, your organization, maybe even your life in fresh and invigorating ways.


Moving Forward With the Whole Learner—In this keynote presentation Bror Saxberg, Vice President of Learning Science for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, will discuss how learning science principles can inform solutions and tools that help teachers meet student needs.

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Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Located just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the Hyatt Regency Crystal City is perfectly positioned to explore the many historic destinations of the D.C.-metro area.

Click here to reserve your room today, or call 703-418-1234. A reduced room rate of $239, plus taxes, per night is available for Leaders To Learn From attendees. The Hyatt Regency Crystal City is located at 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia, United States, 22202. This special rate will expire after April 11.

For those flying, the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is less than 2 miles from the Hyatt Regency Crystal City and a complimentary shuttle to the hotel is available every 20 minutes. For those taking Amtrak, Alexandria station is less than 4 miles away.



“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.
“Having one-on-one conversations with people that I would have never otherwise metthat’s been very powerful.”
—Avis Williams, superintendent, Selma City Schools, Ala.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“One of the things that I really appreciate is the chance to really engage with the facilitators and walk away with actionable steps and strategies that you can go turn around and implement in your schools.”
—Julio Cesar Contreras, principal supervisor and district leader trainer, New Leaders
“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.
“It was so exciting to hear from these other practitioners from across the country. It’s been such a great networking experience for me.”
—Kate McAnelly, chief academic officer, Fayette County Public Schools, Ky.


Single Rate Group Rate—2 or More
Regular Rate $995 $895

*Questions about registration? Contact us here.

Leader Sponsor:Scholastic
Diamond Sponsors:HMH    Renaissance Learning
Gold Sponsors:American Reading Company    Committee for Children    Heinemann     Instructure    NYC Leadership Academy
Event Sponsor:AVID        FIRST  Rosetta Stone
Livestream Sponsor:Solution Tree
Breakfast Sponsor:Benchmark Education

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.