Leaders 2018 Live Event Agenda

April 11-12, 2018 | The Mayflower Hotel

1127 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


9:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.

Registration and coffee meet-up

Hall of Leaders opens.
Optional: Gather with fellow attendees and mingle over coffee with the outstanding Leaders To Learn From selected by Education Week.


11:30 a.m.—1 p.m.

Kick-Off Lunch

Join fellow attendees in the grand ballroom for a luncheon. Network with other district leaders who share your interests and begin the discussion on the issues and challenges you face.


1 p.m.—2:20 p.m.

Leader recognition begins

Education Week President and CEO Michele J. Givens begins the day recognizing our first group of Leaders. In conversations with reporters who profiled them, they’ll share their stories from the stage.


2:20 p.m.—2:50 p.m.

Follow the Leaders

2nd Floor
Join the Leaders you’ve just heard from for a half-hour lightning round of questions, answers, and inquiry, when you’ll have the opportunity to engage directly with these exceptional district administrators.


3 p.m.—3:25 p.m.

Deep Dive Discussions

2nd Floor
Choose one of our featured hot topics and spend an hour diving more deeply into the subject area that interests—or perhaps challenges—you most in the work you do.

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
Evie Blad, Staff Writer, Education Week

There’s a growing swirl of interest around social-emotional learning as promising research findings and new policies, like the Every Student Succeeds Act, motivate many schools to explore SEL. But there are many questions to be answered as the movement scales up. For starters: What exactly is SEL? Can it be measured? What are the essential elements of a good SEL strategy? And how can schools and states both prepare and help teachers create supportive communities for their students and embed these principles into their instruction? We’ll dive in and talk about what educators are seeing on the ground.

Supporting Principal Instructional Leadership
Julio César “JC” Contreras, Principal Supervisor/Head of Schools, KIPP San Antonio, Texas

Join Julio César Contreras, Leaders To Learn From 2016, to review key practices and moves that will enhance the support, growth, and alignment between a principal supervisor and principal, which will positively affect student achievement. In a conversation with Contreras, you will learn strategies about:
• How to structure your time and focus as a principal supervisor and coach
• Importance of coaching through observation and feedback
• Leading a district with a narrowed focus on student impact

Learn more about Contreras’ work

Personalized Learning
Benjamin Herold, Staff Writer, Education Week

Personalized learning has emerged as one of the hottest, most muddled, most controversial trends in education. How are district leaders trying to make school more personalized? How does that jibe with the messages coming from Betsy DeVos, Mark Zuckerberg, and a wide range of ed-tech companies and state policymakers? What challenges are schools facing as they actually begin implementing personalized-learning models? Together, we’ll cut through the hype and confusion to tackle these questions.

STEM Education
Stephen Sawchuk, Associate Editor, Education Week


 
 
 
 
Dive deep into the state of STEM education in this session with reporter Stephen Sawchuk.

 


3:30 p.m.—4 p.m.

Industry Perspective Sessions

2nd Floor
Stay right where you are, because in this half hour of your topical discussion, you’ll hear from industry leaders making a difference in:
•  Social-Emotional Learning – Content provided by Committee for Children, Creators of the Second Step Program
•  Instructional Leadership
•  Personalized Learning – Content provided by Curriculum Associates
•  STEM Education


4:15 p.m.—5 p.m.

Closing Keynote: A Year in the Life of Two Leaders

Former Leaders To Learn From honorees discuss what they’ve experienced in the past year in providing students the teaching and learning they need, and uniting the parents and communities they serve.


5 p.m.—6:30 p.m.

All-Attendee Reception

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018


7 a.m.—8 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

Hall of Leaders


8 a.m.—9 a.m.

Opening Keynote: Visible Learning Mindframes: How Educators Think Matters

Grand Ballroom

John Hattie
Professor of Education and Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute,
University of Melbourne, Australia, and Author, Visible Learning

John Hattie’s landmark Visible Learning research concluded that one of the most important influences of student achievement is how teachers think about learning and their own role. These powerful mindframes, which should underpin every action in schools, are founded on the principle that teachers are evaluators, change agents, learning experts, and seekers of feedback who are constantly engaged with dialogue and challenge.


9 a.m.—10 a.m.

Leader recognition begins

Education Week President and CEO Michele J. Givens introduces our second group of Leaders for 2018. In conversations with reporters who profiled them, they’ll share their stories from the stage.


10:20 a.m.—10:50 a.m.

Follow the Leaders

2nd Floor
Join the Leaders you’ve just heard from for a half-hour lightning round of questions, answers, and inquiry, when you’ll have the opportunity to engage directly with these exceptional district administrators.


10:50 a.m.—11:20 a.m.

Networking Reception Break

2nd Floor atrium
Take a break with your new colleagues and fellow participants to enjoy refreshments, network, and discuss what you’ve learned.


11:20 a.m.—11:50 a.m.

Industry Perspectives

2nd Floor
For the first half of these topical discussions, hear from industry leaders making a difference in:
•  Teacher Professional Development – Content provided by Corwin
•  English-Language Learners
•  Early Learning – Content provided by Waterford Institute
•  Assessment – Content provided by Renaissance Learning

“Unlocking Student Talent”
Gene Kerns, chief academic officer, RenaissanceEducators help students build expertise. Despite their critical role in the overall process, many teachers are unaware of the research on how expertise is truly developed. Guided by the inaccurate folklore around talent we unconsciously limit the aspirations of our students and ourselves and fail to align our schools and classrooms for optimal growth. You can promote expertise systematically and consistently, and research documents this. Kerns’ session will focus on:
⁃ Essential research covering the 100-year span of the study of expert performance.
⁃ The actual role that genes and innate talent play in our overall success.
⁃ The qualities of “deliberate practice,” heralded as “the most powerful approach to learning that has yet been discovered.”
⁃ Practical ideas on implementing the “science of expertise” in our schools and classroom.

11:50 a.m.—12:15 p.m.

Deep Dive Discussions

Hold onto your seats and dive even deeper into the subject area that interests—or perhaps challenges—you most in the work you do:

Teacher Professional Development: What schools are doing to make it more meaningful and relevant
Liana Loewus, Assistant Managing Editor, Education Week Teacher

Teacher professional development: Ideally, it’s an opportunity for growth, skill-building, and rejuvenation. Yet far too often it’s seen as an exercise in futility. The emphasis on fulfilling PD requirements, which are generally measured in “seat time,” can lead to teachers taking courses that have little to do with what they want or need to improve their craft. But some schools and districts are looking to change that dynamic. They’re entrusting teachers to create their own PD plans, encouraging collaboration with colleagues in place of one-off seminars, and measuring in personal growth rather than hours.

Assessment
Catherine Gewertz, Senior Contributing Writer, Education Week

The last five years have seen a whirlwind of debate and activity on testing. States rushing to embrace tests designed for the common core, and then abandoning those tests. An assessment backlash that put districts under pressure to cut back local tests. More states using college-entrance exams to measure high school learning. A big push to measure learning by demonstrating competency, through projects and portfolios. The testing landscape can be confusing and multilayered, but we’ll make sense of it together in this fun, free-ranging conversation.

English-Language Learners
Corey Mitchell, Staff Writer, Education Week

Meeting the needs of English-language learners has emerged as one of the biggest challenges in education today. Many district leaders are grappling with how their schools can effectively educate this special population and the numbers bear out their concerns: despite recent gains, English-learner graduation rates in most states lag well behind the national average. We’ll explore who these students are and what they need from schools—inside and outside of the classroom—to succeed on the path to learning English and earning a high school diploma.

Early Learning
Christina Samuels, Associate Editor, Education Week

Scores of researchers agree: high-quality early-childhood programs have a positive impact on the academic trajectory of young children. But what counts as “high quality?” And how do education leaders ensure that the children who need such programs have access to them? These questions raise thorny issues around funding, teacher workforce development, and curriculum, among others. Join us for a discussion that explores how some communities have invested in early education, and the challenges that remain.


12:30 p.m.—1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch


1:30 p.m.—2:15 p.m.

Closing Keynote

Agenda subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.
 

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

 

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

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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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