Leaders To Learn From 2019 Live Event Agenda

May 2-3, 2019 | National Capital Area

 

Day One


Check In | Hall of Leaders

Registration & Badge Pick Up Opens

8 a.m.


Thought Leadership Exchange | Potomac Room

Great to Greater: How the Best Schools and Education Systems Keep Getting Better

9:15 a.m. — 10:15 a.m.
 
Although many schools and educational systems make improvements, the typical outcome, after several years, is a plateau in performance. Learn how to break through the plateau and achieve greater performance.
 

Douglas Reeves
Douglas Reeves, Author and Founder, Creative Leadership Solutions

Thought Leadership Exchange | Potomac Room

Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing

10:15 a.m. — 11 a.m.
 
Empowering schools to establish and nurture a culture of powerful reading and writing is difficult, but can be transformative for students. How do you best support administrators and teachers and make potent use of the tools already at your disposal?
 

Lucy Calkins
Lucy Calkins, Founding Director, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

Thought Leadership Exchange: Breakout 1 | Potomac Room 1

It’s All About Relationships!

11:15 a.m. — 12 p.m.
 
Successful leaders build strong networks through positive relationships. Join a trio of experts to learn (and practice) how to develop and sustain authentic relationships that provide support in the demanding role of district leader.
 

Julie Ramos
Julie Ramos, Director of Strategic Innovation, Wickliffe City Schools, Wickliffe, Ohio
Kelly Spivey
Kelly Spivey, Executive Director of High AIMS, and (retired) Superintendent Talawanda City School District, Oxford, Ohio
Nancy Wagner
Nancy Wagner, Superintendent, River Trails District 26, Mt. Prospect, Ill.

Thought Leadership Exchange: Breakout 2 | Potomac Room 1

Project-Based-Learning: The How’s, What’s, and Why’s of PBL

11:15 a.m. — 12 p.m.
 
Are you a district leader looking to create a learning environment that is both meaningful and engaging for students? Explore the how’s, the what’s, and the why’s of project-based-learning and how it drives student achievement.
 

Mike Miele
Mike Miele, Educational Strategies Specialist, Highlander Institute

Networking | Grand Ballroom

Leaders To Learn From Welcome Luncheon

12 p.m. — 1 p.m.
 
Enjoy a catered luncheon with your peers. Meet more of your fellow district leaders at “birds-of-a-feather” tables and discuss your morning thought leadership exchanges.
 

Hosted by:
 

Scott Montgomery
Scott Montgomery, Editor-in-Chief, Education Week

Leader Recognition | Grand Ballroom

District Leader Snapshots

1 p.m. — 1:50 p.m.
 
Our first group of Leaders share their stories from the stage in conversations with Education Week reporters.
 

Joanna Burt-Kinderman
Joanna Burt-Kinderman, Instructional Coach, Pocahontas County School District, Buckeye, W.Va.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Math Instruction
Christie-Jo Adams
Christie-Jo Adams, Fine Arts Instructional Specialist, Richmond Public Schools, Richmond, Va.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Integrating Arts Instruction
Angela Ward
Angela Ward, Supervisor of Race and Equity Programs, Austin Independent School District, Austin, Texas
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Cultural Proficiency
Suzanne Lacey
Suzanne Lacey, Superintendent, Talladega County Schools, Talladega, Ala.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Educational Technology
Shomari Jones
Shomari Jones , Director of Equity and Graduation Success, Bellevue School District, Bellevue, Wash.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Closing Opportunity Gaps

Grand Ballroom

Ed Talk

1:50 p.m. — 2 p.m.
Get ready for a lightning fast ed talk from 2018 Leaders To Learn From Honoree Judy LoBianco.
 

Judy LoBianco
Judy LoBianco, PreK-12 Supervisor, Livingston public schools, Livingston, N.J.

 


Breakout Session | Potomac Rooms

Follow the Leaders

2:10 p.m. — 2:35 p.m.
 
Join the Leader of your choice for a lightning round of questions, answers, and inquiry. Dive into their work and learn value takeaways you can implement in your district.
 

Joanna Burt-Kinderman
Joanna Burt-Kinderman, Instructional Coach, Pocahontas County School District, Buckeye, W.Va.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Math Instruction
Roberto Padilla
Roberto Padilla, Superintendent, Newburgh Enlarged City School District, Newburgh, N.Y.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Districtwide Equity
Angela Ward
Angela Ward, Supervisor of Race and Equity Programs, Austin Independent School District, Austin, Texas
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Cultural Proficiency

Breakout Session | Potomac Rooms

Industry Perspectives

2:35 p.m. — 3 p.m.
 
Hear from K-12 marketplace leaders making a difference through innovative products and services.
 

Gold Sponsor: Heinemann

Responsive Leadership: A School’s Journey to the Top Three

Pam Smith, Area Sales Director, Heinemann Publishing, Former Principal of Avery Elementary School in Cherokee County, Ga.
 
Come join Smith, a former principal, as she shares details of how she led literacy reform in a time of change and resistance. Two changes set her school on a track for success within one year. Reform efforts began in a school, but ultimately impacted an entire district.

 
 

Leader Sponsor: Scholastic

Equity through Comprehensive Literacy

Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic Education
 
How do we ensure our students, educators, and families are receiving the supports they need to be successful? In this session we will focus on leveraging the transformative power of comprehensive literacy to create equitable opportunities. Learn how this can be reflected through a framework that combines curriculum, professional learning, and family and community engagement.

 
 

Gold Sponsor: Committee for Children

Ignite an SEL Revolution in Your District

Joan Cole Duffell, Executive Director, Committee for Children
 
Schools and communities worldwide are discovering the benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL). It empowers educators; creates successful learners; and connects students, staff, and families with a common language. Duffell will showcase districts transformed by the Second Step SEL program and share best practices for igniting an SEL revolution.


Networking | Hall of Leaders

Afternoon Break

3 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.


Breakout Session | Potomac Rooms

Follow the Leaders

3:30 p.m. — 3:55 p.m.
 
Join the Leader of your choice for a lightning round of questions, answers, and inquiry. Dive into their work and learn value takeaways you can implement in your districts.
 

Suzanne Lacey
Suzanne Lacey, Superintendent, Talladega County Schools, Talladega, Ala.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Educational Technology
Shomari Jones
Shomari Jones , Director of Equity and Graduation Success, Bellevue School District, Bellevue, Wash.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Closing Opportunity Gaps
Judy LoBianco
Judy LoBianco, PreK-12 Supervisor, Livingston public schools, Livingston, N.J.
Area of Expertise: Student Wellness

Breakout Session | Potomac Rooms

Industry Perspectives

3:55 p.m. — 4:20 p.m.
 
Hear from K-12 marketplace leaders making a difference through innovative products and services.
 

Diamond Sponsor: Renaissance

New Findings: Studying the Reading Habits of 8 Million Students
Revelations From the World’s Largest Annual Study of K–12 Student Reading Habits

Eric Stickney, Senior Director of Educational Research, Renaissance
 
What Kids Are Reading is the world’s largest annual study of K–12 student reading habits. For the 2019 edition, researchers analyzed the reading practice data of more than 8.7 million students to explore key questions about reading:
• How much do kids read?
• How much should kids read?
• How does reading affect student growth and achievement?
 
The answers may surprise you. Come explore the latest findings and gain new insight into student reading.

 
 

Diamond Sponsor: HMH

Creating Equity Through Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

Matthew Mugo Fields, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Supplemental and Intervention Solutions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 
Guests:
Dr. Michael T. Connor, Superintendent, Middletown Public Schools, Middletown, Conn.
Sancha K. Gray, Superintendent, Asbury Park School District, Asbury Park, N.J.
Dr. Sharon Johnson-Shirley, Superintendent, Lake Ridge New Tech Schools, Gary, Ind.
 
We all know that equity in education is a vital issue, but how do we tackle it from a fresh perspective? Education leaders will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Fields for an action-oriented discussion around how we can come together across sectors to create lasting change for today’s students.


Keynote | Grand Ballroom

Advancing Equity and Excellence in New York City Public Schools

4:30 p.m. — 5:15 p.m.
 
In his first year as chancellor of New York City’s 1.1 million-student system, Chancellor Richard Carranza is pursuing an agenda he calls “Equity and Excellence for All,” which seeks to upend decades of entrenched policies and practices that have made New York City’s schools some of the most segregated in the country. His agenda seeks to support all students academically, socially, and emotionally from early childhood through 12th grade.
 
In his keynote remarks, Carranza, one of the most forceful advocates on equity and desegregation, will discuss the moral and societal imperative of creating equitable educational opportunities in New York City—and in public school systems across the country—for children of color and low-income students.
 
Carranza, who began his career in education as a social studies teacher, previously served as superintendent in the San Francisco Unified School District and the Houston Independent School District. He was recognized as one of Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From in 2015 for his work on behalf of English-language learners.
 

Richard Carranza
Richard Carranza, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education

Networking | Hall of Leaders

All-Attendee Welcome Reception

5:15 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
 


 

Day Two


Networking | Hall of Leaders

Breakfast

8 a.m. — 9 a.m.



Keynote | Grand Ballroom

The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

9 a.m. — 10 a.m.
 
We all know that timing is everything. Trouble is, we don’t know much about timing itself. Our business and professional lives present a never-ending stream of “when” decisions. But we make them based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, we believe, is an art. In this provocative and entertaining presentation, multiple New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink will show that timing is a really a science—one we can use to make smarter decisions, enhance our productivity, and boost the performance of our organizations.
 
Drawing on a rich trove of research from dozens of fields, Pink will show:
 

•   How the hidden pattern of the day affects our analytic and creative capabilities—and how simple work rearrangements can improve our effectiveness,
•   Why breaks are more important than we realize and what the emerging science reveals about the kinds of breaks that are most restorative for the modern workplace,
•   Why reaching the midpoint of a project sometimes drags us down and other times fires us up—and how to tell the difference,
•   The four ways that endings shape our behavior and how to use endings to spark motivation, improve customer experiences, and deepen a sense of meaning and purpose in the workplace,
•   How groups synchronize in time—and how leaders can use the three rules of “synching fast and slow” to turbocharge team performance.

 
Deeply researched, packed with takeaways, and tailored to each audience, Pink’s presentation will leave you looking at your work, your organization, maybe even your life in fresh and invigorating ways.

 

Daniel Pink
Daniel Pink, Best-Selling Author, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Drive, and A Whole New Mind

Leader Recognition | Grand Ballroom

District Leader Snapshots

10 a.m. — 10:50 a.m.
 
Our second group of Leaders share their stories from the stage in conversations with Education Week reporters.
 

Roberto Padilla
Roberto Padilla, Superintendent, Newburgh Enlarged City School District, Newburgh, N.Y.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Districtwide Equity
Jeff Hawkins
Jeff Hawkins, Executive Director, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, Hazard, Ky.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Innovation
Wendy Wyman
Wendy Wyman, Superintendent, Lake County School District, Leadville, Colo.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in School Turnaround
Emilio Pack
Emilio Pack, CEO & Founder of STEM Preparatory Schools, Los Angeles
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Access & Opportunity for Students of Color

Grand Ballroom

Ed Talk

10:50 p.m. — 11 a.m.
Get ready for a lightning fast ed talk from 2017 Leaders To Learn From Honoree Joseph Williams.
 

Joseph Williams
Joseph Williams, Executive Director of Technology, Perris Union High School District, Perris, Calif.

 


Breakout Session | Potomac Rooms

Follow the Leaders

11:10 a.m. — 11:35 a.m.
 
Join the Leader of your choice for a lightning round of questions, answers, and inquiry. Dive into their work and learn value takeaways you can implement in your district.
 

Jeff Hawkins
Jeff Hawkins, Executive Director, Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, Hazard, Ky.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Innovation
Wendy Wyman
Wendy Wyman, Superintendent, Lake County School District, Leadville, Colo.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in School Turnaround
Emilio Pack
Emilio Pack, CEO & Founder of STEM Preparatory Schools, Los Angeles
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Access & Opportunity for Students of Color

Breakout Session | Potomac Rooms

Industry Perspectives

11:35 a.m. — 12 p.m.
 
Hear from K-12 marketplace leaders making a difference through innovative products and services.
 

Gold Sponsor: New York City Leadership Academy

A Systemic Approach to Building Equitable School Systems

Nancy B. Gutiérrez, President & CEO, NYC Leadership Academy
David Rease, Jr., National Leadership Facilitator, NYC Leadership Academy
 
Gutiérrez and Rease will share their approach to strategic planning with a focus on confronting and dismantling inequitable practices in schools, a process developed from our deep experiences and research with school systems throughout the United States. Participants will receive a copy of our Equity at Work diagnostic tool and best practices.

 
 

Gold Sponsor: Canvas

Robust Professional Development + Dedicated Team = Intense Focus on Student Achievement

Rob Bixler, Associate Superintendent, Curriculum and Digital Learning, Orange County public schools (OCPS), Orlando, Fla.
 
At OCPS, we want to be the top producer of successful students in the nation, and we know we that can’t accomplish this without our teachers. It’s critical to support our teachers with robust PD and self-directed learning opportunities. In this session, Bixler will share how he and his team approach teacher PD to impact student achievement.

 
 

Gold Sponsor: American Reading Company

High-Quality Curricula: Seize The Moment
A Roadmap for Improving Outcomes and Achieving Equity

Barbara Smith, Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, American Reading Company
Amelia Van Name Larson, Executive Vice President of Innovations and Academic Partnerships, American Reading Company
 
A growing body of evidence underscores the importance of high-quality curricula for student growth. Join us to:
 
• Explore the elements of high-quality curricula that really matter in student learning.
• Disrupt the traditional division of curriculum and instruction.
• Consider implications for leadership throughout the system.
• Examine how systems can support and manage real change.


Breakout Session | Potomac Rooms

Follow the Leaders

12:05 p.m. — 12:30 p.m.
 
Join the Leader of your choice for a lightning round of questions, answers, and inquiry. Dive into their work and learn value takeaways you can implement in your district.
 

Christie-Jo Adams
Christie-Jo Adams, Fine Arts Instructional Specialist, Richmond Public Schools, Richmond, Va.
Area of Expertise: Leadership in Integrating Arts Instruction
Joseph Williams
Joseph Williams, Executive Director of Technology, Perris Union High School District, Perris, Calif.
Area of Expertise: Educational Technology

Networking | Grand Ballroom

Lunch

12:30 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.



Keynote | Grand Ballroom

Moving Forward With the Whole Learner

1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
 
•   What does “success” look like when educating the whole learner?
•   What are the barriers to students starting, persisting, and putting in mental effort to their learning?
•   How do we practically put what we know about these things, and learning itself, to work to help educators and students?

 
In this presentation, you’ll learn from Bror Saxberg about how learning science principles can inform solutions and tools that help teachers meet student needs.
 

Bror Saxberg
Bror Saxberg, Vice President of Learning Science, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

 

Agenda subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.
 
 

Thought Leadership Exchange
Too often at meet-ups in the K-12 world you are expected to just jump in and begin introducing yourself. Education Week’s Thought Leadership Exchange openers are designed to help you connect with other attendees prior to your first “networking” moment. Our goal is to kick-off the day with rich, shared experiences so that by lunch you feel as if you’re among old friends.
 
Dive into a variety of great ideas, new ways of thinking, and build new understandings of approaches greater school district leadership. Then put away your notes, pull up a chair, and dine with your new cohorts as we begin your 2019 Leaders To Learn From recognition ceremony.
 

 

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

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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