EDUCATION LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

Permanent Rays of Light: Planning for the 21-22 Year Ahead

Tuesday May 11, 2021
8:30am-1pm PT | 11:30am-4pm ET
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As an education leader, the past year may have put you into survival mode, but many of the pandemic measures have positively impacted students, staff, and communities. At the inaugural ThoughtExchange Education Leadership Summit, we dug into the practices that have proven successful during the COVID-19 school year to help leaders like you build a framework for replicating them in your district.
Attendees joined former superintendent and current Director of Education Operations, Dr. Dennis Carpenter, for a half-day virtual conference with education leaders from around the country. Throughout the Summit, we used the ThoughtExchange platform to actively take part in the discussions and help shape the conversation around what the school year should look like in 21-22 and beyond.
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KEYNOTE

The Task Behind the Mask: Strategies for Being Close at Heart

(While Practicing Social Distancing 😉 )
Keith L. Brown CEO, THE I'M POSSIBLE INSTITUTE
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The ThoughtExchange Education Leadership Summit brought leaders together for a three-part conversation

SESSION 1

Permanent Rays of Light

What to Carry Forward to Next School Year

Join our Superintendents Leadership Council (SLC) members in a roundtable discussion on successful practices that were instituted within their organizations during and due to the pandemic.
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SESSION 2A

Navigating National Budgets

It’s a trying time for your district, and consistent communication with your community is what’s going to get you through it. Your teachers, students, and families need to know that you’re present with them at every stage of this crisis. This session will center on leaders who are approaching budgeting with community trust in mind.
Dennis CarpenterDirector, Education Operations ThoughtExchange
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SESSION 2B

Reversing the Pandemic Slide

Children across most school districts have experienced some level of regression over the last year and this is especially true of students who have traditionally been furthest away from opportunity in schools. In this discussion, education leaders will discuss ideas that will support their communities and students in this area.
Andy Krenz

Director of Education
ThoughtExchange

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SESSION 3

Staff Morale and Mental Health

Join our Chief People Officer, Dessalen Wood, in a candid discussion with Dr. Will Henson, Clinical Director of 321Insight. You’ll have the opportunity to speak in small groups with your peers and share some of the successes and challenges you’ve had with staff morale during the pandemic.
Dessalen WoodChief People Officer ThoughtExchange
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Permanent Rays of Light Attendees Reactions

  • Interesting to hear the focus of different boards around the country.
  • This was super impactful and powerful.
  • A good opportunity to hear perspectives from across diverse school groups.
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Speakers

Dr. Robert Avossa

President
K-12 Leadership Matters

Dr. Mark Bedell

Superintendent
Kansas City 33 School District

Keith L. Brown

CEO
The I'm Possible Institute

Dr. Yolanda Cargile

Superintendent
Center School District

Sean Chase

Director of Education
Holy Trinity Catholic SD

Dr. Susan Enfield

Superintendent
Highline Public Schools

Dr. Dana Godek

Manager, Policy & Research
K-12 Leadership Matters

Dr. J.A. Gonzalez

Superintendent
McAllen Independent SD

Dr. Will Henson

Clinical Director & Statewide Special Education Consultant
321Insight

Dr. Devon Horton

Superintendent
Evanston/Skokie District 65

Dr. Robert McBride

Superintendent
Lockport Township High SD #205

Kristine Orr

Superintendent
South Glens Falls Central SD

Jeff Snell

Superintendent
Camas School District

Wade Stanford

Superintendent
Westwood ISD


Hosts

Dennis CarpenterDirector, Education Operations ThoughtExchange
Andy Krenz

Director of Education
ThoughtExchange

Dessalen WoodChief People Officer ThoughtExchange