EdLeader21 Annual Event

Plan now to join us in Indianapolis!

The EdLeader21 Network Annual Event is an engaging and inspiring experience exclusively for network member districts to accelerate future-ready, deeper learning for every student. It brings together innovative education leaders – like you – to build relationships, share ideas, learn from one another, and plan for the future.

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The Annual Event Experience

The Annual Event and the EdLeader21 Network set themselves apart through their focus on and commitment to accelerating the work of the Portrait of a Graduate and future-ready, deeper learning. Annual Event allows member districts to send teams to network and collaborate with like-minded educators to fuel their community’s collective visions and bring them to life within their school districts  

This year’s Annual Event experience is taking shape. Our keynote speakers have been set, a school tour has been added as an optional activity, learning sessions and workshops are being reviewed, and Indianapolis awaits. Learn more about what to expect and all the details for this year’s event at the link below.

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EdLeader21 Network Annual Event

No matter where your district is on the journey of implementing your vision of future-ready, deeper learning, participating in the Annual Event will fuel your passion for this work through impactful breakout sessions, inspiring keynotes, and networking opportunities with other educators on this same journey.

During the Annual Event, you will…

  • Build and strengthen collaborative relationships with like-minded educators.
  • Share best practices and stories of innovation, ingenuity, and creativity.
  • Participate in relevant professional learning about implementing your district’s vision of future-ready, deeper learning.
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Annual Event Details

Important Dates for Annual Event 2024

Call for Presenters

  • Submissions are now closed
  • Submissions Reviewed: April
  • Presenters Notified: May
  • Deadline to Accept or Decline: TBD

Portrait to Practice Expo

  • Submissions Open: Feb. 7
  • Submissions Close: June 21
  • P2P Banner Sent for Review: Aug. 2
  • Final Approval of Banner Due: Aug. 9


  • Early Bird Registration: Now-Aug. 4
  • Regular Registration: Aug. 5-Oct. 1
  • Late Registration: Oct. 2-Event Date
  • Final Approval of Banner Due: Aug. 9

Room Block at JW Marriot Indianapolis

  • Closes: Sept. 20
  • Special Rate: $254/room
  • Book Here
Registration & Refund Policy

Discounted rates are available for districts that register a group of 6 or more. Every EdLeader21 Network superintendent receives one free registration.

  • Early Bird Registration: Now-Aug. 4
  • Regular Registration: Aug. 5-Oct. 1
  • Late Registration: Oct. 2-Event Date

Refund Policy:

Partial refunds will be issued for refund requests received on or before August 26, 2024.  A 10% processing fee will be deducted from all refunded amounts. No refunds will be issued after August 26, 2024  Attendee substitutions can be made up to October 15, 2024. Please email eschmidt@battelleforkids.org to request a refund or substitution. 

2024 Location

2024 Annual Event | October 21-23, 2024
Indianapolis, Indiana

JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S. West St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Book Here by Sept. 20, 2024

Portrait to Practice Expo Submissions

The Portrait to Practice Expo is your opportunity to showcase how your district is implementing its vision for future-ready learning – making the Portrait of a Graduate a reality for your students. This is an exciting chance to tell your district’s story during the Portrait to Practice Expo & Reception held during Annual Event.

  • Submissions Are Being Accepted Now!
  • Submissions Close: June 21
  • P2P Banner Sent for Review: Aug. 2
  • Final Approval of Banner Due: Aug. 9
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2024 Schedule At-A-Glance

View the tentative schedule for the 2024 Annual Event!

Let's Connect in Indy!

We are excited that this year’s Annual Event will be held in dynamic Indianapolis, also known as the Circle City! Home to thrilling sporting events like the iconic Indy 500, Indianapolis offers a vibrant mix of unique neighborhoods, exceptional cultural experiences, and the world’s largest children’s museum. It’s a city that promises adventure and discovery at every turn.

This event isn’t just about engaging with top educational leaders and innovators from the EdLeader21 Network. It’s also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Indianapolis. Experience the charm of Monument Circle, wander the scenic Indianapolis Cultural Trail, and enjoy an array of live music, fabulous shopping, and diverse culinary delights. Get ready for an enriching experience both inside and outside the conference venue!

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Portrait to Practice Expo

The Portrait to Practice Expo is one of the most anticipated parts of the Annual Event. EdLeader21 Network member districts are on hand to showcase the impactful initiatives they are implementing to turn their Portrait of a Graduate vision into reality. Innovative stories and artifacts illustrate how members are putting their Portraits into practice and the impact it has on student learning.

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Thank You to Our 2024 Annual Event Sponsors!

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Sponsor the Annual Event

A limited number of sponsorships are available to organizations working with school systems to advance future-ready, deeper learning. As sponsors, you will have multiple opportunities to connect and build relationships with some of the most innovative school district leaders nationwide.

Sponsorship Opportunities