September 29–October 3, 2020

A fully virtual event happening this year! 

EdLeader21 is the national network of Battelle for Kids dedicated to advancing 21st century education. The Annual Event is open to EdLeader21 Network members. Not a member? Learn more! Please contact Jill at

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A special note about staying connected during the Covid-19 crisis 

For 10 years, the Annual Event has been the largest gathering of the network’s 200+ members, bringing together like-minded education leaders from across the country to network, share ideas, learn from each other, and plan for the future.   

Our team has been thinking about how our largest network experience—the EdLeader21 Annual Event—will look different this year.  We are not canceling the Annual Event; but we are reimagining it and converting it to a virtual experience September 29–October 3.   

No one knows exactly what schools will look like the rest of this year. Or even what our school experience will be like when we return in the fall. We just don’t know yet.    

But what we do know: because of this new reality, everything is being reimagined. There are so many stories of innovation, ingenuity, and creativity. Talk about 21st century learning in practice!   

It certainly is an interesting challenge to transition a large, inspiring event to a virtual experience, and our team is ready to try new things, and continue finding innovative ways to collaborate as a professional learning network.  


  • AE20  will not take place in Orlando as originally planned; it will be an innovative virtual experience for all EdLeader21 Network members during the same dates this fall: September 29–October 3.  

  • AE20 will be a whole new kind of engagement and interaction—with  new ways to learn  together and  share our work.  A  virtual engagement will allow  you  to connect  with even more members across the country!   

  • Our keynote speakers and education partners (including Dr. Pedro Noguera and Jay  McTighe) are excited to be a part of our virtual  experience.  

  • As we continue to build out the details, we will post information  for network members here:  

Here is what you will still be able to do this fall during our fully virtual Annual Event:

The virtual experience September 29–October 3 will encourage courageous, innovative leaders in education to share work to energize other members on the same journey. Stay tuned for more details.

We will invite you to share how you’ve brought 21st century learning to life in your school or district. The Annual Event will include keynotes, facilitated conversations, and much more! Stay tuned for more details about how you can inspire others during this event.

Event Highlights

Keynote Speaker


Be a Sponsor

Through this year’s fully immersive virtual event, you'll have even greater opportunities to connect and establish relationships with some of the most innovative school systems across the country.

For more info about sponsoring the EdLeader21 Annual Event, please contact Kat at



If you have any questions about this year's virtual experience, please contact Erin at