The EdLeader21 Annual Event is an engaging and inspiring experience exclusively for network member districts to accelerate 21st century 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.

No matter where your district is on the journey of implementing your vision of 21st century learning, participating in the Annual Event will fuel your passion for this work through meaningful interactions with other educators on this same journey.
Not an EdLeader21 Network member? Contact Jeff at to learn more and join. 

Relive this year's Annual Event in Houston by checking out the blog's below! Missed it this year? Plan to join us in St. Louis in 2023!

read the pre-event blog

read the day 1 recap blog

read the day 2 recap blog

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 21st century learning.



Plenary Sessions

Thought-provoking and innovative presentations from national education leaders. More details coming soon!

Learning Sessions

In these 75-minute sessions, educators share their innovative ideas, strategies, and initiatives around creating and implementing their district’s vision for 21st century education. Learn more about learning sessions. 

Portrait to Practice Expo

Learn how members are implementing their district's vision for 21st century learning—making the Portrait of a Graduate a reality for every student. Innovative stories and artifacts will illustrate how members are putting their Portraits into practice and the impact it has on student learning. Learn more about the Portrait to Practice Expo.




Early Bird Registration: $699 
Standard Registration, starting August 3: $799 
Late Registration, starting September 7: $899 
Registration fees include breakfast and lunch.  

Bring a team to the Annual Event! Register a group of 6 or more and automatically receive a 10% discount. Also, as a benefit of being an EdLeader21 Network member, superintendents receive one free registration. 

Maximize the impact of your ESSER funds by bringing an expanded team to engage in professional learning to advance 21st century, deeper learning for every student impacted by the effects of COVID-19. 

Not ready to register with the names of your full team? Let us know how many spots you’d like to reserve and lock in the early bird rate. We’ll reach out closer to the event date for the names of your team members.



Thursday, September 29

7 am-1 pm │ NASA Tram Tour at Space Center Houston │ $110

Get a behind-the-scenes look at human space exploration on a private tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). Located on 1,600 acres, JSC is the training base and home to our nation’s astronauts and the site of the Apollo Mission Control Center, where a talented cadre of flight controllers support the work of our women and men in space. The center plays a pivotal role in enhancing scientific and technological knowledge to benefit all of humankind. 


Thursday, September 29

9am-12pm  |  Leading Deeper Learning Assessment Practices

What does it look like to lead and support the shift to deeper learning assessment practices? This workshop will introduce you to the “top hits” from BFK’s Assessment21 and Leader21•Principal professional learning series. You’ll learn key assessment practices for 21st century skills and mindsets, along with transformative leadership skills necessary to actively promote and scale these practices in your schools.


Tuesday, September 27

7:10pm  |  Houston Astros Game 

Join your fellow EdLeader21 Network members for an evening of major league baseball as we watch the Houston Astros take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. We have reserved a block of seats near left field. Minute Maid Park is 0.2 miles from the event hotel, about a 5-minute walk.




Marriott Marquis Houston 
1777 Walker St.
Houston, TX 77010

Conference hotel block is full. Please visit other area hotels for stay options.

Marriot Commitment to Clean

Westin Houston Downtown
1520 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002

Overflow hotel block is full. Please visit other area hotels for stay options.




  • Wednesday, April 13: Registration opens
  • Wednesday, August 3: Standard registration rate begins
  • Monday, September 5: Hotel block closes
  • Wednesday, September 7: Late registration rate begins
  • Tuesday, September 27: Annual Event begins

As we continue to build out the details, information will be shared on:

  • Our Website: Bookmark this page
  • Collaboration Platform for Members:
  • Member Twitter hashtag: #EdLeader21Network




There is a limited number of sponsorships available to organizations working with schools systems to advance 21st century, deeper learning. As sponsors, you will have multiple opportunities to connect and build relationships with some of the most innovative school district leaders from across the country. Contact Liz at to learn more and become a sponsor. 

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