JOIN US SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2023, in St. Louis!

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.

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.

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. 


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Tuesday, Sept. 26

5-7 p.m. | Registration

Wednesday, Sept. 27

8-10:30 a.m. | Welcome & Keynote: Sucheta Kamath  
10:30-11:45 a.m. | Learning Sessions
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. | Lunch
1-2:30 p.m. | Learning Sessions
2:45-4 p.m. | Job-a-Like Sessions
4-5:30 p.m. | Reception & P2P Expo Kick-off

Thursday, Sept. 28

8:30-10 a.m. | General Session
10:15-11:45 a.m. | Learning Sessions
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. | Lunch & Team Time 
1:15-2:30 p.m. | Learning Sessions
2:45-4 p.m. | Closing General Session 

Friday, Sept. 29

7 a.m.-1 p.m. | School Tours (optional) - includes travel time

  • Mehlville School District
  • Elementary/High School Tour
  • Middle/High School Tour



2023 EdLeader21 Annual Event Program







Download a PDF of the program by clicking the arrow on the left hand side of the digital version above.




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  • Our Networks Mobile App
  • Member Twitter hashtag: #EdLeader21Network




Registration for the 2023 Annual Event is now open!

Early Bird Registration: $799 (Apr. 19-Aug. 1, 2023)
Standard Registration, starting August 2: $899 (Aug. 2-Sept. 5, 2023)
Late Registration, starting September 6: $1049 (Sept. 6-Event Date, 2023)
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. 

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.

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Marriott St. Louis Grand 
800 Washington Ave. 
St. Louis, MO 63101

Room Rate: $199/night | Room Block Closes: Sept. 5, 2023

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Opening Session Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to welcome Sucheta Kamath, Executive Function Expert, to the main stage of the 2023 EdLeader21 Annual Event as our keynote speaker. As a precursor to student agency, executive function— cognitive processes and mental skills that help individuals plan, monitor, and successfully execute their goals— is essential for building Portrait of a Graduate skills and competencies.

Sucheta Kameth, Annual Event Keynote Speaker


Sucheta is a world-renowned educational leader specializing in executive function, an award-winning speech-language pathologist, a TEDx speaker, and an entrepreneur. A life-long learner, educator, and mentor, Sucheta is the recipient of multiple professional awards for developing process-specific training programs designed to teach mastery of executive function, memory, higher-order cognition, and self-regulation. 

Closing Session Keynote Speaker

Doannie Tran, Ed.D., will take the main stage as the closing keynote speaker where he will share a message on the critical topic of engaging communities in transforming education and reigniting democracy. Dr. Tran is the co-author of “The Open System: Redesigning Education and Reigniting Democracy”. The book serves as a call to action for school and community leaders to reframe educational institutions as open systems that are adaptable and responsive to the needs of students, families, and communities.   

Photo of Doannie Tran

  • Dr. Tran taught middle school and high school science in both Oakland, California and Boston, Massachusetts, before leaving teaching to help launch the Massachusetts region of Teach For America in 2009.
  • While doing his doctoral work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he was sponsored as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NewSchools Venture Fund, launching an education technology company called the Teaching Genome. 
  • He later served as an assistant superintendent in both Boston Public Schools and Fulton County Schools (Georgia), respectively.
  • Currently, at the Center for Innovation in Education, he focuses on family and community empowerment as a lever for systems change. He is also co-founder of the Open Systems Institute, which develops the capacity of leaders to co-create and co-produce with communities. 

Learning Sessions

In these 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. 

School Tour (Add-On Experience)

At this year’s Annual Event, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in unique school tours of the Mehlville School District. You and your team can sign up for this add-on experience when you register for the Annual Event in St. Louis. Learn more about the school tour.

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. 

see an example Portrait to Practice submission



Relive the 2022 Annual Event in Houston and plan to join us in St. Louis September 27-29, 2023!





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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