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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.

Not an EdLeader21 Network member? Contact Jeff at jeff@battelleforkids.org to learn more and join.
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.

This year’s Annual Event is in person on October 11 – 13 in Indianapolis. CDC guidelines and recommendations will be followed to create a safe environment for your professional learning and networking.

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 districts vision of 21st century learning





New this year! To help you build and strengthen collaborative relationships across the EdLeader21 Network, you will be placed into a networking group—a crew. Each crew will be a mix of job roles and school districts. Your crew will meet once a day to check-in with one another, share what you’ve learned, and set a foundation that will allow your relationship to continue beyond the Annual Event.

Keynote & Plenary Sessions

Thought-provoking and innovative presentations. More details coming soon!

Learning Sessions

In these 60- to 75-minute sessions, educators share their innovative ideas, strategies, and initiatives around creating and implementing their district’s vision for 21st century education. Share your work and inspire others at the Annual Event! Here’s how!

Networking Sessions by Role

Always a favorite! These job-a-like sessions allow you to connect with peers to discuss challenges and successes unique to your role within the school district.

Portrait to Practice Fair

Learn how members are implementing their visions for 21st century learning—making their Portrait of a Graduate a reality for their students. Innovative stories and artifacts will illustrate how members are putting their Portraits into practice and the impact it has on student learning. Share your work and inspire others at the Annual Event! Here’s how!

Celebrate Battelle for Kids’ 20th Anniversary

Join us for a reception to celebrate our impact over the last 20 years while looking to the future!



JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S West St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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




The Annual Event is the first leg in your year-long professional learning journey as a member of the EdLeader21 Network! Stay on course with 2 energizing and inspiring Pit Stops—virtual workshops taking place in Winter 2021 and Spring 2022. During these half-day, interactive experiences, you will take a deep dive into a specific topic to build capacity, collaborate, and learn with one another to make sustainable transformations in your school system.

Pit Stops are exclusively for EdLeader21 Network members. The topic of each Pit Stop will be selected by popular vote at the Annual Event in Indianapolis.

As an attendee of the Annual Event, your registration includes access to both Pit Stops -- a value of $198


If you have any questions about the EdLeader21 Annual Event, please email us at edleader21@battelleforkids.org.