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.

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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. 

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

Indianapolis hosts the largest single-day sporting event in the world - the Indy 500. It's why we're driving home our theme, Accelerate. The collective power of this network helps you connect, learn, and accelerate your vision of 21st century learning.

CDC guidelines and recommendations will be followed to create a safe environment for your professional learning and networking.



Watch Dr. Stephen Laatsch, Superintendent of Saline Area Schools in Michigan, share the benefits of bringing a team to the Annual Event:


Powerful learning happens when you bring a team to the Annual Event. Accelerate the learning—register a group of 6 or more and automatically receive a 10% discount.  

Not sure who to bring? Let Heather, your membership concierge, know how many spots you’d like to reserve and lock in the early bird rate of $599 per person. We’ll reach out later this summer for the names of your team members.






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.

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. 

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. 

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!

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JW Marriott Indianapolis
10 S West St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Room block closes September 10, 2021

Marriot Commitment to Clean




  • Wednesday, May 26: Deadline to submit a proposal
  • Wednesday, May 12: Registration opens with early bird discount
  • Monday, August 2: Early bird pricing ends
  • Friday, September 10: Hotel block closes
  • Monday, October 11: Annual Event begins

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




The Annual Event is the first leg of your year-long professional learning journey as a member of the EdLeader21 Network! Keep your foot on the gas and extend your learning with 2 energizing and inspiring Pit Stops—virtual workshops taking place on December 8 and April 27. 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