The Edleader21 Network Spring Superintendent Summit is a unique opportunity for you to recharge, learn, and connect with colleagues from across the nation to advance deeper learning for every student.

The 2023 summit is in person on March 8-9 in Columbus, OH. More details will be released soon! In the meantime, see what last year's inaugural event offered participants while being held in Phoenix, AZ.

This interactive, collaborative experience will help you apply compelling new thinking, research, tools, and practices to scale and sustain deeper learning across your district. In this 1.5-day experience, system leaders will…

  • Reflect on and expand your leadership practices in four key areas: leading yourself, leading others, leading the organization, and leading the learning.
  • ​Explore relevant topics for today’s system leader including current models of leadership, equity, brain-based learning, hope, and systems change.
  • Consider new ways to engage and unify your community around a shared aspiration for every student’s success in the 21st century.
  • Engage with like-minded district leaders from across the country to advance an inspiring future for education.
  • Visit a Phoenix-area school that models innovative human capital practices to support deeper learning for every student. 




4 Leadership Practices for Advancing Deeper Learning  

Engage with like-minded district leaders from across the country to reflect on and expand your leadership practices.



Why is being a reflective leader key to being an effective leader? Based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, Tim Spiker, and Adam Grant, you’ll explore this question through interaction and guided reflection. Their findings reveal that “Who you are is how you lead” (Brené Brown) and the corollary “¾ of your effectiveness as a leader comes from who you are, not what you do” (Tim Spiker).

In this session, education leaders will…

  • Explore key themes from the national bestselling books Dare to Lead and the recently released Atlas of the Heart.  
  • Investigate Brené Brown’s 3-part “Theory on Cultivating Meaningful Connection”.  
  • Learn how self-awareness is a key element to creating connections as leaders.



Hope is more than passive, wishful thinking. Hope requires action and engagement—and is both a skill and a mindset. This evolving body of research reveals that how you think about the future is directly correlated to your actions in the present. Hope empowers you to find your way in a time of uncertainty, take courageous action in a time of fear, and persevere in the face of adversity. Hope sets the stage for visionary leadership and propels us to take collective action on the vision—Portrait of a Graduate.

In this session, education leaders will… 

  • Explore the science of hope through the essential ingredients of goals, pathways, and agency. 
  • Engage with other system leaders to reflect on leadership mindsets and practices that build positive energy and momentum for the district’s vision. 
  • Make connections to the current, local context to identify why hope matters to students, staff, and the community. 
  • Map hope-building strategies to the local Portrait of a Graduate competencies to build momentum for the district’s vision. 
  • Take away practical, research-based strategies and resources to cultivate hope in students, staff, and the broader community. 



A critical aspect of leading systems transformation for deeper learning is to provide supportive conditions at every school. This transformation requires new modes for supporting principals and teachers as they shift their roles to advance deeper learning for every student.

In this session, education leaders will explore these essential questions:

  • How to (re)define success for building leaders and teachers with a focus on deeper learning and equity?
  • What are the big ideas for system leaders as you support educators in designing, facilitating, and assessing deeper learning experiences for every student?
  • What is the newest information about creating supportive conditions for principals and teachers in this work?
  • How can we use current research on the brain and learning to support principals and teachers in making these shifts in the design, facilitation, and assessment for deeper learning?  
  • How can principals and teachers help engage the broader ecosystem/community in these shifts?



Effective systems change is essential for educational transformation. In this session, we will explore how current models of systems change are being used to accelerate equitable, system-wide transformation to deliver on the vision of deeper learning. Education leaders will reflect on how to best align the entire system to implement deeper learning for every student using innovative models, resources, and practices.

In this session, education leaders will explore these essential questions:

  • What are the most relevant change models to support system alignment?  
  • What are the most current practices for inspiring and engaging the broader ecosystem, including the community, in implementing your vision for deeper learning for every student?
  • How can you apply current brain research to professional learning—in support of student learning?  
  • How can we connect the 4 areas of the Leadership Framework to scale deeper learning throughout the system for every student?
  • How can we use our network of colleagues to accelerate and sustain this work?




School Site Visit  

Travel with other system leaders to Mesa Public Schools, the largest school district in Arizona, as we visit Westwood High School. This site visit features their Portrait of a Graduate in action with a tour of Westwood High School’s team-based models and conversations with district leaders, educator teams, and elementary and secondary principals.

Mesa Public Schools is partnering with Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to design the Next Education Workforce. You will observe these innovative, human capital practices in support of deeper learning. 





Dr. Karen Garza

President & CEO, Battelle for Kids

Valerie Greenhill

Vice President, Battelle for Kids

Jamie Meade

Vice President & Chief of Staff, Battelle for Kids

Mickey Porter

Certified Dare to LeadTM Facilitator & Education Leadership Consultant

The school site visit is hosted by Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in collaboration with Mesa Public Schools. 



Schedule at a Glance

All times are Pacific Time Zone.

Tuesday, March 15

1-5 pm │ Urban District Cohort Meeting (invitation only)
5-8 pm │ Welcome Reception & Dinner

Wednesday, March 16

7-8 am │ Registration & Breakfast
8 am-12 pm │ Spring Superintendent Summit
12-1 pm │ Lunch
1-4 pm │ Spring Superintendent Summit
5-7 pm │ Dinner

Thursday, March 17

6:45-8:30 am │ Breakfast & Travel to Westwood High School
8:30 am-12 pm │ Spring Superintendent Summit  
12-1 pm │ Lunch
1-5 pm │ EdLeader21 Network Advisory Meeting (invitation only)

Friday, March 18

9 am-12 pm │ EdLeader21 Network Advisory Meeting (invitation only)




Standard Registration: $299/person

EdLeader21 Network Members: $199/person

Superintendents may also register one other leadership team member to join this collaborative experience.




The Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix
2 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Room block closes February 25, 2022




Thank You to Our Event Sponsor



If you have any questions about the Spring Superintendent Summit, please contact our Events Director, Erin Schmidt, at eschmidt@battelleforkids.org.
To learn more about the EdLeader21 Network and to join, contact Jeff at jeff@battelleforkids.org