8th Annual Symposium
for Superintendents and Education Leaders

Wednesday, September 28 & Thursday, September 29

The Great Emergence:
Innovations Supporting the New Era of Education

The educational landscape shifted before our eyes. As we emerge from the challenges of the last two years, state commissioners, school superintendents, and district administrators are invited to join national experts, practitioners, and policymakers at Discovery Education’s 8th annual Leadership Symposium.

Convening Innovative Leaders

Join this premier, professional learning event focused on actionable strategies and inspiring and innovative new practices that are best meeting the needs of principals, teachers, and students today. We'll address unfinished learning, prioritize the use of federal dollars, and dig into key factors that will play a role in the future success of students.

Why Attend

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Featured Speakers

Dr. Luvelle Brown Superintendent Ithaca City Schools, NY @LuvelleB Former NY Superintendent of the Year and winner of the 2022 AASA Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award
Jhone Ebert Superintendent of Public Instruction Nevada Department of Education @NVSupt State leader behind the Nevada Ready! initiative for equitable, quality instruction
Akimi Gibson Vice President & Educational Publisher Sesame Workshop Leads the Formal Learning Initiatives, partnerships, and business for Sesame Workshop; Children’s book author, a former program administrator, teacher educator, and literacy coach
Dr. Don Haddad Superintendent St. Vrain Valley Schools, CO @SVVSDsupt Leader in whole school improvement, innovation, and system reform
Dwight Jones Founder & CEO Education Practice and Policy Partners @DwightJones21 Former Superintendent of Clark County School District and Denver Public Schools, Served as Colorado’s Commissioner of Education. He has also served in executive leadership as an EVP in K-12 publishing.
Cody Keenan Former White House Chief Speechwriter for President Barack Obama @codykeenan Holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Northwestern University, Author of Grace.
Dr. Christina Kishimoto CEO & Founder Voice4Equity @Voice4Equity Former State Superintendent of Hawaii and national leader on education policy
Dr. Robert Marzano Chief Academic Officer Marzano Academies @RobertJMarzano Leading education researcher in competency-based education systems, speaker, trainer, and author
Doug Mesecar Partner at Strategos Group @dmes As a former EdTech Senior Executive a U.S. Department of Education Deputy Chief of Staff, Doug ranks among the small number of education consultants who have worked as an education policymaker, entrepreneur, and executive in the private sector.
Dr. Zainab Rida Equity Officer Nebraska Department of Education NDE’s first Equity Officer, Leads the strategic and visionary development and implementation of the agency’s diversity, equity and inclusion
Dr. Melissa Sadorf Superintendent Stanfield Elementary School District @dr_sadorf President Elect of the National Rural Education Association (NREA), President of the Arizona Rural Schools Association, Executive Director of AZ ASCD and Executive Director of the NAU Rural Resource Center
Verletta White Superintendent Roanoke City Public Schools, VA @VerlettaWhite Results-driven, student-centered visionary leader with over 25 years of educational experience in a variety of roles including Teacher, Principal, Chief Academic Officer, Area Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent.
Dr. Paul Ziegler CEO EducationPlus @EdPlusExD Serves member districts mainly through the areas of advocacy, networking, legal issues and leadership with his 29 years of experience in education

Peer-Driven Discussions

The DE Leadership Symposium facilitates valuable, peer-to-peer conversation around top-of-mind topics for district leaders like:
  • • Engaging early learners and eradicating early learning gaps.
  • • High-quality instruction, differentiation, and personalization to reach all students.
  • • Supporting SEL, ELL, and diverse learners with accessible, engaging content.
  • • Supporting ELL and diverse learners with accessible, engaging content
  • • Developing policy leadership skills and diverse policy ecosystems.
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Why Attend


This annual event features highly successful innovative practices from districts across the country, and it always takes a balanced approach to the most important topics. Participants will gain invaluable, in-person networking with their peers, as well as private-sector leaders and state policymakers, through keynote presentations, peer-moderated breakout sessions, and roundtable discussions. Join us as we focus on the current and future state of instruction while sharing best practices and lessons learned from the past two school years in order to best shape the next.

Hotel and Travel

The symposium will take place at the Grand Denver Hyatt in Denver, CO. The symposium program will begin at 6:00 PM MT on Wednesday, September 28 and will conclude at 3:30 PM MT on Thursday, September 29. The St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, CO, is also offering to host a tour of their Innovation Center on the morning of Friday, September 30. The symposium hotel room block at the Grand Denver Hyatt begins the evening of Wednesday, September 28, with the option to stay over on the evening of Thursday, September 29. You will receive instructions on how to book your room in the hotel room block upon registering for the symposium and confirming your attendance. There is no registration fee to attend this event and meals and snacks will be included in the program. Participants will be responsible for the cost of the hotel room night, airfare, and transportation to and from the hotel.