Tech & Learning Announces 2023 Dates for Regional Leadership Summit Series

Tech & Learning Regional Leadership Summit
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Tech & Learning’s Regional Leadership Summits drew hundreds of innovative district administrators from across the country last year. Based on the positive feedback we received for this event, we have launched a new series for the 2022-23 school year.


Tech & Learning’s Regional Leadership Summits bring together the district leaders in a relaxed setting where attendees can talk candidly about how to develop effective district strategic plans. Each free-to-attend summit focuses on the unique needs of the region to give attendees the valuable insight they need to develop action plans. Tech & Learning can also cover a two-night hotel stay for qualified attendees. 

“The ability to collaborate with fellow attendees and speakers is what separates these events from other conferences,” writes one of our recent attendees. “The organization of the event is smooth and thoughtful and I would recommend this event to any administrator who is looking for a relaxing event that is definitely worth your time.”

Carl Hooker speaking at Tech & Learning Regional Leadership Summit

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What follows are the dates and locations of our upcoming Regional Leadership Summits with links to more details:

  • April 22, 2023: Northern California/Silicon Valley: Tech & Learning partners with the Krause Center for Innovation, a nonprofit professional learning organization that partners with individual educators, school districts, county offices, and strategic partners to change the way educators learn. Attendees will work in small groups to discuss ideas and best practices to support innovation in education, and will have the opportunity to tour the KCI Makerspace, a prototyping lab that provides the community with the resources to design and make using a variety of computer-aided design and manufacturing and other tools.  
  • May 5, 2023: New England" On May 4, attendees can take a tour of Minuteman High School, led by one of the nation's foremost CTE experts, enjoy lunch at the school's restaurant, and meet some of the school's students and staff. On May 5, attendees  share their work in small group discussions on topics including: professional development, data privacy & security, rethinking learning spaces, teacher recruitment & retention, staff and student wellness, and more.
  • June 24, 2023: Philadelphia (pre-ISTE): The theme for the June Tech & Learning Leadership Summit, taking place before the ISTE conference, will be "STEM and Inquiry-Based Learning''. Tech & Learning has partnered with the Franklin Institute to explore insights into the future of STEM and take a tour of the museum to see brand-new exhibitions supporting STEM and inquiry-based learning. 

“I love the format of T&L Leadership Summits,” writes another attendee. “In a single day event, I can learn about current issues in the world of ed tech and meet one-on-one with vendor partners who can help me with implementation.”


Speaker at Tech & Learning Regional Leadership Summit

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Each Tech & Learning Regional Leadership Summit follows an agenda that maximizes the opportunity for learning and networking with colleagues. Below is a sample working agenda:


Welcome Dinner


8:30 AM - 9:00 AM:
Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Welcome and Introductions

Edtech luminary and international keynote speaker Carl Hooker brings his enthusiasm and passion for education to the Austin Summit as our host and MC for the day. Carl has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration during his 23 years in education, and he will facilitate fun and interactive conversations throughout the day to ensure attendees walk away with innovative ideas they can put into action. 

9:30 - 10:00 AM: Keynote: Ready, Ready, Set, FAIL! Using Failure and Risk-taking to Unlock Creativity and Innovation 

Our schools have traditionally existed to teach students conformity and compliance. Carl Hooker’s keynote explores how we can create a space where students create innovative ideas to solve the problems of tomorrow? Risk-taking and embracing failure can be great ways to stimulate creativity in the classroom. During this very interactive session based on the best selling book Ready, Set, FAIL!, we’ll discuss the science behind failure and the roadblocks to creativity. After all, It’s not how you fall down, it’s how you get back up!

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Working Groups & Partner Meetings

Attendees either participate in a facilitated small-group discussions focused on important topics related to strategic planning or meet with industry partners. Sample topics include:

  • Rethinking Assessment
  • Building Sustainable Schools & Classrooms
  • Creating an Engaging Learning Environment
  • Rethinking Learning Spaces
  • Professional Development
  • Supporting School Community Wellness
  • Data Privacy and Security
  • Personalizing the Learning Experience
  • And more

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Networking Lunch & Meet Our Partners

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Working Groups & Partner Meetings

Attendees either participate in a facilitated small-group discussions focused on important topics related to strategic planning or meet with industry partners.

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM: APPMazing Race Activity  

Attendees participate in a festive round of Carl Hooker’s “APPMazing Race.” Teams will be assigned a set of activities that get everyone up and moving as they collaborate to solve a series of challenges that teach team building, creativity, and problem-solving. All winning team members receive an Amazon gift card!

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Awards Ceremony 

The winners of the Tech & Learning Innovative Leader awards will be announced. See more details below. 


Four Tech & Learning Innovative Award winners

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As part of our Regional Live Summits, Tech & Learning will recognize exceptional district administrators in select regions around the country who are leading innovation in their schools with our Tech & Learning Innovative Leader Awards. We’re seeking district leaders who are reimagining and reinventing education by developing and launching unique and forward-thinking programs, policies, and best practices that have shown to have a positive impact and are also replicable at other districts. 

All finalists will receive an invitation to the Tech & Learning Regional Summit in their region, including a two-night hotel stay at the event. The winners will be announced at the closing session of the summit. All finalists will be profiled in an issue of Tech & Learning and will receive a Tech & Learning Innovative Leader Award Seal that can be added to all district websites, etc. 

PLUS, all winners and finalists will receive an exclusive invitation to Tech & Learning's Innovative Leader Summit, taking place on December 2 outside of New York City! Find more details here.  


Attendees at Tech & Learning Regional Leadership Summit

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Apply to attend one of our upcoming Regional Leadership Summits here

“The Tech and Learning Leadership Summit was an amazing way to connect with like-minded professionals, learn what others are doing in their school districts, and see hands-on innovative technology,” writes an attendee. “I would recommend a Tech & Learning Summit for anyone in the administrative level of a school district.”