2024 East Education Congress

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®, Orlando, FL
February 18th
- 20th
2024

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About The Program

The East Education Congress is centered around the theme: “Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Empowering K-12 Districts to Achieve More with Less.” Our program delves into today’s most crucial and challenging topics, covering everything from the ESSER fiscal cliff to inventive approaches for sparking student engagement. Led by devoted district leaders from both small and large-scale districts, these sessions offer valuable insights from the heart of K-12 academic departments.

Topics Of Discussion

Learning through Earned Autonomy based on Data (LEAD) Process is a new initiative for the 2023-2024 school year. It is a professional development process where leaders learn from other leaders doing similar work. The philosophy behind this initiative is to collaborate across schools, cohorts, and the district to strategically focus on improving student outcomes. Through this initiative, the district is exploring and addressing the who, what, why, and how (results) for our areas of strength and areas of growth. Expanding earned autonomy with principals, teachers, and students will also be an area of focus as we move forward with this initiative.

In our dynamic educational landscape, the imperative to foster equity in school systems has never been more pressing. Therefore, during this session, we will address the urgency by presenting a comprehensive approach to develop a robust blueprint or framework.

Implementing a new initiative at your district? How can you develop authentic “buy-in” as compared to mere compliance? Learn about the steps one school district is taking to strengthen Tier 1 Instruction Districtwide, with integrity and increasing focus on principal leadership. You will hear about the four main administrative and coaching moves that led to increasing ownership of new practices, assimilation of new language and thinking, shared accountability, and more intentional conversations on instruction.

When students are engaged they volunteer attention, demonstrate curiosity, show commitment to the work, are willing to persevere through difficult challenges, and see the meaning & value in the work. Educators must be intentional and purposeful in designing work for students in order for students to truly engage in the work. They must also show hospitality throughout the school day in order to achieve high engagement. This session will explore what schools could be by honing instructional practices through designing engaging work and considering the effect of hospitality on student engagement.

Any difficulty addressing cultural differences in your building? Any problems connecting with diverse backgrounds? Does your data show misalignments within your populations? If so, what is your plan to help navigate these issues? These questions, and more, will be addressed during this round table session in an effort to give educators tips and strategies to address race, ethnic, and cultural gaps among students and staff. Participants will leave with information to help them to create a blueprint for leading difficult conversations and move forward together.

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81.39% of delegates said this is the best event they’ve attended all year

Keynote Speakers

A dynamic roster of keynote speakers drives innovation at our congress events. Discover thought leaders and game-changers whose invaluable insights foster growth and excellence in each of our delegates.

Jeff McCoy
Associate Superintendent of Academics,
Greenville County Schools
Allison Reid
Senior Director, Digital Learning & Libraries,
Wake County Public School System
Phil Hintz
Chief Technology Officer,
Niles Township High School District 219
Dr. Sheryl Abshire
Former Chief Technology Officer
Stephen McCanless
Superintendent,
Cleveland ISD (Texas)
Milton Batiste III
Superintendent,
St. Landry Parish School Board
Dr. Jennifer Stoecker
Associate Superintendent of Human Resources,
Mansfield Independent School District

Speakers

Laura Bowes
Executive Director of School Improvement,
Duval County Public Schools
Dr. Missy Brooks
Director of Instruction and Special Education,
Mountain Brook Schools
Dr. Antonio Cooper
Director of Curriculum & Instruction,
Vestavia Hills City Schools
Dr. Joseph Depenhart
CTAE Director,
Glynn County School System
Dr. Andre Dukes
Executive Director of Academics
Cherokee County School District
Amanda Hood
Student Services Director,
Mountain Brook Schools
Dr. Effie McMillian
Chief Equity Officer,
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Gina Michalicka
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning,
Hernando County School District
Dr. Megan Mitchell-Hoefer
Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership & Elementary Schools,
Greenville County Schools

The Schedule

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Event Registration

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm

Opening Keynote

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

3:35 pm - 3:15 pm

Afternoon Refreshments and Networking

3:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings/Roundtables Discussions/Workshops

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Welcome Drinks and Dinner

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Opening Panel Session

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning Refreshments and networking

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Strategy Session/Business Meeting

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Roundtable Discussions

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Luncheon

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Roundtables/Business Meetings

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Afternoon refreshements and netwotking

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Business Meetings

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Leadership Talk

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Free Time

6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Networking Drinks and Dinner

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Morning Refreshments and Networking

8:20 am - 9:05 am

Workshops

9:10 am - 9:55 am

Brunch

10:05 am - 11:05 am

Business Meetings

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Closing Panel Discussion

Our Commitments to You

Maximized Networking Opportunities

Cultivate meaningful relationships with peers and thought leaders via networking opportunities and functions, strategically designed and planned by our team ahead of the event.

A personal, customized itinerary

Participants customize their schedule by selecting from various sessions, tracks and private meetings that align specifically with their business needs and goals.

Exclusive qualified attendance

In order to facilitate the most optimal networking and meeting opportunities, participation is invitation only and strictly limited to Senior Level Administrators & Executives.

return on time and objective

Your time and the objectives you have set are our top priority. We strive to facilitate the right meetings and introductions to ensure your time with us is being justified with real value.

Delegate Testimonials

Chief of Assessment, Research, and Accountability
Grand Island Public Schools, NB

On the first day, I felt like an ice cube that melted in the sun. On the second day, my cheeks actually hurt from smiling. On the third day, I was so amazed that I couldn’t sleep. I’m telling you the truth: this conversation that we had across three days has been a career-defining move for me, and I’m so thankful. Relationships that matter! Relationships, trust, meaning. RTM!

Assistant Superintendent
Murray Schools, UT

RTM Conference was well planned, well organized, and provided a great opportunity to connect with educational colleagues and business partners from around the country. I have a better understanding of what tools are out there to help support student and teachers in education, and better insight into what other districts in the country are doing to tackle the challenges of public education today, thanks to this conference.

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