2024 July National Superintendents Forum

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® , Orlando, FL
July 14th
- 16th

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About The Program

The July National Superintendents Forum is an exclusive opportunity bringing together approximately 70 Superintendents from across the country for a unique blend of professional development and networking opportunities. Our keynote session, “Don’t Flinch – Authentic & Connected Leadership,” sets the tone, emphasizing the importance of genuine leadership in education. Highlighted topic areas include Navigating Career Pathways for High School Students, exploring Lindsay Unified’s Innovative Residency Program, Unlocking Effective Communication Strategies for Districts, Developing Professional Learning Communities, and gaining insights into Intentional Leadership in a Polarized Society. Join us for this transformative event designed to equip Superintendents with valuable insights, resources, and connections to navigate the challenges and opportunities in education leadership.

Topics Of Discussion

Join us as we delve into the essential techniques to foster transparent, collaborative, and impactful communication within school districts. Discover proven methods to engage stakeholders, including parents, teachers, administrators, and the wider community. Learn how to navigate challenges, leverage digital platforms, and cultivate a culture of open dialogue. This session equips you with the tools to enhance communication dynamics and drive positive outcomes in your school district.

Lindsay’s Superintendent Tom Rooney will share how the district has built and sustained a “build your own” pipeline that provides a path for Lindsay graduates to attend college and return to teach in Lindsay through the Lindsay Residency Program.

In this dynamic discussion, we will delve into the innovative approach our high school is taking to prepare students for their future careers. Rather than offering a one-size-fits-all curriculum, we are breaking new ground by introducing distinct schools within our high school framework. Through the establishment of specialized schools such as the School of Medicine, School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Business, School of Fine Arts, School of Law, and School of Liberal Studies, we aim to provide tailored educational experiences that align with diverse career aspirations. Join me in a learning conversation on how high schools can effectively connect students to careers before they leave.

On a Sunday morning in the Fall of 2023, Pulaski County Schools received notification of a cyber security attack on the entire school system. The attackers demanded a ransom to be paid within a day’s time or they threatened to shut down our entire technology infrastructure.
– How did our school division deal with this situation? Were schools closed due to this attack?
– What were the responsibilities of the staff?
– What consequences did we face from the attack?
– What organizations were involved in resolving this situation?
– What were the financial implications of such an attack on the school division?
– How long did it take Pulaski County Schools to repair systems and become fully operational again?
– Most importantly, what did we learn from this attack and how are we preparing our school division for other similar attacks on our technology systems?

In today’s polarized society, effective leadership requires more than just responding to exigencies from all directions. This closing keynote will empower superintendents to cultivate intentional leadership – a proactive approach that shapes, guides, and drives positive change within your district.
Join us as we explore:
– Why Intentionality Matters: Discover the significant impact of intentional leadership on student success, staff development, and overall district effectiveness.
– Beyond Urgency: Learn to differentiate between intentionality and urgency, ensuring your leadership focuses on long-term goals while navigating immediate challenges.
– Leading with Intention: We’ll delve into practical strategies for demonstrating intentional leadership across key areas, including fostering educational equity for all students.

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80% 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.

Dr. Nyah Hamlett
Chapel Hill- Carrboro City Schools
Dr. Kirsten Allman
Executive Director of Special Programs,
Klein Independent School District
Alyx Schultz
Assistant Director of Special Ed,
Klien Independent School District


Jordan Cox
Commack Union Free School District
Rick Croslin
Chickasha, Oklahoma
Joe Eiland
Butler County (Alabama)
Robert Graham
Pulaski Co Pblc Schs, Virginia
Dr. Miriam Mickelson
Sedo-Woolley School District
Dr. Kenneth Moore
Superintendent, Wynne School District (Arkansas)
Dr. Brian Nichols
New Kent Co Pblc Schs
Tom Rooney
Lindsay Unified School District

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

3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

3:35 pm - 5:45 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings/Roundtable Discussions/Workshops

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Free Time

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Welcome Reception & Dinner

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Networking Breakfast

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Morning Keynote/Panel Session

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Morning Refreshments & Networking

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Workshops/Roundtable Discussions

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Networking Luncheon

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Roundtables/Business Meetings/Workshops

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Closing Day Keynote

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

Free Time

6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Networking Reception & Dinner

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Morning Refreshments & Networking

8:20 am - 9:05 am

Workshops/Roundtable Discussions

9:10 am - 9:55 am


10:05 am - 11:05 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Closing Keynote

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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

Stephen W. McCanless
uperintendent, Cleveland Independent School District (TX)

Learned more on day one of #rtmk12 than I've learned in the last 20 years of numerous conferences and workshops.

Jason Mundorf
Superintendent, Kearney Public Schools (NE)

The RTM conference was incredibly well organized with a plethora of topics and information that is valuable for Superintendents. The discussions with other practicioners will illuminate strategies for improvement and ideas for improvement consideration. The conference is definitely worth your time!

Michelle DeWitt
Superintendent, Lyford Consolidated Independent School District (TX)

This has been an outstanding conference. The setup has made every meeting and session very intentional supporting the specific needs at my district.

Stephen W. McCanless
Superintendent, Cleveland Independent School District (TX)

RTM has exceeded my expectations. In all my 20 years of attending various conferences and workshops, I learned more at RTM on day 1 alone, and there are 2 more days of this conference! RTM has hit it out of the ballpark!!