2024 October National Superintendents Forum

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Maryland
October 20th
- 22nd
2024

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About The Program

The National Superintendents Forum stands as an esteemed assembly, bringing together Superintendents from K-12 Public School Districts nationwide. A diverse array of districts, hailing from over 20 states and encompassing both rural and urban landscapes, will converge, each grappling with its distinct set of challenges. District sizes will vary significantly, spanning from 2,000 to well over 100,000 students.

Within the program, participants can anticipate a rich tapestry of knowledge with over 20 Superintendent-led content sessions. These sessions are thoughtfully crafted to address timely and pertinent issues prevalent in the ever-evolving landscape of the K-12 industry, with a keen focus on the unique challenges faced by Superintendents.

Topics Of Discussion

School safety is of utmost importance to students, staff, parents and communities.  Leaders are managing a complex and dynamic landscape when it comes to promoting safety.  Dr. Stepenosky will share a number of best practices and methods to develop a multilayered approach to help ensure the safety of students, staff and schools.  Dr. Stepenosky completed his Doctoral Dissertation for UCLA on School Shootings.  During his extensive research, he visited Columbine and Thurston High Schools, and also utilized data from the Secret Service and FBI during his investigation.  

Participants will learn steps to further their leadership journey by modeling social-emotional health and wellness as a school or district leader. Topics include how to set yourself apart and  lead as your authentic self and how to model authentic and connected leadership by amplifying  student voice and meeting families and communities where they are. There will be key practical  takeaways for everyone!

There will also be key takeaways for participants to model for, serve, support, and coach others  the importance of setting intentions, unapologetically advocating for self and others,aspiring  leaders. Using personal and professional stories to connect the audience to specific action oriented takeaways will assist each participant to begin developing who they want to be, how  they want to lead, and the path that guides the next step(s) in the educational leadership  journey to ensure social emotional wellness for students and the adults who serve them each  day.

As a fairly new superintendent, Dr. Hamlett prioritized LOL – listening, observing, and learning – the first two years of her superintendency. In just two short years, Dr. Hamlett was able to shift  the culture of CHCCS by prioritizing a culture of safety and wellness as part of her district’s  strategic plan, modeling the importance of continuous learning, amplifying student voice in  decision making, and prioritizing authentic and connected family and community engagement  and leadership. Dr. Hamlett implemented and/or supported the Superintendent’s Student Equity  & Empathy Ambassadors program, Community Walk & Talks, the Community Resiliency Model  for Educators and Caregivers, and continually leads as her authentic self by implementing the  Lead Simply (Parker, 2012) framework: Model the behavior that you expect to see of others,  connect with those that you lead, and involve them as much as possible.

 

Participant Outcomes

  • Participants will learn what authentic leadership requires through the lens of wellness  and SEL. As a result, participants will be able to set themselves apart, set leadership  intentions, unapologetically advocate for self and others, and lead as their authentic self.
  • Participants will learn how to develop and implement a student-centered advocacy  group grounded in the Our Turn Action Network’s Superintendent Roadmap for Student  Engagement. As a result, participants will be able to amplify student voice, leadership,  and agency. Mobilizing students to advocate for what is equitable and just through their  lens will also be discussed.
  • Participants will learn how to authentically engage with families and communities in  their comfort zone and spheres of influence and be able to “elevate diverse parents and  caregivers as leaders and representatives, and include them in school and district-based  decision-making.” (CHCCS Strategic Plan 2027)
  • Using personal and professional stories to connect the audience to specific action oriented takeaways will assist each participant with beginning to develop who they want  to be, how they want to lead, and the path that guides the next step(s) in their  educational leadership journey.”

Leveraging ESSER funding with Innovative initiatives that are sustainable and impact students, staff, and the community. Santa Fe Public Schools were recognized in the 22/23 SY by the US Department of Education and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden as 1 of 15 model districts around the US in the use of ESSER funding. 

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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. Gyimah Whitaker
Superintendent,
City School of Decatur, Georgia

Speakers

Dr. Almi Abeyta
Superintendent,
Chelsea Public Schools, Massachusetts
Dr. Chan Anderson
Superintendent,
Chesterfield County School District, South Carolina
Michael Ballone
Superintendent,
Marlboro Township School District, New Jersey
John Cabral
Superintendent,
Tauton Public Schools, Massachusetts
Thomas Dolan
Interim Superintendent,
Sewanhaka Central High School District, New York
Dr. Derek Fialkiewicz
Superintendent,
Corbett School District, Oregon
J.R. Green
Superintendent
Fairfield
Dr. Rickie Harris
Superintendent,
West Orange - Cove CISD, Texas
Dr. Kari McGann
Superintendent,
Flemington-Raritan Regional School, New Jersey

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

Brunch

10:05 am - 11:05 am

Strategy Sessions/Business Meetings

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Closing Keynote

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

Phil Jankowski
Superintendent, Anchor Bay School District, MI

This is my third event and they keep getting better. The conference is great about focusing on timely issues that all districts are facing and provides the ability to not only hear from industry experts, but also from colleagues around the country. Every time I attend it challenges my thinking and I leave refreshed with a slew of new ideas to help improve my district.

Debbie Brockett
Superintendent, McMinnville School District, OR

RTM is very unique in design. They focus on networking and opportunities to learn about the different resources available to education. I always leave these events with one or more new contacts and several ideas toward improving my district. They are so impactful that I always try to bring at least one additional district person with me so that it has double the impact!

Tameshia Grimes
Superintendent, Nottoway County Public Schools, VA

RTM is the best conference I attend that is geared specifically for superintendents to network and learn from each other regarding the role of the superintendent. I have left each meeting with lots of resources and ideas from those conversations. Add to that the strategic, one-on-one partner meetings and the value of the conference increases tremendously. My school district’s students and staff members have benefited from my exposure and experiences at RTM.

Dr. Kelly May-Vollmar
Superintendent, Desert Sands USD

RTM provides a unique and valuable experience for all attendees. Sessions and schedules are individualized to ensure participants have an experience that matches their current initiatives. Networking opportunities are among the best of any conferences I attend.