2024 September National Superintendents Forum

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San Antonio, Texas
September 15th
- 17th
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

In a world overflowing with information, how can schools ensure their stories are not just heard but truly understood? Research suggests it takes encountering information 10-14 times for comprehension to truly sink in. But amidst this noise, who tells your school’s story? The answer lies in strategic communication, particularly through the powerful medium of social media.

This workshop delves into the art of intentional social media usage to reinforce your school’s facts and events in a purposeful and meaningful manner. Whether you’re spearheading a district campaign or managing day-to-day activities, this session equips you with a myriad of strategies and ideas to effectively amplify your school’s narrative.

Key Takeaways:
1. Understanding the Power of Repetition: Learn why repeated exposure to information is crucial for comprehension and retention.
2. Crafting Your School’s Narrative: Discover how to shape your school’s story in a compelling and authentic manner.
3. Leveraging Social Media Platforms: Explore different social media platforms and how to utilize them strategically to reach your target audience.

Damien Lacroix’s story of becoming the fifth superintendent in six years in 2005 – and a leadership journey approaching 20 successful years as superintendent in the same district. Success is possible! Participants will learn actionable strategies, including: 
A) Partnering with the board in high impact community engagement;
B) Translating community values into board policies;
C) Integrating board policies into tangible strategic priorities; 
D) Creating a culture of high accountability evenly paired with high superintendent authority;  
C) Establishing an enduring trust in the Board-Superintendent working relationship.

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.  

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. 

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.”
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80% of delegates said this is the best event they’ve attended all year

Past 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. Michael Maclin
Superintendent,
Special School District of St. Louis County

Past and Present Honorary Speakers

Damian LaCroix
Superintendent,
Howard-Suamico School District, Wisconsin
Laura Blessing
Superintendent,
Miamisburg City Schools
Andy Burnett
Director of Exceptional Student Education,
Putnam County School District, Florida
Dr. Chari Chanley
Superintendent
Monroe Township School District, New Jersey
Dr. Brian Clayton
Superintendent,
Hartselle City Schools, Alabama
Rachel Goldberg
Superintendent,
Springfield Public Schools, New Jersey
Dr. Bobby Hart
Superintendent,
Searcy School District
Dr. Antoine Hawkins
Superintendent,
Evergreen School District, California
Dr. Sean Kirksey
Superintendent
Camdenton R-II School District, Missouri

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

Michael Coleman
Superintendent, Maricopa Unified School District (CA)

The RTM events are well thought out, relevant, stimulating and relaxing. They are a welcome forum for educational leaders to recharge and stay focused on the hard work being done daily.

Barry Balaski
Superintendent, Moon Area School District (PA)

I have found the RTM Superintendent Events to be extremely valuable. These events have been a catalyst for collaboration, enabling me to establish lasting relationships with fellow superintendents and educational vendors. The platform's unique environment has allowed for the exchange of ideas and insights, fostering professional growth, and contributing significantly to the success of my educational initiatives. I highly recommend RTM Superintendent Events to anyone seeking a dynamic space for building meaningful connections within the education community.

Brian John Walmsley
Superintendent, Richmond Community Schools (MI)

I found the RTM experience to be an opportunity to rejuvenate my own leadership and focus on the business of education, and not the distractions we face each day. The professional connections with colleagues from across the nation and the opportunity to speak with individuals who are experience similar challenges was rewarding and extremely beneficial. I would recommend RTM experience to any Superintendent.

Ashley McMillian
Superintendent of Schools, Central R-III School District (Park Hills) (MO)

RTM provides an opportunity for networking unlike other conferences I have attended. Seeing and hearing leaders from other states is eye opening in several ways. For one, you see that we all deal with many of the same problems across the country and solve those problems in similar ways. On the other hand, the political structures of the state educational systems vary so drastically that you realize what is the main "fight" in one state may be a much smaller issue in another. You don't get these experiences unless you attend a conference such as what RTM organizes.