Call for Presenters

The most powerful sessions at the EdLeader21 Network Annual Event are from members – like you! Sharing your work inspires others and can accelerate 21st century, deeper learning for every student.



Two Ways to Share Your Work

Learning Sessions 
Lead a learning session and share innovative ideas, strategies, and initiatives around creating and implementing your district’s vision for 21st century education. 

Portrait to Practice Expo 
Showcase how your district is implementing its vision for 21st century learning—making the Portrait of a Graduate a reality for your students. Share artifacts that illustrate how you put your district's Portrait of a Graduate into practice and the impact it has on student learning. 




Get to know the session strands

The following are the session strands or focus areas for this year’s event. As you prepare your presentation proposal, please ensure that it is aligned with one or two of the strands.

This strand will focus on how districts are taking concrete steps to implement their vision for deeper learning and the Portrait of a Graduate. Sessions within this strand will address topics such as change management, community engagement, strategic planning, alignment of the educational system, and communicating impact/progress.
This strand will explore ways districts empower students to take ownership of their learning and become active agents in the educational process. Sessions within this strand will focus on topics such as student voice, student agency, and student-led learning.
This strand will examine how districts support educators in their professional growth and development as they shift towards deeper learning practices. Topics in this strand include human capital practices, professional learning, and teacher voice.
EdLeader21 Network members are working diligently to advance deeper, 21st-century learning for every student everywhere, resulting in high-quality, equitable experiences and outcomes. This strand will focus on how districts approach Portrait of a Graduate implementation through an equity lens.
This strand will explore new and innovative approaches to designing, implementing, and assessing deeper learning. This will include sessions that explore topics such as deeper learning assessment practices, design thinking, competency-based education, personalized learning, and technology integration.
This strand focuses on fostering well-being, hope, and belonging in students and educators across the school system. Through these sessions, attendees will learn how to create a culture of care and support for all students and educators and how this culture can be leveraged to improve student outcomes and engagement. In addition, this is an opportunity for school district leaders and teachers to come together, share best practices, and leave with actionable strategies for promoting well-being, hope, and belonging in their schools.


Submit a Portrait to Practice Story

Note: If you would like to tell the story of your district’s journey to develop and implement your Portrait of a Graduate, consider submitting your presentation for the Portrait to Practice Expo rather than a learning session.


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Submission Guidance

Know your audience.

The EdLeader21 Annual Event brings together over 600 education leaders from across the country who are dedicated to advancing 21st century deeper learning for all students. Last year’s attendees represented a range of roles, including 39% district-level administrators, 25% principals or assistant principals, 15% teachers or teacher leaders, and 13% superintendents.

When you submit your proposal, please specify the role(s) for which your presentation is best suited.

Understand the format.

Learning sessions give EdLeader21 Network members an opportunity to share their innovative ideas, strategies, and initiatives around 21st century, deeper learning. Learning sessions are 75 minutes in duration and set up in rounds of 8-10 people per table. The sessions should be interactive, engaging, and provide practical, actionable information and resources.

Submit your proposal.

When submitting your proposal, please include the following information:

  • Contact information for the presenter submitting the proposal,
  • Session strand(s) and target audience,
  • Title and description for the learning session,
  • Learning outcomes attendees will take away from the proposed session.
  • Please note that EdLeader21 Network membership is required to submit a proposal.


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