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The DA Leadership Institute 2020 Academic Leadership Summits, promise to be a time for rich learning and collaboration as you engage with district level leaders for teaching, learning, and curriculum from districts across the country, learning about the challenges and advances in curriculum design and delivery across all levels.

The goals of the summit and initial topics of discussion for the convening are:

  1. ACQUIRE strategies for leading change
  2. EXAMINE “The Opportunity Myth”
  3. EXPLORE a framework for technology innovation
  4. GAIN tools to examine current practice
  5. COLLABORATE around problems of practice
  6. CONNECT with the best in class solution providers

The Academic Leadership Summit is an exciting, collaborative professional development event exclusively for chief academic officers, assistant superintendents of curriculum, assistant superintendents of teaching & learning, directors of curriculum, directors of teaching and learning. Please join us to learn about the challenges and advances in curriculum design and delivery across all levels with your peers from across the country.

There is no fee to attend and your hotel and meals will be covered by the institute. Accommodations, food, and entertainment will be provided by District Administration. Attendees will only be responsible for travel expenses. Attendance is limited to 70 CAO’s, assistant superintendents of curriculum and STEM or curriculum directors per summit.

For questions contact us at or (561) 622-0352

Private: Fall 2020 Cohort – VIRTUAL

Oct 6-13, Dec 10-12

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Leaders Inspiring Leaders

Past Featured Speakers

Dr. Tequilla Brownie

Executive Vice President, The New Teacher Project (TNTP)

Dr. Tequilla Brownie

Dr. Tequilla Brownie, a native Arkansan, is passionate about interrupting intergenerational poverty and improving social mobility for all students, and views education as a key conduit for equity and meaningful change. Brownie is an executive vice president with The New Teacher Project (TNTP), a national education consulting firm based in Brooklyn, New York. Brownie co-leads TNTP’s consulting team that works with districts and departments of education all over the country. Her team’s work is focused on improving local and national academic outcomes and disrupting educational inequities.

The Opportunity Myth: What 4,000 Students Can Teach Us About How Schools are Letting Them Down—and How to Fix It

Leslie Fisher


Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fishers interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.

After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.

In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple’s road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions.

Dr. Peter Gorman

Superintendent in Residence
Former Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Dr. Peter Gorman

Dr. Peter Gorman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Peter Gorman Leadership Associates LLC, has been recognized nationally as an education leader and for developing outstanding leadership teams with more than 25 years of experience in education and business. He is the author of the book “Leading a School District Requires Clarity, Context, and Candor: An Aligned System to Increase Student Achievement at Scale” and contributing editor of “Board & Administrator” writing the lead column monthly. Along with his responsibilities at Peter Gorman Leadership Associates, Dr. Gorman is Superintendent in residence with the District Administration Leadership Institute where he serves as the Managing Director of the National Superintendents Academy delivering intensive instruction on the academic, political, legal and logistical complexities, and the demanding realities, confronting school leaders today. He is also Chief in residence with Chiefs For Change guiding the Future Chiefs program working to build a pipeline of “Future Chiefs” for states and districts.

Dr. Gorman’s career began as a second-grade teacher in Orlando, Florida. He worked as a teacher, principal, and district-level administrator in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties in Florida before becoming superintendent of schools in Tustin, California. In 2006, Dr. Gorman became superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. Under his leadership, the district won the 2011 Broad Prize in Urban Education, which recognizes increases in student achievement and closing of achievement gaps. Twenty members of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Leadership Team during his tenure have been appointed as superintendents nationally. The book “Within Reach, Leadership Lessons in School Reform” chronicles his time with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and four other books reviewed aspects of his tenure along with numerous articles, research studies, and case studies. He then transitioned to the corporate world working as Executive Vice President of Education Services for Amplify, a division of News Corp, leading nearly 100 team members in the Government Relations, Marketing and Sales areas.

Mike Kleba

Lead at the NYEdTech Meetup

Mike Kleba

Mike Kleba has been invited to speak about and work in educational leadership across the globe. A public high school English teacher and theatre director for more than 20 years, he serves as co-leader of the NYEdTech Meetup (the nation’s largest Edtech organization) and sits on the SXSW EDU Advisory Board. Interested in courage and vulnerability, he’s run the NYC Marathon, gone hang-gliding in Brazil and bungee jumping in New Zealand, and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Kleba is the co-author of the newly released Otherful: How To Change the World (and Your School) Through Others (2020), an earnest and irreverent field manual about the tectonic power of great superintendents, principals, and other school leaders.

Leaders Don’t Lead

What happens in a master class for leaders? Who trains the boss? Whether you are a c-level executive, a founder, a superintendent/principal, a coach, or a manager, you work in the relationship business. Join expert teachers Miles and Kleba in this energizing and entertaining workshop as they challenge you to reframe the very fundamentals of what you do as a leader.

Dr. Holly Lane

Director of the University of Florida Literacy Institute

Dr. Holly Lane

Dr. Holly Lane is the Director of the University of Florida Literacy Institute and a professor of special education.  Her research focuses on effective reading instruction and intervention and helping teachers develop the knowledge and skills they need to teach reading effectively.  Dr. Lane has directed more than $17 million in grants to support reading research and the development of teachers and researchers, and she is the author of numerous publications related to literacy.

Dr. Sonny Magana


Dr. Sonny Magana

Dr. Anthony J. “Sonny” Magana III is an award-winning teacher, best-selling author, and pioneering educational technology researcher who is committed to promoting innovation in education. Sonny’s vision is to make the world a better place by improving the lives of teachers and students through evidence-based innovation, not just simple digitization. Frustrated with the overabundance of evidence-free noise confounding the educational technology niche, Sonny launched Magana Education as a means to solve a wicked problem that matters to him: reversing the dismally low impact educational technologies have had on student achievement.

Disruptive Classroom Technologies: A Framework for Innovation in Education

The T3 Framework helps teachers categorize students’ learning as translational, transformational, or transcendent, sorting through the low-impact applications to reach high-impact usage of technologies.

Gil McClean

Director of Professional Development, Pure Edge

Gil McClean

Gill is Director of Professional Development of Pure Edge. She trains educators across the country on self-care and integrating health and wellness best practices. She regularly presents at conferences to share best practices in managing stress. Gil managed the allocation of low cost government housing, working with the homeless, as well as, founded North East Scotland’s first dedicated yoga studio. She holds a Higher National Certificate in Local Government Administration from Langside College, and also attended Shawlands Academy, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Creating Conditions for Success and Learning through an SEL & Health & Wellness Framework

Explores the neuroscience of stress, its impact on one’s ability to learn, and four strategies to begin the process to be responsive versus reactive.

James Miles

Executive Director, Arts Corp

James Miles

James Miles worked as an educator in the New York City public schools for 20 years before joining the Seattle-based Arts Corps as executive director. Originally from Chicago, Miles has worked internationally as an artist and educator, and his work has been featured through Complex magazine, National Guild, The Seattle Times, KOMO, NPR, CBS, NBC, the U.S. Department of Education and ASCD. Miles is a Mayoral Appointee to the Seattle Arts Cormmission, and on the advisory board of SXSW EDU. His acclaimed TedXTalk focuses on his mission is to narrow achievement gaps using the “arts as a tool to navigate the systems of educational inequity.

Leaders Don’t Lead

What happens in a master class for leaders? Who trains the boss? Whether you are a c-level executive, a founder, a superintendent/principal, a coach, or a manager, you work in the relationship business. Join expert teachers Miles and Kleba in this energizing and entertaining workshop as they challenge you to reframe the very fundamentals of what you do as a leader.

Michael Moore

Executive Coach

Michael Moore

Michael Moore spent 30 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. Since 2006 he has specialized in leadership development, serving as CAO for the nation’s largest principal preparation program, launching new principal-supervision models and building principal pipelines in several large districts, and creating coaching models for non-profits and charter management organizations. As an executive coach, Michael works with CEOs and their leadership teams in a variety of districts, charter organizations and companies.

Successful Change from the Ground Up

District leaders are judged by their ability to manage large-scale change, yet they have only indirect influence with teachers and principals. Having a clear vision and solid plan is just the beginning to changing skills and beliefs at the school level. In this session, you and your colleagues will practice improving your influence with teachers and principals and building momentum for successful implementation of the new changes. You’ll leave with a planning guide and hands-on tools.

Wes Moore

The New York Times Best-selling Author

Wes Moore

We are thrilled to announce that Wes Moore will be our key-note speaker. He is a New York Times best-selling author, army veteran, youth advocate and CEO of Robin Hood. Based in New York, Robin Hood is one of the largest anti-poverty organizations in our nation helping to dismantle systematic poverty. Wes passionately believes that the ‘expectation gap’ is our society’s largest hinderance in helping youth succeed. He continues to empower leaders to create mobility and opportunity for ALL students in their communities.  

Wes Moore is the CEO of Robin Hood, one of the largest antipoverty nonprofits in the country. He is a bestselling author, a combat veteran, and a social entrepreneur. His first book, The Other Wes Moore, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller; his second book, The Work, was also a bestseller and featured in Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday. He lives in his hometown of Baltimore with his wife and two children.

Make the Most of Your Time With Principals

When school leaders dig into student achievement results, they begin with basic questions: Do the lesson plans address the academic standards? Are the instructional practices effective?  How is progress being trackedTeachers are expected to plan welldifferentiate instruction and track student progress. What if we took the same approach to developing principals and focused on better planning of their time together? 

Jonathan Raymond

Former Superintendent/Author

Jonathan Raymond

Jonathan Raymond spent over four years running the public schools in Sacramento, known as “America’s Most Diverse City,” former foundation president, and life-long believer in putting children at the center of education. An outsider to education by trade (formerly a labor law attorney and non-profit leader) but a passionate advocate for equity and system-wide change, Raymond implemented bold initiatives to transform the school district around a vision that focused on supporting the whole child. Highlights included transforming some of the district’s poorest performing schools in the neediest neighborhoods to some of the highest performing, raising graduation rates, expanding early education, summer learning programs, dual-language programs, college and career pathways, and introducing salad bars and healthier meals, and social and emotional learning to the curriculum. He most recently served as president of the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco.

Equity is Empathy in Action

When we strive to give each child what they need, when we show them they matter and have a voice, when we position learning differences as normal, promote creativity, and reward collaboration and continuous improvement, outcomes for children improve.

Dr. Mike Schmoker

Author, Speaker, Consultant

Dr. Mike Schmoker

Dr. Mike Schmoker is a former administrator, English teacher and football coach. He has written several bestselling books and dozens of articles for educational journals, newspapers and for TIME magazine. His most recent book is the expanded 2018 edition of FOCUS: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning. His previous bestseller, Results NOW, was a finalist for “book of the year” by the Association of Education Publishers.

Dr. Schmoker is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for his publications and presentations. In a 2018 Education Week survey of national school leaders, he was ranked among the best sources of “practical advice, wisdom and insight” on effective school improvement.

Dr. Schmoker has consulted and keynoted throughout the US, Canada, Australia, China and Jordan. He now lives in Tempe, Arizona with his wife Cheryl.

In this session, teachers and leaders will learn precisely where schools should focus their precious time and resources to ensure that all students are prepared for the demands of college, careers and citizenship. They will learn about the three most essential elements of good schooling, and how to implement them on a clear, straightforward model. The three elements are:

-Coherent curriculum
-Authentic literacy
-Soundly-structured lessons

Despite their unrivaled power for improving performance in any school, these elements continue to be misunderstood–and grossly under-implemented. For this reason, they should be our first and highest priority.

Participants will leave this session knowing both what to do and how to do it, in ways that will yield immediate and significant results.

Summit Agenda

Day 1

  • 2:00P
    Welcome/Summit Opening
  • 2:20P
    Featured Keynote
  • 3:00P
    Focused Learning Session 1
  • 4:00P
    Thought Leader Presentation 1
  • 4:25P
    Birds of a Feather Gathering
  • 4:30P
    Thought Leader Presentation 2
  • 5:10P
    Network Learning Activity
  • 6:30P
    Cocktail Hour/Dinner

Day 2

  • 7:30A
  • 8:30A
  • 8:45A
    Thought Leader Presentation 3
  • 9:10A
    Focused Learning Session 2
  • 10:15A
    Thought Leader Presentation 4
  • 10:40A
    Thought Leader Presentation 5
  • 11:00A
    Focused Learning Session 3
  • 12:00P
  • 1:00P
    Thought Leader Presentation 6
  • 1:25P
    Thought Leader Presentation 7
  • 1:50P
    Focused Learning Session 4
  • 4:00P
    Personal Work Time
  • 6:30P
    Cocktail Hour/Dinner

Day 3

  • 8:00A
  • 9:00A
    Focused Learning Session 5
  • 10:10A
    Focused Learning Session 6
  • 11:30A
    Closing Keynote

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