In an uncertain world, we can predict with 100% confidence that the school year ahead will require swift but careful, decisive but circumspect educational leadership. Courageous leadership is being redefined by these competencies; and, asking (the right people, the right questions), listening (deeply, openly, and without judgment), and responding (to let people know you’ve heard them and to share your action plan), are the key courage indicators. 

In this session, Dr. Peter Gorman, Ian Saltzman, Superintendent of Everett School District, WA, Ayinde Rudolph, Superintendent of Mountain View Whisman, CA, and Andy Krenz, Director of Education at Thoughtexchange, will share perspectives on courageous leadership for the year ahead, with an eye on mental health. We’ll use Thoughtexchange’s crowdsourcing software to ask, listen, and respond to you in real-time, modeling the very competency leaders like you simply must master this year.


Event Overview

  • Welcome & Intros
  • Thought Leadership Session
  • Flip-5: Participants will share stories related to the topic at hand
  • Wrap-up


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Meet Our Ed-Chat Speakers

Andy Krenz

Director of Education, Thoughtexchange

Andy Krenz

Andy brings an eclectic wealth of life experience to Thoughtexchange. He has worked as a development consultant, youth worker, teacher, international humanitarian aid worker, personal fitness trainer, professional musician, and pastor. Andy is committed to helping people achieve their goals, to seeing people thrive, and to building community along the way. Andy is one part empathy, one part tenacity, and one part faith. He believes that all things are possible, especially the things that seem impossible. Andy loves outdoor adventures, music, sports, and serving at his church. He lives in Edmonton with his wife Andrea, and their two children.

Ayinde Rudolph

Superintendent, Mountain View Whisman School District

Ayinde Rudolph

Dr. Rudolph has been the Superintendent since 2015. Previously, he served as Associate Director of School Transformation at the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, a federally funded program, modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone that encourages communities to develop public-private partnerships.

His achievements during his tenure with the Promise Neighborhood included instituting a 1:1 learning environment, which received recognition from President Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan at the White House; the implementation of a new teacher evaluation system; and three new curricula aligned to the new national standards. He also redesigned the school’s talent acquisition and management systems, with focus on providing positive feedback to encourage growth.

Dr. Rudolph has held the position as principal in a traditional high and middle school, a kindergarten through 8th grade elementary school, a charter school, countywide arts magnet, Title 1 and a Bill and Melinda Gates funded “small” themed (STEM) high school. In each of his positions he has led dramatic turnarounds, including leading a high school to consecutive national rankings (134).

Dr. Rudolph has three children, who have been his inspiration and motivate him to develop learning environments that he would be proud to engage and immerse them into.

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.

Ian Saltzman

Superintendent, Everett Public Schools

Ian Saltzman

Dr. Saltzman has been the Superintendent of Everett Public Schools since July 2019. He was regional superintendent of The School District of Palm Beach County since 2016. Prior to that he was area superintendent of area 1 and 5, superintendent of Transformation Schools, and director of School Accountability. Dr. Saltzman has served as a principal of elementary, middle and high schools, and taught middle school special education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Florida State University, and a Specialists and Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

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