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EE Summit 2020

Education Elements Summit
Sparking Innovation in Leadership
& Learning


May 13-15, 2020 | Hilton Austin, TX

Like everyone else, we have been following the evolving developments and impact from the coronavirus that are occurring across the country. Given the public health impact and in accordance with the guidance from the CDC and others, it is no longer feasible for us to hold the 2020 Summit.

We are disappointed to have to share this news for many reasons. The event is one of inspiration and learning and partnership -- and we always look forward to this time to be together. That said, we are all focused on the health and safety of our families and communities and we know that given the changes in teaching, learning and collaborating, that we all need to be responsive.

We are looking at possible dates for our 2021 Summit next spring, and as we gather more details, we will be sure to share them.

If you have registered for the summit, we are providing multiple options, including but not limited to: additional service offerings, professional development, and refunds. Expect an email from us in the upcoming week (April 6-10).

Thank you for your trust and understanding,

The Ed Elements Team


The premier event for district leaders who are transforming leadership, teams, and teaching & learning.

Join our diverse and vibrant community of innovative district and school leaders, student-centered learning practitioners, design thinkers, researchers, philanthropists, and change-makers, all dedicated to transforming education, for 2+ days of professional development and networking.

Follow The Summit on social media using the #EESummit hashtag! Follow Education Elements at @EdElements for all updates.


Strong effective leadership is critical to transforming our education system. The Summit is the place to spark new ideas, gain new insights, and inspire action. You’ll learn and collaborate with hundreds of other leaders and be able to catalyze change in your schools and communities.


Registration Information

Our 6th annual Summit will be held May 13th-15th, 2020 at the Hilton Downtown, Austin, TX.

The summit will bring together a vibrant community of innovative district and school leaders, student-centered learning practitioners, design thinkers, researchers, philanthropists, and change-makers, all dedicated to transforming education, for 2+ days of professional development and networking. 

  • Early Bird (ACTIVE PRICE): $825.00 -  Available through March 15th, 11:59pm PT, or while supplies last. 
  • Regular Price: $875.00   Available from March 16th - April 30th, 11:59pm PT, or while supplies last.
  • Super Early Bird: (SOLD OUT) $725.00

Special access links for free registration are available for our district partners. You should receive your access link by email. Please use that special link to register.

Registration provides you with access to all keynotes and breakout sessions, as well the Summit dinner and party on May 14th, and breakfast and lunch on the 14th & 15th. Spaces are limited for all pre-conference activities and will be assigned based on the order in which they are received until the activities are full. We will make our best efforts to give you your first choice but suggest you register early.

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email summit@edelements.com.

Keynote Speakers

What to expect in this 2020 event?
Agenda Highlights

This three-day event will be full of dynamic and engaging sessions, inspiring and insightful keynotes, and tours of some of the most innovative companies in the area. The Summit provides an opportunity for attendees to join a national community of practice, share resources and insights with other leaders,  and build inspiration and knowledge to take back to their teams and communities.

Themes and Content

Personalized Learning:

Education Elements has worked with hundreds of schools to ensure classroom instruction meets the needs of every student. Personalized learning improves student engagement and achievement, develops students to be lifelong learners, and better prepares them for college and careers.

  • Classroom Simulations: See personalized learning in action by observing teachers from grades, subjects, and districts across the country. Ask them questions about their implementation and walk away with strategies you can use tomorrow to bring PL to life in your own space.
  • PL and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Education Elements shares their newest white paper outlining the aligning between PL and DEI.

Strategic Planning:

The strategic planning process is as critical as the actual plan. The strategic planning process needs to be dynamic, responsive and focused on changes that are successful, sustainable and scalable.  These sessions will give you insight into how to run a powerful strategic planning process.

  • Strategic Planning Seminar: Dive deeper into our responsive strategic planning process with an interactive, three-hour crash course on strategic planning.
  • Panel Discussion: Hear from three districts across the country about their strategic planning processes, the benefits to their district, and how their teams have continued to use the processes from strategic planning in other elements of their work.

Improving teams:

Based on the newly released book the NEW Team Habits, sessions will help you begin making changes to how you learn, how you conduct meetings, and how you run projects right away.

  • New Team Habits Bootcamp: Join our pre-conference bootcamp on Wednesday to participate in a crash course with other leaders focusing on the power of habits.
  • Panel Discussion: Learn from a wide-variety of district leaders who are focusing on building habits in the systems they work in.

Innovative Leadership:

The most successful school and district leaders are those who have the tools and mindset to develop communities in which teacher-led innovation is fostered, supported, empowered and celebrated. Learn how to become a better leader through these sessions.

  • Elena Aguilar: Keynote speaker and acclaimed author Elena Aguilar challenges participants to coach for equity with specific strategies and stems you can use with anyone, anywhere. 
  • Jaime Casap: Google’s Global Education Evangelist will lead a workshop on leadership that will push participants to think creatively about the practices they bring to their team.

Teacher Retention:

How do we design innovative solutions that recruit and retain the very best teachers and leaders? Career pathways are dramatically changing; yet, school districts have yet to address these evolving employee needs and what it means to have a 21st century career in education.

Learn from experts about the most innovative practices and policies to support teacher recruitment and retention.

  • Teacher Retention Seminar: Collaborate with educators across the country as you dive into approaches for improving teacher retention in this interactive three-hour seminar.
  • Recruiting Teachers of Color:  Learn more about the importance of recruiting teachers of color and the policies and practices that support this priority.
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Besides the amazing keynotes line-up, this three-day event will feature

  • Seminars
  • Design Challenges
  • Bootcamps
  • Innovation tours, and more!

Wednesday, May 13th

Thursday, May 14th

  •  7:30 - 10:00 am Breakfast and KeynoteSparks1-small
  • 10:30 - 11:45 am SESSION I: Design Challenge Phase II + Workshops 
  • 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch and Keynote  
  • 1:30 - 2:45 pm SESSION II: Workshops  
  • 3:00 - 4:15 pm SESSION III: Workshops  
  • 1:30 - 4:15 pm SESSION II & III: Extended Seminars 
  • 6:00 - 9:00 pm Education Elements Welcome Party 

Friday, May 15th

  • 8:00 - 9:30 am Breakfast and Keynote 
  • 9:45 am - 11:00 am SESSION IV: Workshops + Design Challenge Phase III - Prototype 
  • 11:15 am - 12:30pm SESSION V: Workshops + Design Challenge  Phase IV Showcase 
  • 11:45 am - 1:45 pm Lunch and Awards



On a responsive team, learning is the engine that drives progress, meetings are seen as efficient and time well spent, and projects have fluid roles, accountabilities, and make use of team members' fullest potential. This New Team Habits bootcamp will dive into these three topics - team learning, meetings, and projects - as well as share our research around teams and the impact of team habits on helping you achieve your goals. We'll share habits for effective and ineffective teams and help you to diagnose your current teams strengths and needs, including your goals, what's preventing you from achieving these goals, and habits that can help you make progress. This bootcamp will utilize a new framework to think about building habits that change the way your teams engage and work with each other, and more specifically help you shift the way you share learnings, begin meetings, and kickoff projects to increase the engagement of your team and ultimately the broader team culture.


The Education Elements Summit Design Challenge is an immersive, collaborative, three-day experience that will take you through each stage of the design thinking cycle while equipping you with the skills, resources, and know-how to take back to your district — as well as a workable prototype that you can implement right away. This year, we’ll be centering our design challenge around three big “what-ifs” that will challenge you to re-think the way schools work, look, and feel. If you think you know what a design challenge is, think again! We’ll be incorporating surprises, twists, and turns along the way to keep you on your toes and leave every day wanting to come back for more. You won’t want to miss this!


We can help you make the case for why you want to attend the Summit. Customize this letter to help you explain what the Summit is all about and why you want to attend!


Venue & Location

Location: Hilton Austin, TX

Hotel: Hilton Austin, 500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

Rates: Discounted rates are available for Summit attendees

  • $229.00 King or Queen double
  • $249.00 Triple
  • $269.00 Quad
Prices are not inclusive of taxes and fees.


You can also make your hotel reservation by phone by calling 1-800-445-8667, and sharing the event code is EDE.

Summit 2019 Highlights

In May 2019, the fifth annual Personalized Learning Summit brought together about 750 attendees in Atlanta, GA to build networks and transform education through personalized learning.

The event was structured as a three-day in-person event full of professional development opportunities, dynamic and engaging sessions, networking events, inspiring and insightful keynotes, and tours of some of the most innovative companies in Atlanta

For more information about the program and sessions, check out the PL Summit 2019 program.



Innovation Tours

Amazing innovative companies have hosted our guests for tech tours for the last 5 years.

Thank you to: Appdynamics . Autodesk . Adroll . BARC . Center for Civic Innovation . Coffee Meets Bagel . Delta Airlines . DocuSign . Georgia Power . GoodData . Goodie Nation . Google . Home Depot . IDEO . Indiegogo . Internet Archive . Kabbage . Kennesaw State University . Lumosity . Lyft . Macy's . Mailchimp . Marine Software . Qoins . Salesforce . Stitchfix . Switchyards . The Teachers Guild . Twitter . Twitch . ValassisDigital . Visa . WeWork.


Our Innovation Tours for the Summit 2020 are: Capital Factory. T3. Nulo. Retail Me Not. Valassis.


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Still have a question that hasn't been answered? Send us an email summit@edelements.com


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