DMCouncil Membership

A Professional Learning Community for Superintendents and District Leaders

About DMCouncil

Professional learning community for superintendents and school district leaders

DMCouncil was created in 2004 to support superintendents and district leaders in tackling their enormously important work. Charged with educating our nation's students, superintendents and district leaders are indeed responsible for shaping the future of our society and our nation. To be successful, district leaders must not only be great educators but also great leaders and managers. 

DMCouncil Membership helps superintendents and district leadership teams strengthen leadership and management capacity to solve complex school district challenges.

As DMCouncil members, superintendents and their leadership teams have access to DMGroup’s best practice research, advice, and professional development.

Members of DMCouncil learn together at our in-person and virtual convening, collaborate, problem-solve, share ideas, and benefit from the collective wisdom of the membership community.






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District Management Group has been so helpful in terms of providing an annual place to learn with other superintendents across the country and equally helpful to be a partner that we can work with to implement those practices in our home districts.

Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Superintendent Rockford Public Schools (IL)

Everything I’ve seen is very well produced, very well researched and very well thought out as far as a plan or a program or an initiative or just what might be next on the horizon in education.

Martha Salazar Zamora, Superintendent Tomball ISD (TX)

I know sometimes we all think we’re unique, but listening to others how they approach things and learning from them and seeing how it applies to your community and your context helps a lot.

Sito Narcisse, Superintendent East Baton Rouge Parish School System (LA)

Key Benefits

DMCouncil Member Benefits

  • Connect, share ideas and collaborate with fellow district leaders

    Our community brings together leaders from districts of all sizes and demographics across the country.
  • Strengthen your team's leadership and management capacity

    Our professional development conferences, webinars, and roundtables provide unparalleled learning opportunities.
  • Access expert advice on your district’s specific challenges

    Our experts bring deep knowledge of management and education best practices, systems-thinking, and a fresh perspective.
  • Deepen your knowledge and stay at the forefront of the latest research

    Our resources combine management and education best practices and share lessons learned from our work with school districts.
  • Cost-effectively support your district's leaders to deliver impact

    Provide your team with high-quality research, expert advice, and implementation tips to help them address complex challenges and achieve their goals.

Membership Features

Unparalleled PD, insightful research, expert advice, and community

DMCouncil Membership gives your district’s entire leadership team access to rich professional development experiences, insightful research, expert advice that draws on real-district experience, and opportunities to collaborate with forward-thinking educational leaders from districts of all types across the country.


Superintendents’ Strategy Summit (SSS) 

For superintendents and district leaders, DMGroup’s signature three-day professional development conference provides an immersive learning experience and an opportunity to share ideas with fellow forward-thinking leaders. Superintendents and district leaders participate in highly interactive case studies and simulations, engage in candid conversations, and learn from one another. Your DMCouncil membership includes:

• Registration to the Summit for the district superintendent and up to two (2) district leaders
• Two (2) nights' hotel lodging for the district superintendent
• Meals for the duration of the conference
• Summit materials (research, case studies, background reading, worksheets, etc.).


DMCouncil Membership Calls

- Kick-off Call: DMCouncil member superintendents are invited to schedule an annual kickoff call to discuss your most pressing issues and identify how to best leverage your DMCouncil membership in the coming year.

- Mid-year Membership Call: DMCouncil member superintendents receive a mid-year check-in call to ensure that you are fully leveraging the many resources available to you as a DMCouncil member.

Network of Forward-Thinking leaders

DMCouncil brings together a diverse group of inspired leaders who share a learning mindset and a commitment to making a difference. DMCouncil leaders represent districts of all types and sizes from across the country. Members of DMCouncil learn together, collaborate, problem-solve, share ideas, and benefit from the collective wisdom of the membership community.

Member Discounts to DMInstitutes

DMCouncil members receive discounts to our structured professional development programs for district teams. DMInstitute’s cohort-based coursework and coaching delivered over a period of multiple months builds skills that last. Past topics include Accelerating Learning, Academic Return on Investment, and Secondary Scheduling. Member discounts allow you to recoup a significant portion of your annual membership dues.

District Management Journal

Member-districts receive 10 print subscriptions to District Management Journal for the district superintendent and 9 designees. Our signature publication shares in-depth research and DMGroup’s field experience via case studies, articles, toolkits, and much more. DMCouncil members receive virtual previews of content to be shared in future issues of District Management Journal.


Join DMCouncil

Become a DMCouncil member to strengthen your district's management and leadership capacity. Download our membership agreement form to join today.

Membership Agreement Form

DMCouncil Membership

  • Annual Superintendents' Strategy Summit
  • DMCouncil Membership Calls
  • Virtual Roundtable Discussions
  • Network of Forward-Thinking leaders
  • Access to our best practices research
  • 10 subscriptions to District Management Journal
  • Member-discounts to DMInstitutes professional development programs

$4,500 per year

Multi-year Membership Savings

DMCouncil membership is $4,500 per year. Save when you sign up for a multi-year membership.

  • 1-year membership plan: $4,500
  • 2-year membership plan: $8,500
    (total savings of $500 or 5.5%)
  • 3-year membership plan: $12,000
    (total savings of $1,500 or 11%)

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