Conferences and Events

Our unique professional development opportunities for superintendents and
school and district leaders to learn, build capacity, and share insights

Conferences Events
Karen Berasi, Superintendent, Suffield Public Schools
When I come to DMCouncil conferences, I have to tell you that I am recharged… it’s wonderful to be around other superintendents who want to think differently and want to focus on student outcomes.

Karen Berasi, Superintendent, Suffield Public Schools

DMCouncil National Conferences


Superintendents’ Strategy Summit

The ability to attract, retain and develop teachers, principals, and central office leaders has never been more challenging. With teachers leaving the profession at greater rates than ever before, the scarcity of qualified candidates for hard-to-fill positions, and the difficulty of recruiting specifically-targeted populations, district leaders must dramatically rethink their approach to human capital management to achieve equity and excellence for all students.

At the 2019 Summit, we’ll explore the role human capital plays in responding to the myriad challenges facing public school districts and discuss the need to transform HR from an administrative center to a strategic agent of change. We will introduce a framework that leaders can utilize to effectively recruit and train teachers to meet the changing needs in today’s schools, and we’ll explore strategies for developing high-potential leaders for building and district leadership positions.

Location for 2019 Superintendents’ Strategy Summit

New York City | January 16-18

Prior Conference Topics

Now, more than ever, school districts are being challenged to innovate. At the 2017 Summit, DMGroup put forth a framework for districts to innovate with impact, sharing best practices and lessons learned for design, delivery, support, and evaluation of pattern-breaking improvements in school districts. DMGroup members came together to explore applying these ideas to many different types of innovations, including technology-supported innovations such as personalized learning, 1:1 learning environments, blended learning, project-based learning, and more.
Despite tight budgets, districts are striving to raise student achievement and expand services. During the 2016 Summit, DMCouncil introduced its comprehensive framework for Maximizing the Impact of Resources and shared leading research and practical insights about how to identify which funds to shift, as well as strategies for building support and overcoming political pushback. Throughout the two and a half day program, participants engaged in facilitated discussions, case studies, and hands-on simulation activities while networking with forward-thinking peer superintendents.
Big data, the science of fine-grain analysis of large amounts of information, has proven its value in many sectors. However, it's potential remains under utilized in public education. During the 2015 Superintendents' Strategy Summit, participants explored how big data concepts can be applied to making the best use of time to help raise achievement and reduce costs in public school districts. By capturing and analyzing detailed data on how students and staff are spending their time, districts can identify opportunities to maximize student learning, build efficient schedules, and identify and spread best teaching practices, while creating greater equity for teachers and schools, all in a more cost-effective manner.
In January of 2014, DMCouncil once again welcomed member superintendents from across the nation to focus on boosting Academic Return on Investment (AROI). Superintendents were assigned to groups to work through strategies and tactics to implement AROI in their districts.
In January of 2013, DMCouncil welcomed member superintendents from across the nation to focus on how strategically leveraging roles and responsibilities in leadership teams can create better results for school districts. Superintendents can improve organizational clarity by focusing on the power of clear roles and responsibilities, the management of complex interrelated organizations, the improvement of team effectiveness, and the rewards and consequences that can reinforce roles and responsibilities.
The 2012 Superintendents' Strategy Summit discussed the increasing complexity of school districts, and the potential that a highly motivated workforce has for driving organizational performance. We also introduced the major levers for managing motivation in school districts, discussed the importance of building culture and collaboration through teamwork and provided straight forward, practical strategies to improve teams by focusing on team structure, development, behavior, rewards and procedures.
In January of 2011, DMCouncil welcomed over 50 member superintendents from 26 states to focus on the complex, fundamental issues of strategy and strategic planning. Allocating resources in line with a clear strategy is essential to achieving more with less.

Leadership Development Meetings

These interactive meetings empower cross-functional district teams to tackle a topic collaboratively and to grow leadership capacity through group problem solving, facilitated discussions, exercises, and planning time.

Locations for 2019 Leadership Development Meetings

Chicago | April 25-26 | Register here ➡

Boston | November 7-8 | Register here ➡

Upcoming Conferences & Events

February 14

AASA National Conference on Education | "Shifting Resources to Fund Strategic Priorities"

Los Angeles, CA
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February 21

District Leadership Roundtable | Improving Equity and Excellence with Strategic School Scheduling

Barrington 220 School District, IL
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April 25

DMGroup's Leadership Development Meeting | Transforming Your Human Capital Strategy to Achieve Equity and Excellence

Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Chicago, IL
November 7

DMGroup's Leadership Development Meeting | Transforming Your Human Capital Strategy to Achieve Equity and Excellence

Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Boston, MA


February 2019

Webinar | How to Develop an Effective Instructional Coaching Model

January 2019

District Leadership Roundtable | Five Ways School and District Leaders Can Improve Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Supports

New Haven, CT
January 2019

Webinar | Three Best Practice Strategies for Improving Special Education, MTSS, and Supports for Struggling Students

January 2019

DMGroup's Superintendents' Strategy Summit | Transforming Your Human Capital Strategy

The Westin New York at Times Square
November 2018

Webinar | Three Ways to Make this Year's Budgeting Process More Strategic

November 2018

Webinar | How to Align Your Human Capital Strategy with Your District Priorities

November 2018

DMGroup's Leadership Development Meeting | Leading Change During Changing Times

The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA
More Info Here
October 2018

Webinar | How to Improve Equity and Excellence with Strategic School Scheduling

October 2018

Webinar | What is Academic Return on Investment and Why is it Important?

October 2018

District Leadership Roundtable | "The Strategic Role of Human Capital: Developing High-Potential Leaders"

Fulton County Schools, GA
More Info Here
October 2018

District Leadership Roundtable | "Cost-Effective Strategies to Close the Achievement Gap"

Chester County Intermediate Unit, PA
More Info Here
October 2018

District Leadership Roundtable | "Improving Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Supports"

SouthWest Metro Intermediate District, MN
More Info Here
The meetings give us the opportunity to stretch our imagination, our thinking, our creativity…

J. Alvin Wilbanks, CEO/Superintendent,
Gwinnett County Public Schools

Having members of my cabinet come back and say, "Thank you. Thank you for this opportunity. Now I know how I can influence conversations with the departments that I lead. Now I know how to solve this challenge that's before me" ... says that it was a valuable experience for them.

Dr. Tawana Grover, Superintendent, Grand Island School District

My team each year is excited to see what the DMCouncil will roll out and they think about how it will impact their work in the years to come.

Howard J. Thiery III, Superintendent, Region School District 17

... That feels so much more productive to me in terms of use of my time and what I walk away with in terms of increasing my own knowledge and skill sets.

Dr. Christine Mahoney, Superintendent, East Granby Public Schools