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 | Register for the Summit →
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.