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

This annual three-day, superintendents-only conference brings together superintendents from around the country to network, share ideas, and explore our latest research on management techniques and educational best practices.

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

When the world changes, our strategy and execution also need to change. New approaches are needed to effectively manage and lead through uncertain territory. At DMGroup's 2018 Leadership Development Meetings, we will introduce new approaches that are working to activate change in school districts, enabling leaders to deliver progress despite the obstacles. You will learn from educational, behavioral and leadership experts who will challenge your thinking, arm you with actionable insight, and energize your leadership initiative.

​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 2018 Leadership Development Meetings

Chicago | April 26-27 

Boston | November 8-9 | Register for the conference →

Upcoming Conferences & Events

November 8

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

The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA
Register for the conference
January 16

DMGroup's Superintendents' Strategy Summit

The Westin New York at Times Square, New York, NY
Registration opens soon!


May 2018

District Leadership Roundtable | "Innovating with Impact"

Somerville, MA
April 2018

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

Chicago, IL
March 2018

District Leadership Roundtable | "Shifting Resources / Improving Scheduling"

Napa County Office of Education, Napa, CA
March 2018

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

NYC Special Education Collaborative, New York, NY
March 2018

District Leadership Roundtable | "Managing Time: Your Scarcest Resource"

Elmhurst, IL
February 2018

MN District Leadership Roundtable | "Strategies to greatly improve the effectiveness of scheduling"

Minneapolis, MN
February 2018

MN District Leadership Roundtable | "Improving and expanding social, emotional and behavioral supports"

Minneapolis, MN
February 2018

District Leadership Roundtable | "Cost-Effective Strategies for Closing the Achievement Gap"

East Longmeadow, MA
February 2018

CT District Leadership Roundtable | "Funding District Priorities Despite Tight Budgets"

New Haven, CT
January 2018

District Leadership Roundtable | "Funding District Priorities Despite Tight Budgets"

Macon, GA
January 2018

2018 Superintendents' Strategy Summit | Leading Change During Changing Times

The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
November 2017

DMGroup's Leadership Development Meeting | Innovating with Impact

Aloft Boston Seaport, Boston, MA
November 2017

GFOA's Alliance for Excellence in School Budgeting | Guest Presentation

Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL
October 2017

DMGroup's Leadership Development Meeting | Innovating with Impact

The Westin Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
September 2017

ASBO Annual Meeting & Expo | How Business Officers Can Help Improve the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Special Education

Sheraton Denver Downtown, Denver, CO
May 2017

NYC Special Education Collaborative: Annual Education Conference | Keynote Speaking Engagement

NY Academy of Medicine, New York, NY
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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