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Summer Leadership Conference 2023
July 18-20, 2023 (with optional Pre-Conference on July 17-18)
Transform Data Into Impact
The 2023 Summer Leadership Conference is laser-focused on using data to make highly impactful decisions that will help you lead your organization’s success.
If you are spinning in data, then turn that data into actions that will propel your ESA forward. If your ESA is already using data, then turn to your colleagues for inspiration that will take your organization to the next level. Either way, we know data drives improvement. Come learn with us at the 2023 AESA Summer Leadership Conference!
- Machine Learning & AI and their Implications on Education
- ESAs Transforming Through the Use of Data
- Innovations in Design
- Sustainable Leadership
- Keeping your ESA Relevant and Vibrant – Exiting and sunsetting programs
The 2023 Summer Leadership Conference is hosted by: Hamilton County ESC, Cincinnati
Additional Conference Details
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New Summer Leadership Preconference Session: "AESA Summer Business Strategy Framework Workshop"
Extend your trip and take advantage of an additional professional learning opportunity! The ESA-centric Business Strategy Framework is a powerful tool that will help your leaders assess new opportunities and evaluate existing services. This workshop also incorporates hands-on work with real-team projects to enhance the learning experience.
- Workshop Day 1: Monday, July 17 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Workshop Day 2: Tuesday, July 18 | 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
- Individuals: $1,500
- Team of 3 or more: $1,000 per person.
REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made in writing before June 17, 2023, will be refunded in full, less a 5% per person processing fee. Cancellations received on or after June 17, 2023, through July 3, 2023, will be refunded at 50%. NO REFUNDS WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER JULY 3, 2023. Cancellations may be emailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, July 18
- 2 – 6:30 pm Registration
- 5 – 6:30 pm Welcome Reception held at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
- 7:10 – Cincinnati Reds vs. San Francisco Giants Baseball Game
Business Strategy Framework Pre-Conference (requires separate registration).
Wednesday, July 19
7 am – 4 pm Registration
8 – 8:45 am Breakfast
8:45 am Welcome from Hamilton County
Leaders of Transformation and Data Platforms
Machine Learning, AI and their implications on education ESAs as Powerbrokers of Information, Hamilton County
Keynote and discussion
Speaker: Shannon K Buerk, CEO Engage2Learn Connecting the Dots
Discussion: How does “Connecting the Dots” impact your ESA?
11:45 am – 1 pm Lunch
ESAs transforming through the use of data
Using Data to impact the schools you serve, presented by EdFi & Dell Foundation
ESAs leaders of transformation with their school districts
Rory Peacock, Region 11 ESC, Dallas, Fort Worth Metroplex TX
Wanda Cook-Robinson, Oakland Schools, Waterford, MI
Innovations – designing for the future
Executives in Residence
Designing services based on data Sheila King, CIO, Heartland AEA, Johnston IA
ACES Delivering External Services, Tom Danehy, ACES Executive Director, West Hartford, Connecticut
3:30 - 4 pm
Tour of Hamilton County
Thursday, July 20
7 am – 12 pm Registration area open
9– 9:30 am
AESA Foundation Update
Exemplary Service Award Recognition
Executives in Residence Recognition
9:30 – 10:30 am repeated at 10:45 – 11:45 am
Managing the workforce crisis (recruitment and retention of staff)
Keeping your ESA Relevant and Vibrant – Exiting and sunsetting programs
Making your School Districts “sticky"
Data as a service
12 pm Conference Concludes
Wednesday Keynote: "Connecting the Dots"
Shannon K Buerk, CEO of engage2learn
The teacher is the most critical lever in the education of a student. School districts are in crisis trying to recruit, develop, and retain educators. The support from the ESAs is more critical than ever, but how do you prove that investing in that support leads to the outcomes that school districts so desperately need? You need to connect the dots - connect the data from support to the data from outcomes to show the value and to create predictive analytics that informs the work. What if our efforts to focus on student data for so long have just overlooked the data on inputs that would close the loop?
In this interactive session, we will focus on the importance of elevating the educators we serve as talented professionals and providing them with the targeted, individualized support they deserve to improve effectiveness, reduce overwhelm, and increase student success and outcomes. The session will also highlight the importance of gathering and correlating an often missing set of data in the education industry: adult growth based on evidence of change in professional competencies. Participants will engage in lively team discussions and walk away from the session with a specific action plan for enhancing organizational data practices.
ESAs Transforming Through the Use of Data
Districts have more data than ever to understand and drive student outcomes, but accessing and connecting this data can feel complex and complicated. Learn how ESAs can be a strategic partner to help districts unlock these insights through the use of Ed-Fi, a K-12 data standard. This session will walk through the current and growing impact of one ESA’s implementation story.
Real-Time Data May Not Be Fast Enough, Rory Peacock, Deputy Executive Director, Technology Services, ESC Region 11 (Texas); AESA Executive in Residence member.
Data is driving decisions in our ESAs and school districts more and more every day. Real-time dashboards can provide a wealth of information, but there is more than just having the data at your fingertips.
Escaping the Student Data Trap: Using Implementation & Systems Data to Drive Equitable Services, Wanda Cook-Robinson, Superintendent Oakland Schools (Michigan); AESA Foundation Board of Trustees member and Past-President AESA Executive Council.
Being responsive to trends in student data is a popular strategy, but far too many times these strategies fail to produce intended results. Shifting focus to systems and implementation data positions ESAs to deliver the equitable services our schools need.
Thursday Sustainable Leadership – Unconference
Succession Planning & Talent Development. Understanding the importance of succession planning identifying and nurturing emerging leaders, and developing talent pipelines within the organization. Gordon Taylor, Executive Director, Region 20, Richardson, TX.
Managing the Workforce Crisis. Exploring effective strategies and innovative solutions to navigate the challenges arising from the current workforce crisis and optimize talent management. Christina Hilton, Director of Partnerships, CIESC, Indianapolis, IN and Erikke Nystrom-Grothaus, Director of Special Education, CESA 5, Portage WI
Keeping your ESA relevant and vibrant. Discover essential techniques and best practices for ESAs to maintain relevance and vibrancy through efficient program exits and sunsetting, ensuring a sustainable and forward-looking educational landscape. Larianne Polk Ed.D., Executive Director, ESU 7, Columbus, NE
Connecting the Dots for Connected Data. Participants will engage in a lively discussion around organizational data and learn how to facilitate data-informed growth across the organization to improve educator and learner outcomes. Chris Everett, COO engage2learn
Data as a Service. Unlocking the power of data as a service to streamline access, delivery and integration of high-quality data, empowering businesses with actionable insights and driving informed decision-making. EdFi data team & Doreen Marvin, AESA Senior Consultant
Pre-Conference: Business Strategy Framework Workshop
- $1,500 Individual Registration
- $1,000 per person for a Team of 3 or more
Summer Leadership Conference
- $575 when you register before June 8, 2023
- $675 when you register after June 8, 2023
AESA has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 West 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio at a rate of $155 plus taxes and fees. Your registration confirmation email will include a link to reserve your room.
The deadline to reserve your room is June 27, 2023.
- Meet Fiona, Cincinnati's beloved hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo! The Cincinnati Zoo is a short drive away from downtown Cincinnati.
- Cincinnati Streetcar! Enjoy many must-see stops in downtown Cincinnati by hopping on the Cincinnati Streetcar free of charge!
- Kings Island Amusement Park – Are you a rollercoaster enthusiast!? Kings Island Amusement Park is for you! This is location about 45 minutes north of downtown.
- Cincinnati Museum Center - Cincinnati Museum Center is a one-of-a-kind, multi-museum complex housed in Union Terminal, a historic Art Deco train station and National Historic Landmark.
- Taft Ale House – Check out this local brewery in a historic building
- Take a walk to Kentucky! The Purple People Bridge is a pedestrian path right over to Northern Kentucky! Visit Newport on the Levee while you’re there!
- Cincinnati Music Festival – Located on The Banks (Outside Reds Stadium) July 20-23
CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations made in writing before June 17, 2023 will be refunded in full, less a 5% per person processing fee. Cancellations received on or after June 17, 2023 through July 3, 2023 will be refunded at 50%. NO REFUNDS WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER JULY 3, 2023. Cancellations may be emailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.