Superintendents Summit

Superintendents Summit, July 2017

Collaborating to create meaningful action is what a DALI Summit is all about. At the historic Drake hotel in Chicago this July, that’s what a group of Superintendents from across the U.S. discovered together.

Participants made the most of the chance to interact with top solution providers and collaborate with fellow leaders, mapping out strategies to address persistent challenges and recognize hidden opportunities in their home districts. That’s the DALI Difference.

Summit Agenda (subject to change)

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

2:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Registration Open

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM: Welcome Reception

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM: Small Group Dinners
Your group dinner location will be provided during the opening reception.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM: Putting the Collective Back Into Collective Bargaining…

9:25 AM - 9:50 AM: Maximizing The Elementary Student Experience During Non-Instructional Time: A New Look at After School Programming and Recess

9:50 AM - 10:15 AM: From Silicon Valley to the Classroom: Innovations, Challenges and Turmoil

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM: Break

10:45 AM - 11:10 AM: Birds of a Feather Discussion I

11:10 AM - 11:35 AM: Beyond "Sit and Get" PD

11:35 AM - 12:00 PM: Single Sign-On and Rostering: Why Superintendents Are Paying Attention

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Luncheon

1:00 PM - 1:10 PM: Hello, DALI

1:10 PM - 1:35 PM: The myON Magic—Personalized Literacy for All

1:35 PM - 2:00 PM: DreamBox: Don’t Be Good at Math. Be Great

2:05 PM - 3:05 PM: Roundtables

3:05 PM - 6:30 PM: Personal Time and Optional Group Activities

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM: Reception

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Dinner and Entertainment

Friday, July 28, 2017

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM: Breakfast

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM: Morning Remarks

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM: Birds of a Feather Discussion II

9:45 AM - 10:10 AM: Leave No Child Offline, Leave No Teacher or Parent Behind: Keys to Transforming Education in America!

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM: Break

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM: Using Social-Emotional Learning Data to Support Student Success

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Roundtables

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Luncheon

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Drill Down Sessions

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM: Closing Remarks, Prize Drawings & Ice Cream


Berj Akian founded ClassLink in 1998. What started as an effort to help one local school with their technology plan to improve student learning became ClassLink. Today, ClassLink serves students and teachers around the world. Berj has been a panelist, presenter, and moderator at hundreds of conferences and has hosted hundreds of webinars with industry experts on various aspects of education technology.

Dr. Darryl Adams, recently retired Superintendent of Coachella Valley School District was recognized by President Obama as a Top 100 Innovative Superintendent in the nation. His district was the first in the nation to provide an iPad for all his 20,000 students and 24/7 internet access via his Wifi-on-Wheels bus initiative! Dr. Adams has been named as one of the most influential voices in education by Tech & Learning Magazine and is a 2017 NASS Superintendent of the Year Finalist!

As President and Co-Founder of Thoughtexchange, Dave MacLeod leads a team responsible for changing the face of online consultation. Leveraging the power of group intelligence and the principles of collaborative negotiation, Dave draws on his previous experience as a town hall facilitator and community development consultant, to help leaders - primarily in K-12 education - engage with stakeholders in a way that redefines what's possible in the public consultation space.

Under Dave’s leadership, a team of facilitation experts and software engineers continue to challenge the status quo and overcome the inherent gaps of traditional listening tools, finding solutions for many of today's critical education and health challenges. Using Thoughtexchange, hundreds of North American leaders have successfully engaged with their stakeholders to inform bond measure development, education assurance models, teacher efficacy and evaluation, and most recently, a public health consultation focused on human rights.

With three boys at home all under the age of five, practicing complex negotiation and mediation is also a big part of Dave's daily personal life.

Elliott Levine is Director of Education for the Americas Region of HP, Inc. and the company’s first Distinguished Technologist focused solely on edtech. He drives strategy and go-to market tactics for HP’s $1B+ education sales in the U.S. and Canada. He is a sought-after global speaker to discuss the future of, and innovation to, the learning paradigm. He has, and is developing products focused on personalized learning and virtual instruction, some of which are patent-pending. 

A former K-12 district administrator and professor, Elliott is a past columnist for Electronic School and American School Boards Journal, and has been interviewed for many educational publications over his career. Prior to joining HP in 2008, Elliott held leadership positions in a number of successful startups and turn-around education companies in senior management, product development, marketing and strategic planning roles. He currently serves on startup boards as well as an advisory board member for WNET, the largest public television station in the U.S., and an advisor for 3D Africa, a nonprofit supporting educational opportunities for young women in Africa.

Jeff Enoch has more than ten years of experience in EdTech, partnering with educational leaders to identify digital resources that personalize the learning experience, making education an equitable opportunity for all learners. He has served in both sales and sales operations leadership roles since his tenure, with five of those being at DreamBox Learning. As Head of Sales Operations, Jeff develops the structure and system processes across the sales organization that ensures scalability and support of DreamBox Learning’s current and future partners.

Mark Rothschild, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of Right At School, an innovative educational services company focused on educational enrichment programs before, during and after school. Right At School serves more than 25,000 students every day, right in their own schools.

Mark’s career has spanned numerous for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Mark has lead several JCCs, was President of Knowledge Advisors, Sr. Vice President at FastWeb, and a Communication Specialist at both McKinsey & Company and Arthur Andersen. Mark is an ordained rabbi from Hebrew Union College, earned a Ph.D. in education leadership from Indiana University, an MA from Northwestern, and a BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mark likes school!

Dr. Quintin Shepherd began his career in education teaching music at Cambridge Community Unit School District in Cambridge, Illinois. He served as principal at Amboy High and Elementary schools, before moving into the superintendent role at Amboy Community School District and then District 69 in Skokie, Illinois. Since joining the Linn-Mar Community School District, Shepherd has led the district in formulating a 10-year strategic plan, a restructuring plan and a bond referendum campaign.

Dr. Avery has over 20 years of experience working with diverse populations in Texas as an administrator in Waco ISD, Aransas Pass ISD, El Paso ISD and now in Manor ISD. His accomplishments include 2006 Region 17 ESC Outstanding Principal of the Year, and in Waco moved four campuses from the TEA rating of “unacceptable” to “acceptable” in just two years. But most notable, is Dr. Avery’s proven experience with leadership transformation and student growth.

Todd Brekhus is an educational leader devoted to introducing innovative technologies to educators and administrators. As President of Digital Solutions of Capstone Publishers, Brekhus leads the digital product vision and strategy as the organization continues to expand its digital solutions in the education market. His prior experiences launching products and services into the education market as well as his thorough understanding on technology provides the foundation to Capstone Digital future growth.

Prior to coming to Capstone Digital, Mr. Brekhus was the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at PLATO Learning, where he was responsible for the entire product library, integration of acquired product lines, and bringing new product ideas to market. In this role he built the vision for the PLATO Learning Environment– a scalable platform for states, districts, and schools to leverage technology for overall student achievement used by more than one million students since inception. During his time at PLATO, Todd authored a book chapter and article on Software as a Service (SaaS) in Education. Prior to his roles at PLATO Learning, he held senior level positions at various companies including President and COO of Learning Elements and MCI WorldCom, where he helped build and implement the MarcoPolo Program (now called Verizon Thinkfinity).

Xan Tanner is Co-Founder and President of Panorama Education, a Boston company that helps educators use data from a variety of different sources, including social-emotional measures and surveys of students, parents, and teachers, to improve student learning. Panorama works with over 6,500 schools, with clients including Dallas Independent School District and the New York City Department of Education. Before founding Panorama, Xan worked on the coaching staff of the Yale Men’s Basketball Team as the Head of Analytics.

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No other Chicago hotel has inspired more legendary acclaim on par with The Drake. This timeless property affords guests easy access to the city's most exclusive shopping, nightlife and dining.