Superintendents Summit

Superintendents Summit, October 10-12, 2018

Collaborating to create meaningful action is what a DALI Summit is all about. At The Peabody Memphis in Memphis this October, 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.

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Speaker(s): Thom Jones
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 01:15
Speaker(s): Michael Carbenia, Peter Licata, Peter Sanchioni
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 01:40
Speaker(s): Peter Gorman
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 08:45
Speaker(s): Mark Rothschild
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 09:20
Speaker(s): Nigel Nisbet
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 09:45
Speaker(s): Elliott Levine
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:50
Speaker(s): Jayme Smithers, Ayinde Rudolph, Arthur Souza
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:15
Speaker(s): Jan Mills
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 11:40


Speaker(s): Pete Watson
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 09:25
Speaker(s): Becky Simon-Burton
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 09:50
Speaker(s): Johnjoe Farragher, Generva Walters
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:30


Arthur Souza is the Complex Area Superintendent for West Hawaii and has served the Department of Education for the past 29 years, including 14 years as CAS. He leads 19 public schools in the West Hawaii Complex Area, which serves the western half of the Big Island. As a leader in the development of the Hawaii DOE’s CAS Community of Practices and with his ongoing partnership with the Harwood Innovators Lab and Hokupa’a community initiatives, Souza continues to strive to find more transformative and innovative practices for school communities and students to be successful. He and his wife reside in Waimea and are the proud parents of two sons.

Prior to Dr. Ayindé Rudolph joining Mountain View Whisman School District in California as superintendent in 2015, he served as associate director of school transformation at the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, a federally funded program that encourages communities to develop public-private partnerships. In each position he has held throughout his career, Rudolph has led dramatic turnarounds, including leading a high school to consecutive national rankings. Dr. Rudolph has three children, who have inspired him to develop the same type of learning environments he would want for them.

Becky Simon-Burton has been with Edmentum for over seven years, holding various roles during her tenure. She is currently regional vice president of sales, covering the south central United States, and partnering with schools and districts in Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama. Simon-Burton is passionate about student success and moving education forward, and takes it as a personal challenge to understand the unique needs of each customer.

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.

Dr. Genevra Walters, superintendent of Kankakee SD111, is committed to developing an educational system that creates opportunities for all children to be valued, contributing citizens in a fast-changing global society. Dr. Walters is in her third year of implementing a career-focused model that she created to expose elementary students to a variety of careers starting at a young age. The idea that is as students grow, they will discover their interests and build the critical 21st-century skills they need to succeed.

Jayme is responsible for the Sales, Marketing, Customer Success and overall Go to Market (GTM). Jayme is passionate about Thoughtexchange given the platform’s power to engage communities and corporations with the right insight to make a difference! Prior to Thoughtexchange, Jayme has been successfully building and scaling high performance teams by leveraging systems, processes and ensuring the customer is at the heart of any decision. Outside of Thoughtexchange, Jayme enjoys the outdoors with his family.

Johnjoe Farragher is co-founder and CEO of Defined Learning, a transformative education technology company focused on providing opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios. Johnjoe’s vision and leadership at Defined Learning has helped over 75,000 teachers bring real-world learning opportunities to students in over 4,000 schools nationwide.

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!

Nigel Nisbet is the Director of Content Creation at the MIND Research Institute, designing new instructional software that uses a highly visual game-based approach to teach mathematics to students, regardless of their language proficiency. A former High School Mathematics teacher and Mathematics Coordinator with the Los Angeles Unified School District, he is an expert in classroom technology and experiential learning. In addition to a degree in Pure mathematics from the University of London, he has a MA in Educational Administration.

After 41 years in multiple California school districts, Pete Watson has led reform efforts through professional development and quality leadership. He served as superintendent of the Upland Unified School District with a background as chief business officer as well as director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. Pete is currently the superintendent in residence at Illuminate Education.

Peter Gorman brings more than 30 years of experience in education as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Peter Gorman Leadership Associates. He was a teacher, principal and district administrator in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties in Florida before becoming superintendent of schools in Tustin, California. In 2006, he became superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. The district won the 2011 Broad Prize in Urban Education and 17 members of the team have gone on to be superintendents.

Dr. Licata has served as an Assistant Superintendent and Director of Curriculum, Charter Schools, Alternative Education, Choice Programs, International Baccalaureate Programs and Career and Technical Education. Prior to those roles, he was a high school and middle school Principal in Palm Beach County, Florida. He received his B.A. in Business Administration and Political Science at the University of Miami, M.S. in Educational Leadership from Barry University, and Ph.D. in Global Leadership from Lynn University.

Dr. Sanchioni has been the superintendent in Natick, Massachusetts for the past ten years. During his time in Natick he initiated a 1:1 program for grades 8-12 and an iPad rotational /instructional program for K-4. The use of technology combined with a strong commitment to teacher development and PLCs has
propelled the public schools to higher levels of student achievement. In addition, Dr. Sanchioni is co-
chair of the Digital Learning Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Department of

Thom Jones is a former administrator and teacher with more than 19 years of experience in public education. While principal of Dublin Willard Grizell, the school was the only Ohio middle school designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School in 2009. At NaviGate Prepared since 2013, Thom leads his team as they strive to help move school districts to the forefront of emergency preparedness.

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