Academic Leaders Summit June 8-9

Getting You Ready for Herndon!

Welcome Academic Leaders!

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We are excited that you all will be joining us in Herndon for our first Academic Leaders Summit! While we continue to build out details of our time together, below you will find essential information to assist you with travel plans. We will continue to update you via newsletter between now and the summit. As always, please let us know if you have additional questions.

In Partnership,

School Leadership Development Team

Darren Reed and Brandi Maynard

Essential Summit Planning Information!

Summit Hotel

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport hotel. All summit sessions will take place at this location.

Hilton Washington Dulles Airport
13869 Park Center Road
Herndon, Virginia I 20171 t 703-478-2900

You will need to book your hotel using this link no later than May 15th to get a discounted rate of $189 per night. Please have your credit card information ready.

Booking Travel & Accommodations

As you book travel for this event, please note that the Academic Leader Summit will officially kick off on Wednesday, June 8th with an opening presentation by Allison Cleveland. Please plan on arriving Tuesday evening, June 7th for a social prior to the summit kickoff. The Summit will conclude at 4pm on Thursday, June 9th. Feel free to schedule return flights on Thursday, June 9th after 6:30 PM EST. We will arrange for transportation to the airport as soon as we dismiss.


It is recommended that you fly into Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) which is only a few miles from the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel. You can call the hotel for a shuttle when you arrive. Their phone number is 703-478-2900.


  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the hotel both days. Breakfast will be served from 7am-8:30am in the Belmont IV room.
  • Please plan to attend a fun night out for dinner on Wednesday, June 8th.

*Dietary Restrictions: Please note in your registration if you have any dietary restrictions and email any special requests to Michelle Frederick.

Summit Attire - Attire is business casual.

Pre-work for Academic Leaders Summit- In early May, summit participants will receive, 1. A case study data about a fictitious school, and 2. Three (3) leadership challenges you will solve in a small group while at the summit.

Living the Leadership Simulation - Through a “Living the Leadership” simulation, summit participants will practice essential functions of instructional leadership by solving real life challenges alongside your peers for greater strategic thinking and decision-making practice. You will also receive feedback from your regional leadership teams as you work through the scenarios. Click this link to see a great Infographic that illustrates how the simulations will work!

Instructional Leadership Focus Areas

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Summit Agenda!

Please see draft summit agenda below!
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The Lead360@K12 team leads the design, development, execution, and evaluation of national programs that build exceptional school leadership across K12’s network of managed schools. The team coordinates school, regional and national efforts to improve leadership practice and school outcomes.

Darren Reed

Vice President, School Leadership Development

Brandi Maynard

Professional Development Manager

Mike Kazek

Board Relations Director