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In partnership with the College of Education, the DePaul Career Center is proud to introduce the fourth offering of The Education Leadership Summit. The Education Leadership Summit is a networking and professional development event for College of Education advanced students and alumni who are interested in strengthening their resources and understanding of leadership opportunities beyond their classroom experience.

This event will provide opportunities to:

  • Participate in and listen to a panel discussion of superintendents and other leaders from a range of educational settings
  • Engage in concurrent workshop discussions of education initiatives, trends, and resources
  • Network with all education professionals from panel and concurrent sessions
  • Obtain principal leadership resources and other career resource materials

This one-day event is open to DePaul College of Education students and Education alumni who are considering leadership opportunities within and beyond classroom teaching.

Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare for your professional pursuits by learning about the field from the experts!

Register Today!

General Registration
To register, log-in to DePaul Experience at http://depaul.experience.com. First time using DePaul Experience? Your default username is "dpu" plus the last 7 digits of your DePaul ID (i.e. dpu0123456) and your password is depaul.

Eligibility for Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU)
Students who participate in the full program of the Education Leadership Summit will be issued evidence of participation and notation of credit toward 4.0 CPDU's. All educators maintain the evidence of completion in their own personal files to be available if needed by the state. Students will be able to receive notation at designated table at the end of event.

To receive CPDU credit, you must:

  • Be a DePaul Education Student or Alumni who has a current teacher certification
  • Participate in entire duration of the event from 10am to 2pm
  • Present DePaul ID to event staff at end of the event to receive evidence form
  • Recommended to pre-register for event to be placed on eligibility list for CPDU Credit


9:30am Student Registration and Guest Educators check-in
10:00am to 10:05am Welcome Remarks
10:05am to 11:00am Superintendent and Leader Panel Discussion
11:00am to 11:55am Open Networking with Panelists and Concurrent Presenters (DePaul Club)
Noon to 12:55pm Concurrent Workshop Sessions (Group A)
1:00pm to 1:55pm Concurrent Workshop Sessions (Group B)
2:00pm Final Closing remarks

Concurrent Workshop Sessions

The following presenters will share insight during a topic-based presentation and provide time for questions. As a participant, you will be able to choose one of the topics from group A and another topic from group B to attend during the times listed below.

Group A Concurrent Sessions (Noon to 12:55pm), North Café and Room 11013

  1. The Business of Accountability: Exploring Teacher Evaluations and Creating a Culture of Leadership
    This session examines the perspective of accountability from senior and direct administrative leadership representing suburban and Chicago Public School settings. As teacher effectiveness and expertise continues to be weighted heavily within and beyond the classroom, new evaluation systems have been implemented to hold teachers and administrators to higher accountability standards in order to determine the continued value and impact toward a student’s academic progress and growth. Within this session, you will have an opportunity to hear the benefits and challenges of new teacher and principal evaluations and participate in the discussion of how it impacts and contributes to your professional role in the education community. Discussion will also center on how administrators work with teachers to create a sense of community and collaborative atmosphere within their school cultures.

    Guest Presenter:
    Mr. Eric Fay, Assistant Principal, Ravenswood Elementary School
    Ms. Amber Kleeschulte Richard, Assistant Principal, Prieto Math and Science Academy

  2. What’s Next? – Exploring Educational Roles Beyond the Classroom
    This session examines the possibilities of roles ranging from team leaders, department/grade level chairs, instructional leadership, area coaching positions, and other unique positions that offer an extension of teaching experiences to other roles before assistant principal and principal positions are considered. Hear perspectives from administrators in charter and suburban public school settings who will share their transition to their current positions, creating a culture of collaborative leadership, and how to pursue the next step in your career within the education community.

    Guest Presenters:
    Sean Byrne, Science Department Chair, Glenbard West High School
    Nick Caputi, 11th Grade Chair & Freshmen Advisory Chair, Noble College Prep
    Adam Hudson, District Coordinator, Bloom Trail High School

Group B Concurrent Sessions (1:00pm to 1:55pm), Rooms North Café and 11013

  1. The Case of Common Core – Understanding Best Practices in Implementing State and Federal Initiatives
    This session examines the critical role school leaders play in supporting their education team in transitioning to new standards and initiatives that are implemented on the state and federal level. Administrators and Educators representing Parochial and Suburban Public Schools will share their insight and resources used in supporting their team in the transition of Common Core Standards. On a larger scale, guest administrators will identify best practices as leaders in creating a school culture in which educators feel supported, informed, and receive resources needed to better prepare students for success and meet internal and external objectives.

    Guest Presenters:
    Ben Churchill, Assistant Superintendent for High School Teaching and Learning
    Community Unit School District 300

    Eileen Flanagan, Special Education Teacher
    Elm Middle School

    Marianne Lynch, Principal, Seton Academy  

  2. Making Connections Count – Best Practices for Engagement with Suburban Districts
    Beyond best practices it is important to have a deeper sense of effective engagement with suburban districts regarding teaching and leadership positions. This session provides an inside perspective from seasoned educators and administrators who have experience in suburban hiring processes. Discussion will focus on what makes a marketable candidate, how to bridge relationships and new networks, and suggestions on targeting professional development and enrichment activities that would help you develop richer connections in school communities.

    Guest Presenter:
    Sean Byrne, Science Department Chair, Glenbard West High School
    Dr. Judy Frank-Gonwa, Principal (retired), Wescott Elementary School
    Dr. Johnnie Thomas, Superintendent, Community High School District 155
    Dr. Ingrid Wiemer, Principal, Everett School

Superintendent Panel Discussion

The following educators will be participating in a moderated panel discussion led by William Hoecker, College of Education faculty member and former superintendent.

  • Mr. Lionel Allen, Chief Academic Officer and Vice-President of School Operations, Urban Prep Academies
  • Dr. Jon Bartelt, Superintendent, Bloomingdale School District 13
  • Dr. Ed Cave, Former Superintendent, Batavia Public School District 101
  • Mr. Ben Churchill, Assistant Superintendent for High School Teaching and Learning, Community High School District 300
  • Ms. Erika Lindley, Executive Director, ED-RED
  • Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Dr. Johnnie Thomas, Superintendent, Community High School District 155

Survey Highlights

Feel free to review 2012 Survey Highlights of all participating leadership professionals which shares their perspective of best practices, job searching tips, and trends in the education community:

2012 Education Leadership Summit Highlights Survey

Be sure to pick up the 2013 Highlights Survey from this year’s speakers at the event!

More Information

For more information about the Education Leadership Summit, contact Gina Anselmo, Assistant Director, Career Advisor, DePaul University Career Center, at ganselmo@depaul.edu or (773) 325-7431.

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