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Innovative Schools Summit

The Innovative Schools Summit — the top K-12 education conference — assembles internationally recognized innovators, together with practicing educators and consultants, who are currently finding success with cutting-edge best practices and research-based methodologies in education. These multi-day events provide an opportunity for teachers, administrators, counselors and other educators to learn about new insights and strategies for reaching and teaching students PK-12. The Innovative Schools Summit will come San Antonio (December 1 – 4). This event will include 4 topic-specific National Conferences – providing a unique opportunity for attendees to learn key insights from a broad spectrum of experts and colleagues from throughout North America.

In 2023, the Innovative Schools Summit will be in:

New York: February 22 – 25, 2023

Orlando: March 30 – April 2, 2023

Atlanta:  June 20 – 24, 2023

Las Vegas: July 5 – 9, 2023

San Antonio: November 30 – December 3, 2023

What to Expect at the Innovative Schools Summit

What Educators Have to Say about the Summit

Recent Innovative School Summit Posts

Each Summit Location Features 4 Conferences

Attendees select one conference for which to register, but may attend sessions of all co-located conferences (space-available basis).

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The discussion around school discipline can be polarizing. But almost everyone agrees that students need to be in class in order to succeed academically, and that suspensions and expulsions should be as rare as possible. And almost everyone agrees that student and educator safety should be top priority. This Conference is a must-attend gathering for educators focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to behavior intervention and classroom management.


This conference offers a wide array of critical insights and best practices for reaching and teaching students with a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges – especially trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and PTSD. Classroom teachers, special ed, administrators and other educators will benefit from tools, recommendations and strategies for working with this often high-potential portion of the student population.

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This event features practical, real-world initiatives that are successfully transforming the quality, character and personality of schools. It showcases programs and tools proven to improve school culture and climate. Evidence-based interventions will be introduced, while the forum also highlights high-potential efforts currently being implemented in the laboratory of everyday school life.

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This conference focuses on evidence-based programs and strategies that educators can use to prevent dropouts and to help students experience success in school. More than 1.2 million students in the United States and Canada drop out of high school each year (with the percentages heavily skewed toward males, low-income and minority students). 

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This conference provides an opportunity for teachers, administrators and other educators to learn about new insights, tools and strategies for reaching and teaching students PreK-12. It also provides an opportunity to compare best practices with educators in different geographic locations and different socio-economic environments. Both evidence-based and promising new instructional practices from throughout North America will be showcased.

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Truly effective schools not only help students pass their academic exams and state-mandated tests, but also prepare those students to pass the tests of life. Ironically, research shows that helping young people manage their emotions and build positive relationships not only prepares them for “real life,” but also helps them succeed academically. The Social-Emotional Learning Forum focuses on research-based and classroom-originated interventions, lessons and curriculums that help students manage their emotions, achieve goals, express heart-felt empathy for others, maintain positive relationships and make successful personal decisions.

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Boy Brains & Engagement Conference

Recent education research has focused much more on the learning, social outcomes and schooling experiences of boys. Boys are more likely to be held back, suspended or expelled — or to drop out of school altogether. This conference helps educators support the unique neurochemistry of the male brain and improve academic outcomes.

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Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference

For the past 13 years, this Conference has brought focus to the problem of relational aggression among girls. Many of the field-tested interventions presented at this unique gathering encourage friendship, sisterhood and building other types of supportive relationships – hence the added emphasis on female empowerment.

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What Past Attendees Have to Say…

"This was my first time attending the Summit and I must truly say it was the best Conference I have ever attended. The sessions were very informative, inspiring, and motivating"
High School Principal
Colombus, OH
"I am ready to return to my classroom with a different mindset, being better now than in the past, and focusing on my students future not their present. Moving forward with great expectations and pushing them into their destinies by any means necessary."
Middle School Teacher
Cambridge, MA
"I've been a teacher for 15 years and I learned more from this Conference than I've learned from any other Professional Development I've ever attended. I can't wait to return to school and share with my colleagues!"
Middle School Counselor
Ventura, CA
"Wow! I loved all of the Keynote Speakers - each one was inspiring, thoughtful and reminded me why I got into teaching. I'm so glad I attended and learned strategies to help my most difficult students."
High School Teacher
Baton Rogue, LA
"I loved being able to attend sessions from the full variety of conferences occurring simultaneously."
High School Counselor
Des Moines, IA
"I am already planning to attend next year and plan on bringing more people from my school."
Middle School Vice Principal
Jacksonville, FL
"This is such a great conference. There were so many wonderful sessions that it was difficult to choose which session to attend."
Elementary School Teacher
Savannah, GA
"My attendance at this conference was the best experience I've had in my 27 years as an educator."
High School Teacher
Reston, VA

Who Should Attend?

– Classroom Teachers 
– Principals
– Assistant Principals
– Deans
– Other Administrators
– School Counselors
– School Psychologists

– School Social Workers
– Student Services
– Behaviorists
– Interventionists
– Paraprofessionals
– After-School Program Coordinators
– Other Professionals Working with Young People