Charlotte, NC - Learning Leadership Symposium

When: Mar 16, 2023

Where: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Vaughan Academy of Technology Media Center, 8601 Old Concord Road, Charlotte, NC 28213

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The Learning Leadership Symposiums hosted by the Learning Counsel are regional professional learning events designed to promote innovation in the field of education. By combining timely research and knowledge of trends and market changes on the horizon, the Learning Counsel facilitates a high-level experience in a single-day workshop format. Organized around guest speakers and collaborative learning structures, the symposiums maintain a professional profile in the education field and are seen as visionary by education leaders nationwide.

Learning Leadership Symposiums Personalize Learning

In order to maximize relevance and increase opportunities for meaningful collaboration, the Learning Counsel is adding an element of personalization to the live events. Each event will be hosted by a local school district in partnership with a regional office of education or service district. To address the unique professional learning needs of each hosting organization and region, a range of content topics will be available to choose from, effectively customizing the agenda and experience.

Structured, Relevant and Timely Content

Experiences are designed to engage participants on three main levels of learning, woven into a content-intensive day.

Research - As a leading research and media organization, the Learning Counsel maintains one of the most comprehensive data sets of teacher and administrator opinion, edtech purchasing trends, strengths and threats, and forward-facing system evolution in the market. A primary element of regional symposiums is the presentation of research data. This briefing gives educational leaders critical insight into the issues and pressures they are facing and provides foundational knowledge they need to inform systemic movement.

Collaboration - Collaboration, reflection, and application are the cornerstones of quality professional learning and are built explicitly into each symposium. By providing a structure for cooperative learning, participants are immersed in an application of knowledge, collaboration with peers, sharing of ideas, and making meaning specific to their own context.

Sharing What Works – Each symposium brings together some of the best and brightest in education to share their learning and successes toward a personalized and flexible learning environment. Guest speakers include superintendents, technology officers, teaching and learning executives, and practitioners who present current practice and innovations in their own systems.


8:00-8:30 a.m. – Welcome & Breakfast

8:30-9:00 a.m. – Educator Guest Keynote – Leadership Priorities Now


Tricia McManus, Superintendent, Winston-Salem/Forsyth county Schools (NC)

9:00-10:00 a.m. – Learning Counsel Research and Trends Briefing

10:00-10:10 a.m. – Break

10:10-10:30 a.m. – Sponsor Guest Speaker

10:30-10:40 a.m. – Sponsor Speaker or Video Showcase

10:40-1:15 p.m. – Leadership Workshops: Staying Current

Learning Topics (each event will address up to four topics, as identified by hosting districts or LEA):

  • Balancing Human and Tech Leadership
  • Differences in Digital Learning Experiences
  • Modeling a Digital Learning Matrix
  • Defining the New Human Teaching
  • Trend Update: Preparing Learners for the Future
  • Amplifying Cross-Curricular Experiences with Digital Resources
  • What the Metaverse Could Mean for Education
  • Social-Emotional Leadership
  • Understanding New Time and Space Logistics
  • Digital Definitions You Should Know
  • Designing with Digital: Good vs. Bad Digital Learning Design
  • Understanding Generation Alpha
  • Data Literacy for Teachers and Administrators
  • Maturity Stages of Digital Transition

10:40-11:05 a.m. – Table Rotation 1

11:10-11:35 a.m. – Table Rotation 2

11:35-12:15 p.m. – Lunch & Keynote

11:50-12:10 p.m. – Educator Guest Keynote: Becoming Human Alongside Tech


Dr. Stephanie Williams, Director of Instructional Technology, Greenville County Schools (SC)

12:10-12:20 p.m. – Sponsor Guest Speaker or Sponsor Video Showcase

12:25-12:50 p.m. – Table Rotation 3

12:50-1:15 p.m. – Table Rotation 4

1:15-1:45 p.m. – Guest Educator Panel – Models, Workflow, Change Management


Kevin Sherrill, Chief Technology Officer, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (NC)


Dr. Stephanie Williams, Director of Instructional Technology, Greenville County Schools (SC)


Shaun Shelton, Director of Technology, Jasper County School District (SC)

1:45-2:00 p.m. – Wrap-Up

2:00-2:30 pm. – Networking



Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Vaughan Academy of Technology Media Center, 8601 Old Concord Road, Charlotte, NC 28213