NY, NJ - Learning Leadership Symposium

When: Oct 5, 2023

Where: Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES - School Services Building, 200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

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The Learning Leadership Symposiums hosted by the Learning Counsel are regional professional learning events designed to promote innovation and help leaders address current issues and opportunities 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

To maximize relevance and increase participation, the Learning Counsel has added an element of personalization to the live events. Each event will be hosted by a local school district, sometimes in partnership with a regional office of education or service district. To address the unique professional learning needs of the hosting organization and regional participants, a range of content topics will be selected by the host, 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.

Current 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 in their work to create personalized and flexible learning environments. Guest speakers include superintendents, technology officers, teaching and learning executives, and practitioners who present current practice and innovations in their own systems.

Hosting District

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8:30-9:00 a.m. – Welcome & Breakfast

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


Dr. Laurie Bandlow, Superintendent of Schools, Brewster Central School District


Dr. Michelle Gosh, Deputy Superintendent, Brewster Central School District

9:30-10:30 a.m. – Learning Counsel Education Research and Trends Briefing

10:30-10:40 a.m. – Break

10:40-11:00 a.m. – Sponsor Guest Speaker

11:00-11:10 a.m. – Sponsor Speaker or Video Showcase

11:10-1:45 p.m. – Education Leadership Workshops: Staying Current

Learning Topics

  • Differences in Digital Learning Experiences
  • Trend Update: Preparing Learners for the Future
  • Amplifying Cross-Curricular Experiences with Digital Resources
  • Maturity Stages of Digital Transition

11:10-11:35 a.m. – Table Rotation 1

11:40-12:05 a.m. – Table Rotation 2

12:05-12:45 p.m. – Lunch & Keynote

12:20-12:40 p.m. – Educator Guest Keynote: Leadership Priorities Now


Dr. James Kaishian, Superintendent of Schools, Briarcliff Manor Schools

12:40-12:50 p.m. – Sponsor Guest Speaker or Sponsor Video Showcase

12:55-1:20 p.m. – Table Rotation 3

1:20-1:45 p.m. – Table Rotation 4

1:45-2:15 p.m. – Guest Leadership Panel – Models, Workflow, Change Management


Dr. Jeremy Luft, Superintendent of Schools, Putnam Valley School District


Dr. Colin Byrne, Superintendent of Schools, Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District

2:15-2:30 p.m. - Break

2:30-3:30 p.m. – Learning Model Simulation: Using time and space differently to maximize teacher time and personalize learning experiences.



Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES - School Services Building, 200 BOCES Drive, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598