Summit Agenda



Summit Objectives

  1. Activate the System of Great Schools (SGS) professional learning community
  2. Establish a shared understanding of the SGS strategy
  3. Utilize current context to begin planning for the future

Wednesday June 28, 2017


Day 1 Objectives for District Leaders

  1. Distinguish what high-quality SGS implementation looks like
  2. Assess your district’s current state
  3. Begin to discuss what SGS implementation might look like in your district

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9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Welcome and Introduction to the SGS Summit

Joe Siedlecki, Director, Division of System Support and Innovation, TEA


9:05 AM - 9:30 AM


9:30 AM - 10:20 AM

What Does A Successfully Implemented System of Great Schools Look Like?

Keynote Conversation with Tom Boasberg, Superintendent, Denver Public Schools



11:35 AM - 12:05 PM

Sharing Our Assessments


12:10 PM - 1:00 PM

Interdistrict Working Lunch: Utilizing Lone Star Governance in the SGS Network

Brief Lunchtime Remarks: A.J. Crabill, TEA Deputy Commissioner for Governance


1:00 PM - 1:40 PM

What did the SGS Readiness Assessment Tell Us? Key Trends and Considerations

Larry Stanton, Director of Field Services, Mass Insight Education and Andrea Wolfe, Engagement Director, Mass Insight Education


1:50 PM - 3:00 PM

Break-out Block 1 – From Thought to Action on Key SGS Levers


Superintendents Closed Door Discussion

Facilitators: Paul Pastorek, Managing Partner, Pastorek Partners LLC and Duncan Klussmann, DFK Advising

School Board Members Closed Door Discussion

Facilitators: A.J. Crabill, TEA Deputy Commissioner for Governance and Mary Seawell, former Denver Public Schools Board President


Note: If you are not a superintendent or board member, please pick the session topic below that is most relevant to your role. We encourage districts to have representation at each session.


Lever 1.1 – How Might We Define a “Great” School? Considerations in Developing School Performance Frameworks

Facilitators: David Stewart, Founder and CEO, Tembo Inc. and Collin Moore, Chief of Staff and Senior Project Manager, Kitamba Inc.

Lever 1.2 - How Might We Thoughtfully Manage our Portfolio of Schools? Considerations in Developing a Rigorous and Holistic School Portfolio Management Process

Facilitators: Star Wallin, CEO, Bell Creek, Brian Eschbacher, Director of Enrollment & Analytics, Denver Public Schools


3:05 PM - 4:15 PM

Break-out Block #2 – From Thought to Action on Key SGS Levers


Lever 1.1 – How Might We Define a “Great” School? Considerations in Developing School Performance Frameworks

Facilitators: David Stewart, Founder and CEO, Tembo Inc. and Collin Moore, Chief of Staff and Senior Project Manager, Kitamba Inc.

Lever 1.2 - How Might We Thoughtfully Manage our Portfolio of Schools? Considerations in Developing a Rigorous and Holistic School Portfolio Management Process

Facilitators: Star Wallin, CEO, Bell Creek, Brian Eschbacher, Director of Enrollment & Analytics, Denver Public Schools

Lever 2 – How Might We Build Capacity to Create and Expand Great Schooling Options? Paths to Creating and Expanding Great Schools

Facilitators: Alex Shub, CEO, Schools Empowerment Network, Carolyn Yaffe, COO, School Empowerment Network, Rajeev Bajaj, Founder and CEO, Kitamba Inc.

Lever 4 – How Do We Understand and Address Talent Needed to Fuel Our Schools? Developing a School Talent Landscape Analysis and Building Talent Pipeline Plans

Facilitators: Lesley Guggenheim, Vice President, TNTP, Kelvey Oeser, Partner, TNTP


4:25 PM - 5:00 PM

What Did We Learn in the Breakout Sessions that Can Inform Our District’s Work? District Team Work Session with Executive Advisors





June 29, 2017


Day 2 Objectives for District Leaders

  1. Apply lessons learned from other districts who have pursued SGS reforms as your district plans for the future
  2. Analyze specific local issues through the lens of the SGS strategy
  3. Begin to develop a System of Great Schools Implementation Roadmap


9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Welcome to Day 2 - Planning for the Future

Mike Herschenfeld, Manager, District Strategy, Division of System Support and Innovation, TEA


9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

What Would We Have Done Differently? Advice for the Future: A Keynote Conversation with Veterans of SGS Implementations

  • Jean-Claude Brizard, Partner and Vice President, Cross and Joftus, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, former Superintendent of Rochester City School District
  • Chris Barbic, Senior Fellow, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, former Founding Superintendent of the Tennessee Achievement School District, former Founding CEO of YES Prep Public Schools
  • Alyssa Whitehead Bust, CEO of Foxhall Consulting Services, former Chief Academic and Innovation Officer of Denver Public Schools
  • Joe Siedlecki, Director, Division of System Support and Innovation, TEA

10:55 AM - 11:55 AM

District Consultancies – Exploring Problems of Practice as We Begin to Implement


Managed Instruction vs. Performance Empowerment

Pedro Martinez, Superintendent/San Antonio ISD/Mohammed Choudhury, Chief Innovation Officer, San Antonio ISD

Developing a Rigorous and Holistic Portfolio Management Process

Scott Muri, Superintendent, Spring Branch ISD/Elliott Witney, Associate Superintendent for Research and Design, Spring Branch ISD

Expanding Great Schools

Abelardo Saavedra, Superintendent, South San Antonio ISD/Delinda Castro, Chief Academic Officer, South San Antonio ISD

Building Talent Pipeline Plans

Dr. Kelli Moulton, Superintendent, Galveston ISD/Annette Scott, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Galveston ISD


12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Working Lunch: AIR Professional Learning Community (PLC) Design Feedback Session

Cheryl Harris, Senior Technical Assistance Consultant


12:55 PM - 2:10 PM

What Are Our Next Steps? Planning for the Future - District Team Work Session with Executive Advisors


2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

What Comes Next and Call to Action

Joe Siedlecki, Director, Division of System Support and Innovation, TEA

Note: Attendees are responsible for their own transportation at the end of the conference.


3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Optional - TEA Office Hours

Questions Regarding SGS Program and Next Steps

Mike Herschenfeld, Manager, District Strategy and Innovation, Division of System Support and Innovation, TEA

Updates on Sub C and District/Charter Partnership Law

Joe Siedlecki, Director, Division of System Support and Innovation, TEA and Chris Jones, General Counsel, TEA

Using ESSA Funds for SGS Related School Actions

Doug Dawson, Manager, School Redesign Fund Division of System Support and Innovation