The Leadership Academy will lead three exciting sessions at SXSW EDU 2024 in Austin, TX, where the brightest minds in education come together to share ideas, network, and create the future of teaching and learning.  Click on the session names below to learn more about how you can join The Leadership Academy Lead Executive Officer and President Nancy Gutiérrez and Executive Director of Curriculum Development & Equity Mary Rice-Boothe for these critical discussions focused on supporting education leaders.

Why Do Principals of Color Need Affinity Spaces?
Mar 4, 2024 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT
Austin Convention Center, Room 18AB

In recent years, The Leadership Academy and Surge Institute have each launched their own affinity spaces for principals of color. In this session, join The Leadership Academy’s Mary Rice-Boothe and Surge Institute’s TaraShaun Cain to learn more about the impact of principal affinity groups and what leaders need to thrive in their roles. We will also discuss recommendations for school districts and policymakers around both recruitment and retention of principals of color. You can also join Dr. Rice-Boothe for a special signing of her book, Leading Within Systems of Inequity in Education: A Liberation Guide for Leaders of Color, on March 4 from 2:30pm to 3pm in Room 10C on Level 3 of the Austin Convention Center.

Tomorrow’s Principal Podcast: Will AI Be Your Next Principal?
Mar 6, 2024 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon A

In the Artificial Intelligence era, the pace and scale of change is rapid. How must leadership change to meet this moment? Join The Leadership Academy’s Lead Executive Officer & President Nancy Gutiérrez and The Aspen Institute’s Gene Pinkard, along with Superintendent Kevin Polston of Kentwood (MI) Public Schools and Eva Mejia of IDEO, for a live podcast recording of “Tomorrow’s Principal.” The panel will discuss strategies for leading through a new era of technology and creating inclusive school environments in a globalized world.

Supporting the Equity Officer in K-12 Education
Mar 6, 2024 4:00pm – 5:00pm CT
Austin Convention Center, Room 18AB

The K12 education equity officer role is essential to helping school districts dismantle inequities and build new systems that will support the most minoritized. Join this groundbreaking conversation with The Leadership Academy’s Mary Rice-Boothe and Maurice Swinney of Chicago Beyond to gain deep insight, strategies, and resources for helping equity officers to thrive and be successful in their roles.