K-12 Leadership Retreat 2021

K-12 Contributing Member Meeting

Please review our COVID-19 safety information. We will continue to update as we get closer to the meeting.


Hotel & Travel

Participants must reserve rooms at the Magnolia Hotel by Friday, 22 October (extended from 18 October) using this link to receive the discounted rate of $139 USD plus taxes, per night.



All IMS district and state Contributing Members are invited to participate in a two-day institutional leadership retreat at the Magnolia Hotel in Denver.

In our first opportunity to get together in quite some time, we're organizing several collaborative workshops and other activities to accelerate progress on key initiatives like Standards First, Compatibility Check, and TrustEd Apps.

Team participation is encouraged. All participants from your organization are required to register in advance.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

Important: Meeting space for the K-12 Leadership Retreat is limited, so register early!

  • Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis (once payment is received) until capacity has been reached.

  • Registration is limited to IMS Contributing Member districts, states, and K-12 Retreat sponsors.

  • Registration is free for each organization's Leadership Board or primary representative and $275 for each additional participant.

  • Registrations received or left unpaid after Monday, 18 October, are assessed a $50 late fee.

  • Online registration closes on—or before if capacity is reached—Monday, 1 November. There is no onsite registration.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations received on or before 18 October 2021 are eligible for a full refund, less any credit card processing fees. No refunds are issued after this date.

  • You can transfer your registration to another person at any time.

Please log in with your IMS member credentials to access the registration form.



If you have any questions about the K-12 Leadership Retreat, contact Karen Daughtery at


Sponsorship Opportunities

Show your leadership in supporting the K-12 community and engage with district and state leaders at the November K-12 Leadership Retreat! See all sponsorship benefits and pricing.

Current sponsors include:

Canvas by Instructure logoCatchOn logoD2L logoInfinite Campus logoMicrosoft logoPowerSchool logoSAFARI Montage logo



Subject to change

Wednesday, 10 November

1:00–3:00 PM: Check-in and Registration

3:00–5:00 PM: Opening Session

  • Powering the New Normal of K-12 Teaching and Learning

    • K-12 Advisory Council will lead discussion and feedback exercises with participants

    • Moderated by Marlo Gaddis, Chief Technology Officer, Wake County Public School System

    • Confirmed speakers/session leaders: Monika Davis, Interim CIO, DeKalb County Schools; Kristy Sailors, Interim Chief Technology Officer, Eanes Independent School District

6:00–7:00 PM: Opening Reception & Networking sponsored by D2L logoMicrosoft logoPowerSchool logo

7:00–9:00 PM: Dinner & Member Spotlight sponsored bySAFARI Montage logo

  • Solving Complex Challenge

Thursday, 11 November

8:00–9:00 AM: Networking Breakfast sponsored byCanvas by Instructure logo

9:00–10:30 AM: Workshop sponsored byInfinite Campus logo

  • Thriving in K-12 with Greater Digital Equity

    • K-12 Advisory Council member moderates a discussion with three district leaders

    • Moderated by Jeff McCoy, Associate Superintendent for Academics, Greenville County Schools

    • Confirmed speakers/session leaders: Daniel Ralyea, Director, South Carolina Department of Education

10:30 AM–12:00 PM: District and Statewide Workshops

  • District Workshop sponsored byCatchOn logo

    • Exploring Actionable Data and Learning Analytics

      • Panel discussion and lightning talks spotlighting innovative ways of showing, utilizing, and protecting student data

      • Moderated by Barbara Nesbitt, Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services, School District of Pickens County

  • Statewide Workshop

    • Elevating the Interoperability Conversation in Your State

      • Three state leaders will present their programs on TrustEd Apps, CASE Network, and System Modernization and lead an ecosystem mapping exercise. Participants will walk away with an action plan for open standards in your states.

      • Moderated by Angela Baker, Knowledge and Resource Manager, Georgia Department of Education

12:00–1:00 PM: Lunch and Roundtables sponsored by PowerSchool logo

  • Working Together: K-12 Peer Collaboration

    • Moderated by Emily Bell, Chief Information Officer, Fulton County Schools

1:00–2:00 PM: Closing Activity

  • Strategizing for Sustainable Success

    • K-12 Advisory Council works with members to create actionable goals for how districts can sustain and elevate their success using IMS.

    • Moderated by Jeanne Imbriale, Director, Enterprise Applications, Baltimore County Public Schools


Thank You, Sponsors!

Canvas by Instructure logoCatchOn logoD2L logoInfinite Campus logoMicrosoft logoPowerSchool logoSAFARI Montage logo

COVID-19 Safety Notice

We have no higher priority than providing a safe and healthy venue for the K-12 Leadership Retreat.

All IMS staff attending the Retreat are fully vaccinated. All attendees will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in advance of the Retreat. We ask that any registered attendee experiencing any common COVID symptoms not attend the meeting.

IMS continues to monitor the changing landscape involving the CDC guidelines. We will follow the City and County of Denver requirements regarding COVID-19 safety. The Magnolia Hotel Denver, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is part of the Marriott International family of brands. They have shared their Commitment to Clean protocols, outlining what you should expect during your stay in Denver.

Please note that this is a very fluid time as we navigate our new normal. We will continue to post updates as needed.


Log in with your IMS member credentials to register.


10 Nov 2021 - 1:10am to 11 Nov 2021 - 1:10am
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