To make meaningful and sustainable change in the K–12 industry, we need novel ideas, investors to help bring the ideas to life, and school leaders to implement the ideas in classrooms. When an idea lacks the support of any one of these groups, it is destined to fail in the K–12 space.
Yet these three groups rarely have an opportunity to collaborate and fuel educational innovation together, exchanging keen insight from their respective domains that may boost the overall success of the idea.
IEI National Summits convene K–12 entrepreneurs, the investors who provide the capital behind innovation in our industry, and the educators charged with leading our nation's school districts.
We connect K–12 superintendents, mission-driven organizations, and innovative thought leaders to develop effective, sustainable solutions to the real-world, right-now issues facing public education.
Saturday, November 12, 2022
5:00 pm: Optional Pre-conference hospitality and activities
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Pre-conference wellness activities, including golf
3:00-4:00 pm: Registration Open
4:00-5:00 pm: Opening Session and Introductions
5:00-5:15 pm: 2-minute drill part 1
5:45-6:00 pm: Refreshment and beverage break
6:00-6:45 2-Minute Drill Part 2
6:45-7:30 pm: Reception
7:30-9:00 pm: Dinner
9:00 pm: Evening Activity - TBD
8:00-9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00-10:00 am: Spouse Breakfast and Launch Spouse Activities for the day
9:00-10:30 am: Workshop/Breakout 1
10:30-12:30 pm: 1:1s
12:30-1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30-2:30 pm: 1:1s
2:30-3:30 pm: TBD Session
4:00-6:00 pm: TBD Activity
6:00-7:00 pm: Reception
7:00-8:30 pm: Dinner
8:30pm: Evening Activity - TBD
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
8:30-9:00 am: Continental Breakfast
9:00-11:00 am: Workshop/Breakout 3
11:00-12:00 pm: Networking
12:00 pm: Lunch on your own.
1:00 pm: Optional Golf
Dr. Ann Levett,
Savannah-Chatham Public Schools, GA
Dr. Shanna Downs
West Georgia RESA
Dr. Levett has also consulted on significant community development projects in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and several major U.S. cities. In October 2007, she was appointed to the Board of Education for New Haven Public Schools in New Haven, CT. She also served as a board member for two charter schools in New Haven. Since returning to Georgia, Dr. Levett has served in several key positions at the state level and maintained her positions in several national and international organizations. She is a published author, nationally known speaker, and consultant on international educational projects. Most recently, Dr. Levett was named 2021 National Superintendent to Watch. She holds the 2021 Carl Perkins Community Service awardee, 2020 University of Georgia College of Education Lifetime Achievement awardee, 2019 Georgia Outstanding Woman, 2019 Georgia Department of Education’s STEM and STEAM Advocate of the Year, and received numerous awards from other organizations.
Dr. Shanna Downs grew up in Helen, Georgia. A Georgia educator since 1997, she holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education, a Master of Science in Special Education, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership.
She began her educational career teaching special education in grades 2-8 in various settings ranging from inclusion to resource to a self-contained classroom for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. These years were spent in two vastly different school environments, one rural and one inner-city. She later transitioned into the general education setting, where she taught science and math at the middle school level for several years before serving as an Assistant Principal/Academic Coach. She later served as Director of School Improvement, overseeing state and federal programs at the district level for White County Schools in Cleveland, GA, before becoming Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools in Ellijay, GA.
In her six years as Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools, Dr. Downs led numerous projects in school improvement, facilities improvement, and school safety while actively promoting community engagement. In 2021, Dr. Downs accepted the role of Executive Director of West Georgia Regional Education Service Agency (WGRESA), which serves seven school districts in the western region of Georgia with a total student enrollment of 65,000 students. Dr. Downs serves on numerous Boards and Commissions throughout her home state of Georgia.