National Summit on Education

2020: Bringing Leaders Together, Virtually

For more than a decade, ExcelinEd—and partners across the country—have been a part of a movement to transform education. With the massive challenges created by the global pandemic—and renewed resolve to address educational equity—this year sounds an urgent call to action on behalf of students and their future.

To help shape analysis and spur action, ExcelinEd is hosting EdPalooza on Tuesday, December 1 through Thursday, December 3, 2020.  This virtual event aims to gather policymakers and influencers from across the nation and globe, with a central focus to ignite ideas, inspire change and boldly shape America’s education future to benefit our students. Our convening, and the work that could result, has never been more necessary.

As part of the three-day virtual program, ExcelinEd is designing a broad and diverse array of content and conversation, which includes afternoon “Paloozas” of interactive, live content. With no physical space constraints, ExcelinEd is offering trusted partners the opportunity to host sessions on education topics of their choosing.

Convening the Nation’s Education Leaders 

ExcelinEd’s annual National Summit on Education is the nation’s premier gathering of education policymakers, practitioners and advocates. More than a thousand state and national leaders convene for the annual event, providing an unparalleled forum for exchanging results-based solutions and strategies that can shape public policy so critical to transforming education. This unique conference serves as a catalyst for energizing and accelerating education improvements across the nation. 

Inspirational Speakers

The National Summit features inspirational, nationally renowned speakers such as Dr. Arthur Brooks, Dr. Clayton Christensen, Arne Duncan, Melinda Gates, Dr. Jonathan Haidt, Sal Khan, Hadi Partovi, Dr. Steve Perry, Dr. Condoleezza Rice and many more.

Engaging Sessions

In-depth strategy sessions highlight evolving laws, new trends, successful policies and the latest innovations that are transforming education for the 21st century. Sessions provide an unparalleled forum for attendees to explore best practices critical to improving education in states across the nation. 

By the Numbers


Cities—Boston, Denver, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.—have hosted the National Summit since


Changemakers from 46+ states and D.C. have attended each year since 2013, and 500+ have attended from 41+ states since 2010. T


Views have been logged of the 300+ National Summit keynotes, strategy sessions, interviews and highlights videos.


Organizations have sponsored the National Summit demonstrating their commitment as an organization that values and supports ed


Registrants from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C. attended #EIE19 in San Diego.


Elected or appointed state officials, including 9 state education chiefs, attended #EIE19.


Views have been logged of #EIE19 keynotes, strategy sessions and highlight videos. Plus, #EIE19 content reached 5 million thro


Of attendees rated #EIE19 with an A or B for content, value, usefulness to their work and networking opportunities.


What They Are Saying

“National Summit has been the most impactful education policy conference we participate in.” 

Hadi Partovi


“The National Summit ​was both enlightening and energizing. I was glad to both share and learn about what’s working across the country from others on the front lines of education reform.” 

Shaka Mitchell

Tennessee State Director, American Federation for Children

“The National Summit on Education Reform is THE place to be for legislators and policymakers to come and listen to ideas that are working in other states.”

Sen Anitere Flores

Florida State Senate

“The energy at the Summit as well as its excellent speakers and wide range of participants from the various states are a testament to ExcelinEd’s remarkable mission.” 

Ambika Kapur

Program Officer, Carnegie Corporation

Become a Sponsor

The National Summit is far more than an invigorating set of sessions and networking opportunities. This one-of-a-kind event produces significant, positive impact on students, on families and on creating an education system that prioritizes all children. The knowledge and ideas exchanged here are taken back home to states across the country where they spur transformative change in education opportunity, innovation and quality. 

Sponsor the National Summit on Education Reform and show your commitment as an organization that values and supports education! Contact Raquel Cisneros at or 850.391.1306 today. 

Agendas & Videos

View all available keynote, general and strategy sessions from previous events.