Staying strong in mindset while striving toward ever-effective practice is critical for K-12 district success during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Resiliency in systems and approaches is key to supporting educators, students and parents to continue to move forward on workable solutions when so much seems out of their control. Join this discussion to learn key strategies that K-12 leaders are embracing to support future resiliency in their districts. Panelists will discuss how they see the future of K-12 education, what the new normal is going to look like, and how to ensure all involved are better prepared now and into the future.

Featured Speakers

Heath Morrison

Montgomery Independent School District

At each stage of his career, Heath Morrison has been described as "a teacher on special assignment."  Beginning as a social studies teacher in Virginia and Maryland, he quickly moved into administration, becoming principal of both a middle and high school and was selected as Maryland Principal of the Year in 2004.  He went on to serve as a Community Superintendent in Montgomery County, Maryland, before being selected to serve as Superintendent of Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada.  He has most recently served as Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Under his leadership, all school districts saw rapid gains in state test scores, graduation rates, and participation and performance in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. 

In 2011, Morrison was named Nevada Superintendent of the Year, and in 2012, he became AASA's National Superintendent of the Year. For the last several years he has served in the private sector, first as the Senior Vice-President of Government Affairs at McGraw- Hill Education, before quickly being promoted to President of the School Group. In this role, he has continued to impact education by delivering innovative products, tools. and solutions to improve student learning.

Howie Bender

Vice President, K-12

Howie is a natural collaborator and seasoned strategic leader in education and is a firm believer in the power of education to transform lives, communities and societies. In his role as VP K-12 at D2L, he leads the K-12 segment in their efforts to help educators and schools across North America use Brightspace to deliver an excellent and inclusive education. 

Prior to his time at D2L, Howie spent close to a decade in government, was the executive director of a non-profit, and provided policy advice to senior executives in the broader public sector. He is a former Chief of Staff to different Education and Higher Education Ministers and to the Deputy Premier in Canada's largest province. He also served as the Chief of staff to Canada's first Digital Government Minister and was a member of the Digital Government Board.

David Levin

University Entrepreneur in Residence
Arizona State University

David is focused on innovation - in education and in business. He is the chairman of an AI / Knowledge company ( and is the Executive Producer of the Remote conferences.


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