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Upstate 2024

May 16 (4pm-7pm) 
May 17 (8:30am - 3:00pm)

Where Innovation Meets Excellence

Welcome to Innovate Upstate, a creative conference designed to ignite and amplify the spirit of innovation across Upstate New York. This unique event is tailored to bring together educational leaders, thought leaders, and visionaries from various districts to explore, collaborate, and propel Upstate New York into a future marked by groundbreaking innovation.


Opening Keynote: Tom Burton

Retired Superintendent of Princeton City Schools

Topic: "Sometimes the Apple Bounces"

Tom Murray

Director of Future Ready

Topic: "Leading With Purpose"



Panel Discussions by local educational leaders sharing best practices in leading innovations featuring

  • Nick Picardo, Superintendent at Kendall CSD

  • Luvelle Brown, Superintendent, Ithaca City School District-Virtual

  • Kim Smith, Co-leads the Center for Inclusive Innovation at Digital Promise collaborating with and supporting a national network of forward-thinking school district leaders

  • Lynne Rutnik,District Superintendent, Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES

Breakout Sessions on Implementation Strategies, Classroom Innovations, Leadership Development, and more.

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