Two days, hundreds of educators, limitless knowledge.


Zoom class sessions over dodgy internet. Frazzled parents juggling diaper duty and a work meeting in the room next door. There was little relief this past year from the disruptions brought by COVID-19. But even as schools tentatively welcome back students for in-person class, virtual learning and working is likely here to stay.

Navigating the post-pandemic college and career landscape is the focus of our 30th annual conference, “Leading the Way: The New College and Career Readiness Paradigm.” Coming Monday, Oct. 25, and Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Sagamore Resort on Lake George in upstate New York, it will bring together leaders in education, business and government, all committed to ensuring underserved youth are ready for college and the workplace.

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Included With Your Membership

It’s hard to put a price on the value of meeting your peers, sharing stories, trading best practices and learning from the best. So we don’t. Your school’s CFES membership includes registration fees for the conference.

Virtual and In-Person

While the pandemic forced our 2020 conference to go virtual, there was a bright side: 3,400 participants across 10 time zones were able to watch and participate in discussions. We’re back in person this year, but we’re still maintaining virtual access this year.

Keynote Address

Ray McNulty, president of Successful Practices Network, a non-profit working with schools on drop-out prevention, will deliver the keynote address. McNulty has been a teacher, administrator, university dean, and Vermont education commissioner over an almost 50-year career.

Past Conferences

Every year, we bring inspirational, innovative presenters to the Annual Conference. Some of our past speakers include:

Joan Higginbotham (2019)

Electrical engineer, former astronaut and third African American woman in space.
“The ability to pick yourself up and dust yourself off is a skill that you will need throughout your life.”

Leilani Brown (2020)

Senior vice president, K12 Inc.
“Essential skills are a cornerstone of CFES and K12. They are interconnected, overlapping and indispensable in your life and career. Essential skills will make or break our futures.”

Paul Luna (2020)

President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation
“Every student regardless of where they’re born, skin color or zip code deserves a high quality education. Education is powerful and an equalizer in life.”

Kelli Wells (2017)

Executive Director of Education, GE Foundation
“I want you to be ready. You are smart, you are capable, and nobody can take that away from you except you.”

Rene Godefroy (2018)

Author, motivational speaker
“People are trying to write the script of your life for you. Don’t let their reality become your reality.”

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