Summit 2017

April 26 & 27 @ McAllen, TX

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School Operations Conference for Knowledge Sharing

April 26 - 28 @ McAllen, TX

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IDEA in 2022









IDEA Public Schools will be among the 30 largest school districts in America by 2022—our goal is to also be among the best. What does it take for a thriving public school network to continue to improve student outcomes as it grows quickly in response to national demand? How can civic, education, and philanthropic leaders support high-quality school options for all families in their region?

Join us as we learn what’s working both inside and outside of classrooms and participate in IDEA’s signature celebration of college acceptance, College Signing Day!

Contacts and Travel Information

Reach Higher Summit

IDEA in Action Track
Daniel Fishman
Vice President of Growth | IDEA Public Schools
512-810-4389 |

How IDEA Works Track
Lindsey Schaefer
Vice President of National
Advancement | IDEA Public Schools
956-373-5814 |

Higher Education Partners Track
Tarah Burris
Director of College Partnerships | IDEA Public Schools
956-678-8890 |

Operations Track
Alexandra Hammer
Operations Project Manager | IDEA Public Schools
956-272-2973 |

For Hotel Reservations
Embassy Suites by Hilton
800 Convention Center Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501
Group Code: IDE
*Location of Dinner and Summit sessions.

Air Travel
McAllen Miller International Airport (MFE)

McCreery Airport (Charter Flights)
(956) 686-1774

Hotel provides ground transportation to and from McAllen Miller International Airport.

IDEA to provide bus transportation to Summit events on Thursday, April 27.

More Information on IDEA Public Schools

Things to do in McAllen

SOCKS Conference

You will be flying into McAllen Miller Airport.

There will be shuttles waiting for you at the airport (look for the people holding a “SOCKS Conference” sign) departing the airport every hour from 11am to 7pm. There will also be an Embassy Suites/Home2 hotel shuttle available.

If you arrive on the off-hour and you would like to take a cab, know that there are very few in the Rio Grande Valley and Uber is, unfortunately, not an option. We do have Lyft if you’d like to download that app.

If you’re managing your commute from the airport, have your driver take you to Embassy Suites or Home2 in McAllen.

Note: Your hotel name can be found here.