March 11, 2020
Developments have been evolving quickly regarding COVID-19 over the last 72 hours. Given the strong recommendations that have recently come forward from local civic leaders and public health officials regarding the spread of the virus, we see no choice other than to cancel our in-person meeting scheduled for April 1–3 in San Francisco, CA.
Instead, we are rapidly redesigning the 2020 Summit as an online-only virtual event (or, more likely, a series of events) that will take place on April 1–3. The exact schedule is still to be worked out, but our goal is to recreate the “Summit experience” as closely as possible for participants. We know how important our annual conference is to the educational community, and we recognize the valuable opportunities it affords for improvers to learn from and network with each other. Incredible amounts of improvement learning are now rapidly occurring in our field, and creating venues to share that learning remains our highest priority. Shifting to this new configuration will not be an easy task, but we are committed to continue growing our learning community as we have done over the past six years.
We have a lot of work to do to transform the Summit into a virtual format and to address all the pre-existing contractual commitments required to put on such a large conference. We appreciate your patience in advance as we work through these issues.
We will reach out to you again later this week with an update on the virtual Summit 2020 and next steps regarding your individual registrations. In the meantime, please remember to cancel any travel arrangements you have made.
President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching