2019 PIE Network Summit

  • Overview

September 25- 27, 2019 | Austin, TX

The 2019 Summit is devoted to spurring innovation—sparking new ideas to catalyze advocacy and transform education so that all kids graduate world ready. This working meeting is designed to give you space to refresh and sharpen strategies, test big ideas, and make connections with trusted partners. We’ll share, debate, and dig in on policy, research, and political strategies to effectively defend progress and proactively advance improvements for students.



This experience provides a roughly 60/40 split in structured sessions and unstructured networking opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the country.


Questions or ideas about Summit programming? Contact erice@pie-network.org.


2019 Summit App

Looking for detailed information on Summit sessions, event attendees, and more? The 2019 Summit app will be available in late summer.

  • Detailed Schedule

The 2019 PIE Network Summit will be held in Austin, TX, September 25-27.


A detailed Summit agenda will be available later this summer. Note: the times below are subject to change. 

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Wed, September 25


1:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Working Sessions

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm


4:15 pm - 5:00 pm

Role-alike Time

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Opening Reception

Thu, September 26


8:30 am - 9:30 am

Breakfast & Texas Welcome

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Networking Break

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Breakout Sessions

11:30 am - 11:45 am


11:45 am - 1:15 pm


1:15 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Networking Break

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm


5:15 pm - 6:15 pm


6:15 pm - 8:00 pm


Fri, September 27


8:00 am - 9:00 am


9:00 am - 10:30 am

Breakout Sessions

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Closing Lunch

  • How to prepare


Network members, partners, and any of their invited guests should reach out to rachel@pie-network.org for details on how to register. 



The 2019 Summit will be held at the LINE Hotel in Austin, TX. Reserve your hotel room at a discounted rate. The hotel rate for Summit participants will be available until Sept. 3 or rooms sell out. 


The PIE Network hosts all meals and meeting fees, while participants are responsible for lodging and travel. If you have any questions about lodging or would like to make your hotel reservation online, please email rachel@pie-network.org.




Frequently Asked Summit Questions

What time will Summit start and end?

Programming will begin at approximately 1 p.m. CT on September 25 and will end at noon CT on Friday, September 27.


Leadership Institute alumni will gather for an invitation-only lunch at noon C.T., prior to the official start of programming.

How do I reserve a discounted hotel room?

You can reserve a discounted hotel room online until Sept. 3 or until rooms sell out.

What is the address of the meeting hotel?

The LINE Hotel is located at 111 East Cesar Chavez in Austin, TX.


When does the discounted room rate expire?

The hotel rate for Summit participants will be available until Sept. 3 or rooms sell out.


Which meals are provided by the Network during Summit?
  • Light appetizers will be provided at a welcome reception the evening of Sept. 25.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for registrants and speakers on Sept. 26.
  • Lunch and breakfast will be provided for registrants and speakers on Sept. 27.


Note: while PIE Network hosts all onsite meals and meeting fees, participants are responsible for lodging and travel.

What attire is appropriate?

Summit is never an overly formal affair. Business casual attire is the norm. If you’re joining us for the Eddies!, some participants do choose to wear cocktail attire.


  • The Eddies!

What are the Eddies! Awards?

The Eddies! is an Oscars-style awards ceremony built into the Network’s Summit that recognizes leading advocacy work. The night is billed as “one part roast; one part toast” and has become for many a highly anticipated part of the Summit. Over time, we’ve seen that this recognition is deeply valued by past winners who list the award in bios and display the statue prominently in their offices.


One of our greatest strengths as a Network is working together to spread impact and know-how. In that spirit, we’re proud to feature excellent policymaking and advocacy campaigns from the past year, telling the story of how education policy was advanced one state at a time.

How can I make nominations for 2019?

You can nominate an advocate or organization that has done great work beginning in summer 2019 (and because we don’t always know what’s happening in every statehouse, you can also nominate yourself or your organization). Meanwhile, catch up on the 2018 winners.


Interested in learning more about how winners are selected? Read through the 2019 Eddies! Q & A.