Nearly every speaker, in each venue, talked of the “essential question(s)” that would be addressed through their presentation. In reflecting on this observation, I thought the same would be true for the conference as a whole. As Nashville begins to fade in our rearview mirrors, what will be the questions we can now answer about improving schooling back home? Reporting the value of attending a national conference is important for us to unpack for our boards and leadership teams, as AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech noted, this has been the highest attended conference in a decade. But what makes this important to us as participants, and relevant in our home districts, is the application of the knowledge we have gathered. With a renewed sense of purpose and optimism, we can travel home to do the hard work necessary to better public education for the students we serve. Thank you AASA for another excellent conference!