• SAVE THE DATE 2023 Schools of the Future
    November 16 & 17
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Important Dates:
November 15, 2023- Pre-Conferences
November 16 & 17, 2023- SOTF Conference

The 15th annual Schools of the Future Conference will explore a wide-range of topics and ideas related to best practices in education. This event is the largest of its nature in the Hawai'i and serves as an opportunity for teachers and administrators, across Hawaii's public, private and charter school educators and administrators to reflect upon how schools can better serve students. The conference is produced annually in partnership with the Hawai'i State Department of Education, the Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools, the Hawai'i Community Foundation and the Hawai'i Society for Technology in Education.


  • 4 Keynote speakers – two on each day of the conference
  • 10+ Featured Speakers - aligned with tracks
  • 100+ Breakout Sessions and Workshops
  • Interactive Playgrounds
  • Networking Spaces with Facilitated Conversations
  • Student-led Sessions
  • NEW! On-Demand Recorded Content Package included as part of the SOTF registration.
  • Early Childhood Learning
  • Learning Variabilities
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Project and Place-Based Learning
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)
  • Leading Schools of the Future
  • Learning Not Lost: Preserving and Perpetuating Best Practices
  • NEW! Career Technical Education (CTE)
More information and announcements coming soon! In the meantime, please email the SOTF Planning Committee with any inquiries.

SOTF Pre-Conferences - October 19, 2022


Morning Pre-Conference with Ted Dintersmith

From Schools of the Future to What School Could Be NOW

Hear from educational change agent, author, and venture capitalist, Ted Dintersmith about how we accelerate, elevate, and amplify the individual successes of our Hawaiʻi public, public charter and private schools towards innovation in student-driven, real-world learning for ALL. This Executive Design Lab experience will reconnect us after the isolation of COVID to leverage the successes of your school to create a strong network of leaders committed to learning from each other's innovations, and educate generations of young people who will shape the future of Hawaiʻi, and the world.


About Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith is the Executive Producer of the acclaimed film, Most Likely to Succeed. With Tony Wagner, he is the co-author of the book that followed the film, Most Likely to Succeed. Ted is the author of the best selling book, What School Could Be and the founder of the Innovation Playlist resource library and the What School Could Be Global Online Community, all under the umbrella of WhatSchoolCouldBe.org. Ted has visited Hawaiʻi more than a dozen times and believes this 50th state can be a model to the nation and the world of what school could be and what learning could be.


About Kapono Ciotti

Executive Design Lab Facilitator: Kapono Ciotti taught in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Dakar, Senegal, for over a decade before moving into school leadership. Kapono has led schools in the United States and Egypt, where he put into practice the philosophy of "students making the world a better place," meaning shifting school culture to impact-based education. He has worked internationally in educational change organizations, leading the work of deeper learning and place-based and culture-based pedagogy. In these roles, he has trained teachers in over 100 schools and school districts over four continents, impacting hundreds of thousands of students. He currently lives between Hawaii, Egypt, and Senegal and is the Executive Director of What School Could Be.


Afternoon Leading Schools of the Future Summit

The Ultimate School Talk Story: Making Our Stories Matter

The Leading Schools of the Future Summit will take place at the Hawaii Convention Center on October 19, convening leadership teams from Hawaii’s Public, Private and Charter Schools. This year's Summit will focus on how the stories we tell help us understand the past and set aspirations for our future. The LSOTF Summit will explore how we, as school leaders, listen for and lift up the stories that matter to move schools forward. Schools are encouraged to bring a leadership team of 3-5 to best help connect, challenge and develop a common story.

During the event, school teams will:

  • Strengthen their sense of how individual and school stories can be catalysts for future school transformation.
  • Learn how to lead storytelling strategies/protocols at their schools to foster connection in service of their school goals.
  • Articulate 1 or 2 steps they will take to amplify their school's stories within the wider community.
  • Be ready to maximize the full SOTF Conference experience in service of their individual and collective aspirations for their schools.
Leigh Fitzgerald
Vice President of Academic Affairs,
Mid-Pacific Institute
Mark Hines, Ph.D
Director of Kupu Hou Academy,
Mid-Pacific Institute
Lisa Mireles, Ed.D
Director of Design and Research,

Registration Information and Fees

Morning Event Only
From Schools of the Future to What School Could Be NOW - $30

Afternoon Event Only
The Ultimate School Talk Story: Making Our Stories Matter - $100 (includes lunch)

Full Day
Includes Morning Event, Lunch and Afternoon Event - $130

Full Day Schedule
8:00 - 9:00: Arrival and Connection Time
9:00 - 9:20: Remarks by Ted Dintersmith
9:30 - 11:00: Executive Design Lab, Facilitated by Kapono Ciotti
11:00: Morning Session End Time
11:00 - 11:30: Break
11:30 - 12:30: Lunch and Networking
12:30 - 4:30: Leading Schools of the Future (LSOTF) Summit