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A Message from the Planning Committee

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The Schools of the Future Planning Committee is pleased announce SOTF Reimagined! Given the ongoing uncertainty presented by the Covid-19 situation, the 2020 conference will be virtual. Additionally, since we are no longer beholden to a physical space, the dates have been changed to Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30. We are also pleased to offer this year’s conference at greatly reduced registration rates.

The change of format lends itself well to creativity and innovation. In redesigning the program, attendees will be able to access additional content and participate in multiple tracks, both features that are not possible with an in-person event. New features include:

  • 1 rate grants access to the entire 2-day conference program
  • Synchronous (live) and asynchronous (pre-recorded) sessions
  • Staggered breakout session times for real-time access to multiple tracks

As we have worked to reimagine the 2020 Conference, we have asked all speakers and presenters to ensure that their content is relevant and timely, taking into account all that has transpired as a result of shifting to distance learning this year. The goal of SOTF, as always, is to deliver a conference that helps inform best practices in education going forward. To that end, the planning committee is redesigning the Conference with that intention in mind. The landscape of teaching and learning has changed and this year's Conference aims to support educators as they design effective learning environments for whatever tomorrow may bring.

A note about what will and won't be recorded

  • Keynote Speaker Presentations will only be available live, during their scheduled session time, and will not be recorded.
  • Synchronous Breakout Sessions will be recorded during the conference and the links will be made available to all registered participants after the conference concludes.
  • Asynchronous Sessions will be made available to all registered participants at the start of the conference and will be available through 2020.
  • All recorded and asynchronous sessions will be available through 2020.
Keynote Speakers
  • Ron Berger - Oct. 29

    Ron Berger - Oct. 29

    Ron Berger is Chief Academic Officer for EL Education, a nonprofit school improvement organization that partners with public schools and districts across America, leads professional learning, and creates open educational resources. He is a well-known keynote speaker nationally and internationally on inspiring a commitment to quality, character and citizenship in students.
  • Michele Borba - Oct. 29

    Michele Borba - Oct. 29

    Dr. Michele Borba is an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate and just school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. Her practical, research-based advice is culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.
  • Scott Barry Kaufman - Oct. 30

    Scott Barry Kaufman - Oct. 30

    Scott Barry Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist exploring the depths of human potential. He is interested in using his research to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and self-actualized life. He is a professor at Columbia University where he teaches courses on creativity and well-being, and he is director of research at the 2e Center, Bridges Academy.
  • Ron Ritchhart - Oct. 30

    Ron Ritchhart - Oct. 30

    Ron Ritchhart is a Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator at Harvard Project Zero where his work focuses on the development of school and classroom culture as prime vehicles for developing students’ as powerful thinkers and learners. Ron’s most recent book, Creating Cultures of Thinking, takes readers inside a diverse range of learning environments to show how teachers create classrooms where thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted as part of the day to day experience of all group members.
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Conference Tracks

The Schools of the Future Conference explores a wide-range of topics and ideas. Conference tracks are offered as a means of illuminating content that is of most interest to attendees.

  • Early Childhood Learning
  • Learner Variabilities & Individualized Learning
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Best Practices in 21st Century Learning
  • Leading Schools of the Future
  • Cultural and Place-Based Education
  • Equity and Diversity