2018 SOTF Conference 

Early Bird Registration is Open!

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Schools of the Future Conference, convening November 8 & 9, at the Hawai'i Convention Center. Join teachers and administrators from Hawai'i's public, private, charter and parochial schools as we focus on how to prepare student learners for the future. 

SOTF X will explore a wide-range of topics, offering a variety of tracks as a means of illuminating content relating to best practices in 21st Century Education:

SOTF Early Bird Ticket Types and Costs

Ticket Type Ticket Price
Early Bird November 8 & 9 (2-Day) $350
Early Bird November 8 (Day 1) $175
Early Bird November 9 (Day 2) $175
Please Note: On June 1, 2018 the Standard Ticket will take effect and the 2 day ticket will increase by $100 and the 1 day ticket price will increase by $50.  


Group Discount

A group discount of 10% is available for groups of 10 or more from the same institution/organization. To receive the code, please email Megan Polak at mpolak@hais.us.

Register Today! 


Conference Speakers 

Keynote Speaker    Keynote Speaker


Dr. Sugata Mitra
Best known for his "Hole in the Wall" experiment and School in the Cloud
Dr. Tina Payne Bryson 
Co-author (with Dan Siegel) of two New York Times bestsellers "The Whole-Brain Child" and "No-Drama Discipline"


Featured Speaker


Featured Speaker   Featured Speaker



Dr. Christina Kishimoto
Superintendent - Hawaii State Department of Education
Dr. Miki Tomita 
Kendall Zoller
Author, educator and presenterin communicative intelligence, presentation and facilitation skills, leadership and adaptive schools
    Featured Speaker   Featured Speaker 


Dr. Susanne Nobles

Partnerships Director for the Learner Positioning Systems (LPS) at Digital Promise Global


Melanie Rick

National Board Certified Teacher, certified Reading Specialist, co-owner and senior arts integration consultant for Focus 5, Inc.


2018 Schools of the Future Call for Proposals is Open


Be a part of the 10th annual Schools of the Future Conference! We are seeking proposals related to pedagogy and best teaching practices to help educators prepare student learners for the future. This year's conference will take place on November 8th & 9th, at the Hawai'i Convention Center. 

To submit a proposal, please complete the 2018 SOTF Submission Form. For your reference, we have also created a  Proposal Planning Template.  

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.  Session proposals can be submitted in one of the conference tracks listed below, but can encompass a wide-range of topics.  For sessions that may fall under multiple tracks, please submit the proposal under the best-fitting track.

Each conference track offers general guidelines and keywords that best represent the interests of this year's conference. These guidelines are offered to assist and are by no means limitations.

Session Format Type:

Note: All presentation formats may involve 1 or more presenters. Student participation is encouraged.

Proposal Submission Guidelines:

When completing the Proposal Submission Form, you will be asked to include the Presentation Title - 100 characters maximum - and a Presentation Summary - 3-10 sentences or 750 characters maximum. If your proposal is selected, the description provided will appear in the SOTF program and will be made viewable on the conference program app. Please be sure that it fully and accurately describes the topic on which you will be presenting and what you will be doing during your session. Please make sure that all content (including spelling and grammar) is suitable for public reference.

Proposal Review Criteria:

Keep in mind that the proposal reviewers may not know you or your reputation or be familiar with the specific technologies, models or instructional strategies you are addressing. Be sure to provide sufficient detail including full names (not acronyms) and brief descriptions of all such elements in your proposal summary so reviewers can evaluate the relevance and usefulness of the information to attendees.

Specifically, reviewers will evaluate your proposal for its:

The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended to April 2, 2018 and notifications will be sent by April 27, 2018.

Submit a Proposal


Sponsor/Exhibitor - Applications Available Now! 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for the tenth annual SOTF Conference we are now accepting applications!  Please review the SOTF Information Form and complete the Application Form if you are interested.  If you would like more information or to set up a time to talk further, please email Megan Polak at mpolak@hais.us. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

2017 SOTF Conference Re-Cap 

The year's SOTF Conference once again experienced a record number of attendees, with total participation over two days of 2109! The conference featured 3 keynote speakers, 16 featured speakers, 7 interactive playgrounds, 43 exhibitors and sponsors, 121 breakout sessions and 129 presenters. HAIS membership was very well represented, with attendees hailing from 44 different member schools! Feedback was extremely positive as well. Of the 468 attendees that responded to the SOTF Feedback Form, 85% rated their overall level of satisfaction as either high or extremely high. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the 10th Annual SOTF Conference in 2018!

Conference Overview

The Ninth Annual Schools of the Future Conference was held on October 26 & 27 from 7:30am - 5:00pm, at the Hawaii Convention Center. Teachers and administrators from Hawai'i's public, private, charter and parochial schools joined together to focus on how to best transform our existing schools and create new learning environments for the 21st Century. 

Keynote Speakers 

Marc Prensky
Thursday 10-26 
Opening Keynote 
Zoe Weil 
Thursday 10-26 
Lunch Keynote 
George Couros 
Friday 10-27
Opening Keynote