2017 Schools of the Future Conference
Hawai'i Convention Center
October 26 & 27, 2017
The 9th annual Schools of the Future Conference – convening all-day on Thursday & Friday, October 26 & 27, 2017 at the Hawaii Convention Center – is open to all public, private, parochial and charter school educators, as well as parents and students, and business and community members, with an expected attendance of over 1,500 educators. More than 90 presentations by keynote speakers, featured speakers and classroom teachers will share best practices over the two days of the conference.
There are three keynote spots – one each morning and one for lunch on the first day. In addition, there are featured speaker slots during the break-outs and break-out sessions where people apply to present in one of the tracks, informal like-minded group meetings, and trade show and demonstration “playgrounds.”
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.
- Project/Design/Inquiry-Based Learning
- Teaching and Learning with Technology - Integration, Mobile Online Learning, Gaming & Simulation and Blended & Online Learning
- Social & Emotional Learning
- Early Childhood Learning
- Education Research - Original research that aligns with best practices in education
- Place-Based & Culture-Based Learning
- Teaching & Instructional Best Practices: 21st Century Learning, Student Engagement, School Culture, Standards-based Grading & Assessment, Curriculum Alignment, Individualized Learning
Regular Registration: June 1 - September 15
|October 26 & 27 (Both days of the conference)||$400|
|October 26 (Day 1 of the conference only)||$200|
|October 27 (Day 2 of the conference only)||$200|
Late Registration: Begins September 16
|October 26 & 27 (Both days of the conference)||$500|
|October 26 (Day 1 of the conference only)||$250|
|October 27 (Day 2 of the conference only)||$250|
A team discount is available for groups of 10 or more participants from the same organization. Your institution should designate a “group contact person” and have her or him contact Megan Polak – email@example.com - to obtain a discount code. The group discount is applied to the conference rate in effect at the time of registration.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
All registrations are non-refundable. By submitting the online registration form, you agree to pay the registration fee, regardless of attendance. If you are unable to attend the event for any reason, registrants may transfer their registration to a colleague from the same organization. Kindly notify Megan Polak - firstname.lastname@example.org - with any such changes.
Media Release Agreement - By registering for this event, you grant to the 2017 Schools of the Future Conference convening organizations the right, in all media, to create, adapt and use, for educational, promotional, or other lawful purposes both now and in the future, any recordings or pictures of your image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audio of such, made or taken in connection with the 2017 Schools of the Future Conference without receiving compensation or royalties.
SOTF Hotel Reservations
The Ala Moana Hotel is offering attendees special SOTF Conference rates.
Location: Ala Moana Hotel - 410 Atkinson Dr., Honolulu, HI 96814
Use the following link to book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations at any time. You may also contact the Ala Moana Hotel as follows: Reservations Toll Free: (800) 367-6025. Reservations Local Phone: (808) 955-4811.
The Ninth Annual Schools of the Future Conference will be 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.
Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, and innovator in the field of education. He is considered one of the world's leading experts on the connection between learning and technology. Marc offers deep experience and insight into educating today's youth and into using technology - including social media, virtual worlds, programming, games and apps - in powerful ways for learning.
Zoe Weil is the president of theInstitute for Humane Education (IHE) , which offers online graduate degrees in comprehensive Humane Education linking human rights, environmental preservation and animal protection. IHE also offers solutionary-focused programs and workshops for teachers, students, parents, and change agents, as well as an award-winning free resource center . Zoe has given six TEDx talks including her acclaimed TEDx "The World Becomes What You Teach." She is the author of seven books including her most recent book, The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries ; Nautilus silver medal winner Most Good, Least Harm , and Moonbeam gold medal winner Claude and Medea . Zoe is the recipient of the Unity College Women in Environmental Leadership award and was a subject of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series. She holds master's degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Valparaiso University.
George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator's Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity . He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of Connected Principals.com, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.
Mark Collin, PhD, Founder TOOLBOX™
Charles Fisher, PhD, Executive Director TOOLBOX™ & Dovetail Learning Inc.
Laura McBain, Director of External Relations & the Director of Education Leadership Academy at High Tech High
Scarlett Lewis – Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement
Cedrick Grey - Middle Level Services at Association for Middle Level Education
Brandon Jacobs - Director of Inclusion and Diversity at The Hill School
Gary Stager - Founder of Constructing Modern Knowledge Institute
Lisa Tabb - Executive Producer, "Screenagers"
Ian Kitajuma & Keith Matsumoto - Design Thinking Hawai'i
Mary Hattori - Outreach Director at the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, Univ. of Hawai'i
Mike Johnston - Founder EduCare, Focuses on Sustainable Education
Ted Dintersmith - Founder & Executive Producer of Most Likely to Succeed
Exhibitors and Sponsors
2016 Schools of the Future Conference Recap
In the 8 years since its inception, the Schools of the Future (SOTF) Conference has grown exponentially, drawing nearly 1800 participants this year! This year's conference featured 3 keynote speakers, 11 featured speakers, 88 breakout sessions, 6 interactive playgrounds, 2 student performances and 52 exhibitors. The collaborative nature of the conference is a fundamental reason for its success, and it is because of the ongoing partnership between the Hawai'i Department of Education, The Hawai'i Society for Technology in Education, Pillars of Peace and the Hawai'i Community Foundation, and The Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools that this conference not only continues to grow in size, but also in substance. While the partnerships are imperative, the dedication and commitment of an extraordinary planning committee must also be noted. A huge mahalo for another successful year to Hilary Apana-McKee (DOE), Brett Tanaka (DOE), Mark Hines (Mid-Pacific Institute), Robbie Ann Kane (HCF), Elizabeth Garrison (P-20 Partnerships for Education), Jeannine Souki (Charter Network), Phil Bossert (HAIS), Megan Polak (HAIS) and Deanna D'Olier (HAIS). Looking forward to seeing you all again on October 26 & 27, 2017!
Highlights from the 2016 Schools of the Future Conference:
The Eighth Annual Schools of the Future Conference was held on October 20 & 21 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.
Record Number of Proposals
The Schools of the Future Conference received a record number of proposals from independent, public and charter schools across the state, for the 2016 Conference. Of the 138 proposals received and reviewed by the SOTF Proposal Review Committee, 87 notifications of acceptance for presentations were emailed on Friday, April 8. Once again, the committee was thrilled by the caliber and breadth of work being done by Hawai'i educators.
Ka Helena A'o: The Learning Walk
Ka Helena Aʻo: The Learning Walk, a 30-minute documentary co-produced by Josh Reppun and Kelsey Matsu, directed by Kelsey Matsu, shot on Oahu and Hawaii Island, explores through storytelling the efforts of six Hawaii schools and programs that are doing project-based, problem-based, culture and place-based learning, and doing it well. The schools and programs are: Mid-Pacific Institute, SEEQS, West Hawaii Explorations Academy, Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Waipahu High School and Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy. Reppun and Matsu, in May of 2016, took Most Likely to Succeedʻs Executive Producer and funder, Ted Dintersmith, through a “learning walk” through these schools and programs. Ka Helena Aʻo sees these schools and programs through Dintersmithʻs eyes. After his trip to Hawaii, Dintersmith Tweeted that Hawaii will become a model to the nation, and the world with its innovations in education. Ka Helena Aʻo can be seen at kelseymatsu.com.
Pre and Post Conference Successes
Identity & Diversity Pre-Conference - The Identity & Diversity Pre-Conference took place on Tuesday, October 18, from 12 noon to 5:00 pm and was open to K-12 educators and students in grades 9-12, in public, charter, and independent schools.
4th Annual Hawaii Education Leadership Summit - The 4th Annual Hawaii Education Leadership Summit (HELS) took place on Wednesday, October 19. The pre-conference provided an opportunity for school leaders to talk about the future. Click here for more information.
4th Annual EdCamp Honolulu - On Saturday, October 22 , Kamehameha Schools hostedd the 4th Annual EdCamp Honolulu. EdCamps are "UNconferences," that are free, partcipant-driven professional development events where the attendees set the schedule and lead the sessions, which are conversations, not presentations. EdCamp Honolulu was an event full of rich discussions, cool demonstrations and plenty of hands-on learning.
Peace with the Heart of Aloha Conference - October 19th
The Asia Pacific Children's Museum Conference – Peace with the Heart of Aloha - will took place on October 19, 20 and 21, and was held alongside the Schools of the Future Conference.
About Peace with the Heart of Aloha - The Conference provided educators and children’s museum professionals with an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn from each other by attending valuable presentations related to the topic of “peace education for children.” The theme, “PEACE with the Heart of Aloha,” is something that deeply affects each of us in the world today. Presentations will address the following:
October 19th Conference Highlights