Leading Schools of The Future Conference

"Moving Beyond 21st Century Learning"

Pre-Conference: April 4, 2018
2-Day Conference: April 5 & 6, 2018
The official 2018 LSOTF Conference Program is now available! 

Join heads of school, trustees, development directors, business and HR managers, communication directors, admissions directors, facilities directors, athletic directors, and other school leadership, as we move beyond 21st Century Learning by creating learning environments for tomorrow. The program promises to engage and inspire, featuring aspects of both traditional conferences as well as customized components, designed specifically to meet the needs of school leadership teams.

Conference Highlights: 

  • Keynote Speakers

  • Ed Talks

  • Breakout Sessions

  • Education-Related Exhibits

  • Networking Opportunities

  • Sessions designed to help leadership teams address challenges in their schools 




@ Ala Moana Hotel
Honolulu, Hawai'i 

Registration is Now Open! 


Standard Registration Rates


HAIS Member Pricing: 

Dr. Yong Zhao Pre-Conference (April 4)  $350
AFP Pre-Conference (April 4) $350
2-Day Ticket (April 5&6)  $450 


Non-Member Pricing:

Dr. Yong Zhao Pre-Conference (April 4) $400
AFP Pre-Conference (April 4) $400
2-Day Ticket (April 5&6) $500


Register Now! 

Team Discounts
Team Discounts are available for 3 or more participants from the same organization for both the Pre and 2-Day Conference. 
Email Megan Polak at mpolak@hais.us for more information. 
Conference Hotel Reservations
The Ala Moana Hotel is offering attendees special LSOTF Conference rates. 
Use the LSOTF Booking Link to reserve, 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.
Location: Ala Moana Hotel - 410 Atkinson Dr., Honolulu, HI 96814 (across from the Hawai'i Convention Center).
Travel Grants Available
HAIS will award a limited number of travel grants, on a first come, first served basis to Neighbor Island member schools. Monies awarded must be used to offset airfare and hotel expenses, and will range from $450 - $1350, for 1 to 3 attendees, per school. Upon completion and approval of the Application Form, further details of the grant procedure will be communicated to the award recipients. Reimbursement of documented travel costs up to the amount of the award, will occur upon completion of the conference. 
Email Deanna D'Olier, at ddolier@hais.us, with any questions.

Pre-Conferences (April 4)

Dr. Yong Zhao Pre-Conference 

Designing Personalizable Education for All Children
In this workshop, Dr. Yong Zhao discusses the core elements of a personalizable education for all children. He will guide participants to re-imagine education and work with participants to design plans to make education more personalizable for all children.

Dr. Yong Zhao
Foundation Distinguished Professor,
University of Kansas







AFP Pre-Conference 

Create Your Fund Development Plan
Come prepared to learn from Certified Fundraising Executives in the morning and then apply what you’ve learned as you work on your fund development plan in the afternoon.  Experienced fundraising professionals will be there to guide you and answer your questions.  Each participant will have drafted their fund development plan by the end of the day. 
Association of Fundraising Professionals 


Tentative Schedule for both the Dr. Yong Zhao & AFO Pre-Conference: 

8:30am - 9:00am    Arrival and Refreshments 

9:00am - 9:15am    Welcome and Introductions

9:15am - 11:30am    Workshop Content 

11:30am - 12:30pm     Lunch 

12:45pm - 2:00pm    Workshop Content

2:00pm - 2:15pm    Break 

2:15pm - 3:30pm    Workshop Content 

3:30pm - 4:00pm    Wrap-up/Reflections/Q&A 


Enrollment Management Pre-Conference

HAIS Standard Online Application Program Training
During 2018, HAIS will implement the Enrollment Management Association (EMA) online “standard” or “common” application program (SAO) which allows students or parents to complete a single, secure online application form with attached transcripts and teacher/counselor recommendations, and then to select schools to which they wish to send that application information.  This relieves the student or parent from having to complete and submit multiple application forms, and also relieves teachers and counselors from having to write multiple references.  Schools have the option of using the HAIS Standard Application program itself as an enrollment management program or, alternatively, to have the data from a student’s SAO application imported into the school’s existing enrollment management software.  This software is free for all HAIS member schools.
This workshop is for school admissions and enrollment management personnel to find out more about the SAO program and how to take full advantage of this software in each school’s particular enrollment management environment.
2 Free Trainings are Available
Morning Training - 9:00am - 11:30am
Afternoon Training - 1:00pm - 3:30pm 
Register Now for either the morning or afternoon training! Space is limited! 


Keynote Speakers 


 Morning Keynote Speaker
(April 5)
Lunch Keynote Speaker
(April 5)
Morning Keynote Speaker 
(April 6)



Dr. Yong Zhao
Foundation Distinguished Professor,
University of Kansas
Jim Eagen 
Head of School,
Synapse School 
Stacy Caldwell
Executive Director,
Mastery Transcript Consortium


Conference Speakers (April 5 & 6)



Dr. Miki Tomita
PVS Learning Center Director
Polynesian Voyaging Society 
Jenny Knight 
Lower School Director,
Miami Country Day School 
Terri Broce 
Personalized Learning Coach,
Miami Country Day School 



Devin Vodicka 
Chief Impact Officer,
Dr. Emily McCarren
Academy Principal,
Punahou School
Dr. Colleen Green
Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools, 
Director of Accreditation 



YuanBo Education Group
Shanghai, China
Kapono Ciotti
Chief Educational Officer /
Head of School,
Wai'alae Elementary Public Charter

Foundation Panel
Pi'ikea Miller - Hawai'i Community Foundation, Program Director, Strategies, Initiatives & Networks

Terry George - HKL Castle Foundation, President &     CEO 

  Al Castle - Sam & Mary Castle Foundation, Executive   Director

Luke Ritchie
Annesley Junior School (Australia)
S. Sanae Tokumura
Solid Concepts, Inc.
University President’s Forum
Lynn Babington – President, Chaminade University of Honolulu

John Gotanda – President, Hawaii Pacific University 

David Lassner – President, University of Hawaii 




Bob Peters
Retired Head of School at Hanahau'oli
Randy Moore
Vice Chair on the Board of Regents at the University of Hawai'i
Ted Dintersmith 
Executive Producer of Most Likely to Succeed 


Jason Wang
Founder and CEO of Moonshot Academy


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Premier Sponsorship Available Now! 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the second annual LSOTF Conference we are now accepting applications!  Please review the LSOTF Premier Sponsorship 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! 

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