Leading Schools of the Future Conference 

"Reconstructing this place we call school" 
NAIS & NBOA Pre-Conference: April 6 
Conference: April 7 & 8 
@The Ala Moana Hotel 

Conference Feedback! 

"My brain is still buzzing with the exciting ideas that were discussed and shared by all, speakers and participants alike. Amazing two days! I really appreciate the build up to and presentation of the challenges & opportunities alike. The speakers & presentations laid a perfect groundwork for the very important team conversations."

"Planning and execution of the event was done very well. Most participants thought their time at the conference was worth their time."

"Craig Johnson, Ted and NAIS folks were great!!!"

"Honestly the most uplifting conference I have been to."

"Speakers were well-organized, passionate, and most informative."

"Yong and Ted were very engaging and interesting. Certainly, made you think about the way education is delivered." 

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 7

7:30 - 8:30   Registration & Beverages               

8:30 – 9:00   Welcome & Announcements: Robert Landau

9:00 – 10:00   Keynote: Yong Zhao - A New Paradigm of Education

10:00 – 10:30   Break and Yong Zhao Book Signing

10:30 – 11:30   Breakout Sessions   

11:30 – 1:15    - Lunch & Talk Story Panel: Winston Sakurai, Perry Martin, Jocelyn Romero-Demirbag, Carl Sturges, Paul Turnbull and Ruth Fletcher

1:30 – 2:30   Breakout Session with Panelists

2:30 – 3:00   Break 

3:00 – 4:00   Breakout Sessions

4:00 – 5:30   Reception in Exhibitor Hall


Saturday, April 8

7:30 - 8:00   Registration & Beverages

8:00 – 9:00   Welcome & Announcements: Paul Turnbull

9:00 – 10:00   Keynote: Ted Dintersmith

10:00 – 10:30   Break & Book Signings 

10:30 – 11:30   Breakout Sessions   

11:30 – 1:15   Lunch & Ed Talk by Craig Johnson

1:30 – 2:30   Challenge and Opportunity A-Likes

2:30 – 3:00   Break 

3:00 – 4:00   Challenge and Opportunity A-Likes


For more details and further information on the various sessions please click below:



LSOTF Hotel Reservations 

The Ala Moana Hotel is offering attendees special LSOTF 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.


NEW! Travel Grants Available 

With support from the Hawaii Community Foundation, HAIS is very pleased to provide a limited number of travel grants to administrators from Neighbor Island HAIS member schools to attend the Leading Schools of the Future (LSOTF) Conference, on Oahu April 6, 7 and 8.  The awards will be granted on a first come, first served basis and will range from $450 - $1,350, for 1 to 3 attendees, per school. The support is intended to defray, but not entirely cover, the costs of attending the conference and can be used to cover airfare and hotel rooms at the Ala Moana Hotel. 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.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 6, 2017 or until all grant money has been paid out, whichever comes first. If you have any questions, please address them to  Deanna D'Olier.



NAIS Pre-Conference 

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) will be offering a full day pre-conference workshop titled "Re-imagining Independent Schools: An Innovator’s Journey." This workshop is about understanding the power and architecture of innovation, what it is, and what it means for your school. Three aspects of the innovator’s journey will be explored: the imperative, the idea, and the implementation. Whether teacher, administrator, or trustee, NAIS will launch you on a discovery expedition and equip you with new capabilities to help you build a future-wise school. It will be taught by: Jefferson Burnett (NAIS), Tim Fish (NAIS), Sophie Halliday (St. Andrew's School), Kawai Lai (NAIS), Dr. Chip Kimball (Singapore American School). Please visit the LSOTF Registration Page to register for the NAIS Pre-conference.

Jefferson Burnett   Tim Fish    Sophie Halliday    Kawai Lai   Dr. Chip Kimball   


NBOA BO NOW Pre-Conference

Come to One-Day Workshop for Independent School Business Officers and Business Operations Staff – a preconference to the LSOFT Conference

Business Office NOW gives you the latest and most relevant information for your role in the independent school business office, through an affordable and accessible one-day workshop. This dynamic program focuses on providing solutions to pressing issues within independent schools today. National resources delivered to you in a local setting, giving you the chance to connect with all that NBOA has to offer in a single day. Taught by a diverse group of national thought leaders, and features a broad range of business office topics that will benefit nearly every member of your school’s administration and staff.

Attend the Business Office NOW program and be entered for the chance to win an iPad Mini. Each attendee is automatically entered into the prize drawing.

This program offers up to 5.5 hours of CPE credit and 1 hour of HRCI credit

Register today! http://www.nboa.org/events/business-office-now

Full Registration is $245 for an NBOA Member and $295 for a NonMember.

Professional development for your business office doesn’t get better than this!

Questions? Contact Jennifer Fallon at jennifer.fallon@nboa.org or call 202-407-7145



Genevieve Madigan

Jeff Shields 


For more information on the 2 pre-conferences please click here

Conference Session Highlights 

April 7th Talk Story  

The primary focus of this conference is best described by the tagline, “Reconstructing This Place We Call School.” While we can be motivated, inspired, and provoked by well-known keynote speakers, experts, and workshop leaders, the bottom line is that "the proof is in the pudding.” Six administrators from HAIS member schools have been invited to “talk story” about real change in real schools, using authentic examples of reconstruction, re-imagination, and reform. Their talks will help identify how each school is moving from talk to action, by sharing concrete examples of their own school transformations and guiding their respective schools into the future. Immediately following the Talk Story panel, each presenter will offer a one-hour breakout session to elaborate on how they turned a challenge into an opportunity. These sessions aim to inspire, as you begin new projects or enhance ones that are already underway.


Winston Sakurai - Principal, Hanalani Schools

Perry Martin - Head of School, Maryknoll Schools

Jocelyn Romero-Demirbag - Director, Honolulu Waldorf School

Carl Sturges - Head of School, Parker School

Paul Turnbull - Head of School, Mid-Pacific

Ruth Fletcher - Head of School, St. Andrew's Schools


Speaker Announcements

Dr. Yong Zhao 

Dr. Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon. His research and publications focus on the implications of globalization and technology in five key areas:

  • Creativity and entrepreneurship education
  • Globalization and education
  • China and Chinese-language learning
  • Technology in education and schooling
  • Education reforms around the world

For more on Dr. Yong Zhao, please click here.


Ted Dintersmith 

Ted Dintersmith is the organizer, funder, and executive producer of the film "Most Likely to Succeed." Ted Dintersmith spent decades as a successful venture investor building and adapting mental models of the economic world. His career has been about innovation and entrepreneurs and, as a result, he shares his insights for what the new, "economy will be like and what types of capabilities will be required." 

In "Most Likely to Succeed,"  venture capitalist Ted Dintersmith and bestselling author and education expert Tony Wagner and call for a complete overhaul of the function and focus of American schools, sharing insights and stories from the front lines, including profiles of successful students, teachers, parents, and business leaders. 

Craig Johnson 

Craig has spent 40% of his life in India. He attended a Boarding School in Panchgani (a small hill station south of Pune) for 12 years and since 2010 has been back in India serving as the Head of the American School of Bombay (ASB). Prior to returning to India, Craig, his wife, and his three sons were in Brazil where Craig served as the Principal and then the Headmaster of two different International schools. In his capacity as the Head of the School, at ASB, Craig endeavors to stay engaged with his students and faculty by teaching classes, coaching sports’ teams, and leading professional learning communities. A regular presenter and workshop facilitator, around the world, in a variety of Leadership and Educational topics Mr. Johnson is a passionate advocate for Innovation and Relevancy Education. In response to much of his work and the reputation of ASB, this year Craig was awarded the prestigious “Innovation in Leadership,” award from the Association for the Advancement of International Education, the premier global association for International Schools. Craig is also the author of numerous articles on a variety of subjects, a screenplay set in Mumbai soon to be made into a movie, and has published a novel titled, Wave Watcher. 

Steve Barrett 

Steve Barrett is a career educator who directs the Wildwood Outreach Center—a professional development center housed at Wildwood School in Los Angeles. His work finds him coaching teachers and school leaders, both at workshops hosted at Wildwood School, and on the road, as a facilitator and consultant, sharing Wildwood’s essential practices at public and private schools around the country and around the world.

He comes to the work prepared and knows the challenges well. Steve began his 25+ year career teaching history at large public high schools in Illinois. Mid-career, he headed west and entered the independent school world—taking on teaching and administrative positions at Sage Hill School in Newport Beach, California and at Wildwood School in Los Angeles, where he experienced first-hand the benefits of the close relationships that Advisory afforded his students and himself.

Steve’s professional enthusiasms center around helping teachers better understand and accept that their focus should be on teaching children, not just teaching subjects. He strives to provide guidance to fellow educators in identifying their strengths and gaining insights into how they can grow into a practice that is more satisfying, both for themselves and their students.

Michael Nachbar 

Michael Nachbar is the Executive Director of Global Online Academy, a not-for-profit global consortium of independent schools that fosters new and effective ways for students to learn and teachers to teach. Michael was appointed director of Global Online Academy in 2011, its inaugural year. Previously, Mr. Nachbar was Lakeside Middle School’s assistant director in Seattle, Washington. Prior to that he served as an administrator and teacher at Village Community School in New York City. Michael began his teaching career as a Teach for America crops member, teaching high school English on the Texas-Mexico border. Michael received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and master’s degree from Columbia University, Teachers College. He lives in Seattle with his wife, also an educator, and two children. Michael presents regularly at national and international conferences on blended and online learning.



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. Payment must be received within three weeks of the registration date.

To download a printable copy of the LSOTF Conference flyer, please click here.