Leading Schools of the Future Conference 

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2018 Leading Schools of the Future Conference: April 5 & 6
Pre Conference: April 4 


2017 LSOTF Recap 

NAIS & NBOA Pre-Conference: April 6 
Conference: April 7 & 8 
@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 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

Keynote and Featured Speakers 

Dr. Yong Zhao 

Ted Dintersmith 

Craig Johnson 

Steve Barrett 

Michael Nachbar