Hawaii Association of Independent Schools

2019 Schools of the Future Conference

Leading Schools of the Future Pre-Conference: October 2, 2019

Schools of the Future Conference: October 3 & 4, 2019

 Join teachers and administrators from Hawai‘i’s public, private, charter and parochial schools as we focus on how to best transform our existing schools and create new learning environments for today and tomorrow.

Conference Tracks:

Early Childhood Learning Social & Emotional Learning
NEW! Learning Variability & Individualized Learning  Teaching & Learning with Technology
NEW! Equity and Diversity  Best Practices in 21st Century Learning
Project and Place-Based Learning Leading Schools of the Future


This collaborative event is presented by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, the Hawaii Department of Education and the Hawaii Community Foundation in partnership with the Pillars of Peace Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education to highlight the best practices that are taking place in our learning environments today and being planned for those of tomorrow.

Conference Registration Rates

Early Bird Registration: March 1 - May 31

October 3 & 4 (2-days) $350
October 3 (1-day) $175
October 4 (1-day) $175
LSOTF Pre-Conference (Oct. 2) $125 
LSTOF 3-day (Oct. 2, 3, & 4)  $440
One June 1st, the Standard Ticket Pricing will take effect and the 2-day ticket price will increase by $100 and the 1-day ticket price will increase by $50. 
Have Registration Questions Or Need Help? 
Please email the SOTF Committee at SOTF@hais.us.

Group Discount

A group discount of 10% is available for groups of 10 or more. To receive the code please email Megan Polak

NEW! All School PD Registration Rate

The All School Professional Development (PD) Rate is a 20% discount off the 2- day SOTF Early Bird ticket price for schools that send their entire faculty to the conference on either 1 or both days. This rate will only be available between March 1 and August 31, 2019. To receive the All School PD Rate, the head of school or principal must indicate via email that they will be sending their entire faculty to the conference on either one or both days.

All School PD Ticket pricing:
1-day ticket - $140 (either Thursday or Friday)
2-day ticket - $280

HIDOE Neighbor Island Scholarships

A limited number of 2-day scholarships are available for Hawaii Department of Education neighbor island participants to attend the 2019 Schools of the Future Conference.
PARTICIPANT/SCHOOL MUST PAY IN ADVANCE! (Limit two participants per school)

Participants will be reimbursed for a 2-day conference registration and airfare for a reimbursement not to exceed $600. Deadlines for registration, payment, and proof of paid registration and airfare are required to qualify for the reimbursement.

RSVP by May 1, 2019 for a scholarship at http://pde3.k12.hi.us
Course #: PD184489, Section #294888

An e-mail will be sent shortly after the registration deadline to those that RSVP for an available scholarship with detailed directions on how to qualify for the reimbursement. A check will be mailed to the participant/school (payee) within 5 to 7 working days after the conference once attendance is verified.

Please contact Hilary Apana-McKee or Brett Tanaka if you have questions.

Conference Hotel Reservations

Hotel: The Ala Moana Hotel
Location: 410 Atkinson Dr., Honolulu HI 96814
The Ala Moana Hotel is offering attendees special SOTF Conference rates for the following rooms:
Kona Tower (Max Guests 2) - $159.00 (avg. nightly rate) + $22.26 (14%  tax and fees) = $181.26
Waikiki Tower (Max Guests 4) - $185.00 (avg. nightly rate) + $25.90 (14% tax and fees) = $210.90
Waikiki Tower Ocean View (Max Guests 4)  - $205.00 (avg. nightly rate) + $28.70 (14% tax and fees) = $233.70
Use the SOTF 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 Email: groupreservations@alamoanahotel.com

Student Call for Proposals: Deadline September 6

This year the Schools of the Future Conference will include student presentations on Friday, October 4, 2019. All student presentations will take place between 12:00-1:00pm, during the timeframe that was previously allocated for Like-Minded Sessions. All conference attendees will collect their lunch and then be encouraged to attend a student-led session.

The purpose of these sessions is to give students the opportunity to teach the teachers. Student proposals should address best teaching practices and should inspire thinking about learning from the student's perspective. All proposals can include up to 3 students and must include 1 teacher who will serve as an advisor and point person.
To submit a proposal, please complete the 2019 SOTF Student Call for Proposal Form.
The deadline to submit a proposal is September 6 and notifications will be sent by September 13.

Student Presentation: Presentation Format

Student Proposal Review Criteria

Student Presenter Discounts and Registration Options

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

October 3
    Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is the Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California. She studies the psychological and neurobiological development of emotion and self-awareness, and connections to social, cognitive and moral development in educational settings. She uses interdisciplinary studies of narratives and feelings to uncover experience-dependent neural mechanisms contributing to identity, intrinsic motivation, deep learning, and generative, creative and abstract thought. Her work has a special focus on adolescents from low-SES communities, and she involves youths from these communities as junior scientists in her work.  
October 3
  Sal Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy's content and mastery learning platform has over 71 million registered users from all over the world and has been localized into over 30 languages.  
Sal holds three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. He has been profiled by 60 Minutes, was the only non-profit leader ever profiled on the cover of Forbes and recognized as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Featured Speakers - October 3 & 4

  Laura McBain is the K12 Lab Director of Community and Implementation at the Stanford d.school. In this role she leads the K12 Lab network and aims to use design thinking to transform education and the world. As a human-centered designer, her work focuses on understanding the ecosystem of education and finding meaningful opportunities for disruptive design. She is advocate for equity and social justice work and is leading experiments to ensure more students have access to an innovative educational experience that will help them thrive in a changing world.
  Mike Walker is currently the Head of School at the San Francisco Day School. Mike moved to California from Honolulu, Hawaii where he served as the K-8 Head at Punahou School for seventeen years. Mike was worked at four independent schools including the American School Foundation in Mexico City, where he grew up.  Mike’s doctoral work focused on the neuroscience of learning and leading. He has presented at national, international, and state level conferences and has had articles published in the NAIS Independent School magazine and other journals.
  Luke Ritchie is an active board member of the Association of Independent Schools in South Australia and the current Principal of the rapidly expanding Annesley Junior School. Annesley is a progressive independent school where students agentic action is visible in the recruitment of staff, their dynamic start-up businesses, their mentoree relationships with leading global experts, their creative mud and tree-climbing play; and rigorous development of strengths, passions and transversal skills.
   Valerie Bayne Carroll has been with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts since 1983. As a Master Teaching Artist, Valerie trains new Institute Teaching Artists and leads teacher professional development workshops in music and drama around the country. She has a BFA in Theater from Boston University, School for the Arts.
  Paul Singer joined Assets School in 2008 from The Country School in Los Angeles where he was the Head of School for nearly 30 years. He has served on the faculty at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) since 1975, has a B.A. in Sociology, an M.A. in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, an M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision, and he completed his doctoral coursework at the University of Southern California in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Singer is currently Assets' Head of School through June 2019 and will remain as Head of School emeritus through June 2020. He will become President of the Board for HAIS in July 2019 and currently serves on the boards of Hanahauoli School and Kahi Mohala - Sutter Health.
  Godwin Higa was born and raised on a farm in Kaneohe, Hawaii. He is recently retired and the ex-principal of the first Trauma Informed School in San Diego, Cherokee Point Elementary School. His school was recognized by the Huffington Post/CA Endowment as one of few Trauma Informed Schools in the nation. He has been a principal, with San Diego Unified School District for 20 years in Elementary and Secondary schools. Cherokee Point Elementary School has had zero suspensions/expulsions for the four years.  
Bill Bass currently serves as the Innovation Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Information, and Library Media in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO and as the President of the ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) Board of Directors. During his 20+ career in education, he has also held positions as an English teacher, adjunct professor, technology integration specialist, instructional coach and consultant. As a speaker, writer and developer, he focuses on systemic and sustainable integration of technology into classrooms at all grade levels and seeks to empower students and teachers with authentic learning experiences. He is often called upon to share his thinking as a speaker and presenter and has been fortunate to learn with educators from around the world. He has also written numerous articles, book chapters and has authored three books, Leading from the Library, From Inspiration to Red Carpet and Digital Reading: What’s essential in grades 3-8.
   Christel McGuigan, High School Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs at Mid-Pacific Institute. Christel will be the Equity and Diversity Featured Speaker. 

Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration is Now Open!

Interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor at the 2019 Schools of the Future Conference?? 
Contact Megan Polak for more information! 

Schools of the Future Videos

Schools of the Future - 10 Year Anniversary

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa's Keynote Speech at the SOTF Conference

Hawai'i Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto's Welcome Remarks

Social and Emotional Learning

Past SOTF Conferences

The Schools of the Future Journey
search login