Hawaii Association of Independent Schools

2019 Schools of the Future Conference: October 3 & 4

Leading Schools of the Future Pre-Conference: October 2

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


 Conference Playgrounds:

Thursday - October 3 Friday - October 4
 Apple Stem Playground Microsoft Playground
Early Childhood Playground Early Childhood Playground
Project-Based Learning Playground  Arts and Digital Media Playground
Computer Science Playground AR/VR Playground
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 Program

The Conference Program is Now Available Online! 
DHS Credit
The Early Learning Committee has identified specific Schools of the Future Sessions at the Future Conference that meet the training requirements set forth by the Hawai'i Department of Human Services (DHS). 
Please note: The SOTF Program will be available via a conference app. Download instructions will be sent once the app is available

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.
October 4   
Jennie Magiera is the Chief Program Officer for EdTechTeam. Prior to joining EdTechTeam, she was the Chief Innovation Officer Des Plaines Public School District 62 and previously the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools teacher. Jennie uses her classroom experiences to inform her work supporting educators to create new and better opportunities for their students. She believes that despite the many challenges facing schools today, every classroom can be a place for “edventures”: student-centered, passion-based experiential learning.  Jennie holds a B.A. from Columbia University in Psychology and History and a M.S. in Mathematics Education from University of Illinois-Chicago.

Featured Speakers & Panelists

Featured Speakers - October 3 & 4

Global Education/Learning Panel - October 3

Leading Schools of the Future Pre-Conference - October 2

Assessment for Deeper Learning

  • How might we rethink Assessment for Deeper Learning?
  • How might we build a culture that prioritizes meaningful assessment for deeper learning practices?
  • How might we leverage assessment to ensure that ALL teachers and students experience learning that amplifies passion, engagement and empowerment?
  • Strategize on how to make learning visible
  • Prioritize deeper learning outcomes for your school
  • Identify ways to capture how well students demonstrate mastery of deeper learning outcomes
  • Dialogue and connect with local and national experts
  • Network & share best practices with like-minded school leaders
Laura McBain
K12 Lab Director of Community and Implementation, Stanford d.School
Luke Ritchie
Board Member, Association of Independent Schools in South Australia & Head of School, Annesley Junior School
Denise Espania
Po'o, Mālama Honua PCS
MaryBeth Baldwin
English Teacher, Hawai'i Technology Academy
Jenelle Peterson
Director, Hawai'i Technology Academy Maui
Susannah Johnson
Individualized Realized
Edna Hussey 
Principal, Mid-Pacific Institute 
Buffy Cushman-Patz
Founder, SEEQS
Dr. Sally Kingston
Senior Director of research and Evidence, PBL Works
  • Leigh Fitzgerald, Mid-Pacific Institute 
  • Dr. Mark Hines, Mid-Pacific Institute
  • Dr. Lisa Mireles, PBL Works
For more information please view the LSOTF Pre-Conference Flyer

Conference Registration Rates

Standard Registration: June 1 - August 31

October 3 & 4 (2-days) $450
October 3 (1-day) $225
October 4 (1-day) $225
LSOTF Pre-Conference (Oct. 2) $125 
LSTOF 3-day (Oct. 2, 3, & 4)  $525
On September 1st, the Late/Walk-In 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

Learning Variabilities Travel Scholarships - Neighbor Island Conference Attendees

Grant Specifications 
A maximum of two travel scholarships will be awarded to educators from the same school. Awards will be granted in an amount up to $500 if attending the conference for 2 or 3 days, or $350 if attending only 1 day of the conference. The awards are intended to defray the costs of attending the Schools of the Future Conference and can be used to cover airfare, lodging, transportation and the cost of substitute teachers. Reimbursement of expenses up to the maximum amount of the award will occur upon completion of the event and will only be paid out once attendance is verified. Please note that all receipts must be submitted to the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools in order to receive the reimbursement.
Open to administrators and teachers from any Neighbor Island (Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii Island) public, charter or private school.Preference will be given to Hawaii Island educators and to special education teachers and to those who work directly with students with learning differences.
Important Dates 
Deadline to apply: Monday, August 12, 2019
Notifications will be sent by Monday, August 19, 2019. Award recipients should register by August 31, in order to take advantage of the Standard Registration Rate.

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

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! 

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