The Art and Science of Student Success: Using Design Thinking and Data Science to Help Students Learn Well and Finish Strong

Using examples from other sectors that bring together the best of design thinking and data science to achieve their diverse missions—from business to athletics to healthcare—we’ll catalyze a conversation about how we leverage this approach in education. We’ll then dive into examples of these insight and action analytics efforts in education, showing how schools, colleges, and universities are innovating with everything from predictive modeling to early-warning systems to engaging apps for students, faculty, and advisers that help more students learn well and successfully navigate their educational journeys.

Moving into the Next Generation of Learning

In this presentation, we’ll catalyze key conversations about the changing face of education. We’ll weave together issues and insights from research and practice on a wide variety of topics: (1) the growing diversity of teachers and learners, including significant generational differences; (2) blended, mobile, and game-based learning; (3) digital courseware, BYOD efforts, and open education; (4) competency-based education, MOOCs, and other new models; (5) predictive analytics and related adviser, student, and faculty apps; (6) emerging work on brain science and student non-cognitive factors; and (7) our shared commitment to deeper learning and maintaining the human touch. Finally, we’ll explore strategies for engaging these conversations in a thoughtful and inclusive way—avoiding the all-too-common hyperbole or hysteria, while being open to compelling catalysts that can help move us into the next generation of learning.

Challenging Students to Step Up: Helping Foster Purpose, Engagement and Tenacity on Education Pathways

What do we need to expect of students and the education systems that serve them if we want education to continue to be an economic, social, and personal game changer? This presentation will share strategies and vision a future where we (1) challenge students to bring more purpose, engagement, and tenacity–what many call the non-cognitive factors, resilience, and grit–to bear on their learning journeys and (2) put innovation and technology use in our institutions on purpose to create more learning-centered, high-value education pathways.

Looking Down the Road Ahead for Community Colleges

The presentation is a review with one of the authors of the key-trends report published by the League for Innovation in the Community College. It draws from a survey of more than 600 community college CEOs and qualitative research with faculty, staff, students, trustees, and community leaders. We’ll unpack issues and insights surrounding access and completion, learning outcomes, learning models, structural changes, regional education ecosystems, data and analytics, and the future-ready work necessary to prepare community colleges for the road ahead. 

Innovation on Purpose: A Look at Education as a Personal, Societal, and Economic Catalyst

Notwithstanding the flood of gratuitous swipes at “failing” education systems, we have long leveraged education as an essential change agent—particularly in the US. In this presentation, we’ll trace the roots of these innovations and how they mapped to and helped drive personal, societal, and economic change. We’ll then look to the challenges at hand and vision today’s opportunities to once again put education innovation “on purpose” to clear pathways to possibility.

Ready?: Dramatic Change and Transcendent Learning

Are we ready? Are they ready? How can we come together and get ready? The dramatic demographic, economic, educational, and technological change at hand begs all of these questions. In this presentation we’ll explore each question and have a dialogue about how educators, workforce developers, business leaders, community members, legislators, and even parents and grandparents help prepare those we serve for the trying transformations in our midst. Next, we’ll examine a set of transcendent learning outcomes–critical, creative, social, and courageous learning–aimed at preparing those we serve to live and learn well in these tumultuous times.

Leading Toward Student Success

The education field is galvanizing around the challenge of helping more students learn well and finish strong. From strategic outreach and support for struggling students to providing greater challenge and richer learning to high performing learners, the innovations abound and the call to action is getting louder. Moreover, there is a greater need for these efforts to impact at scale and to work in and between sectors—e.g., K-12, community college, four-year, graduate, and workforce.  This session will draw from the lessons learned from leaders in this work—government, foundation, administrative, faculty, student support, and student leaders—to explore practical strategies and powerful visions of what’s possible as we help more striving students succeed on their education pathways.    

Education in a Digital Democracy

As we boldly move into the future, we are challenged to create thoughtful frameworks for our continuing inclusion of technology in how we work, play, learn, and contribute as active citizens. This keynote presents a framework for thinking about technology in education, but more so for thinking about education in our “digital democracy.” The presentation begins by exploring the enormous changes and challenges brought on by the digital age, including the the digital divide. We’ll conclude with the presentation of a charge for education institutions in this time of transition to become key community access points for learning about and with technology; and, more important, promote learning beyond technology, especially a stronger emphasis on the Liberal Arts.

Building Out Education Infrastructure in a New Generation of Learning

The mix of multiple generations teaching and learning together with new techniques and technologies makes building out modern educational infrastructures a complex process. Indeed, digital publishing, MOOCs, mobile devices, gaming, social networking, high-impact presentation technologies, and analytics are bringing new twists and quick turns to our on-ground, online, and blended learning environments. What else is ahead? How much more can we take? How do we retain the human touch? How do we make these learning environments sustainable? Come join the conversation about how we build this new generation of learning together.

Catalyzing Positive Change in Education: The Four Pillars

This presentation is based on the four pillars framework to drive positive change in the world of education. Each pillar is vital to support our transformation efforts. From catalyzing conversations across the academic community to inspiring innovations to championing insight—including a focus on analytics, learning outcomes, and evidence-based education—to fostering leadership, we’ll explore why each are important and all matter.

The Power of Practical Magic

This presentation summarizes the results of a comprehensive national study of teaching excellence award winners that resulted in the best-selling publication, Practical Magic: On the Front Lines of Teaching Excellence. From what inspired them to become teachers to what core strategies they use to teach content and reach students, this presentation provides faculty with a clear picture of what works in teaching and learning. Listening to the voices of these award-winning faculty promises to be motivational, inspirational, and useful!

Coffee Talks and Cornerstones: Waking Up to What’s Important

This session was drawn from hours of “coffee talks” with my father in his last year and a half, as he fought a battle with small-cell lung cancer. These Folgers-fueled conversations woke me up in more ways than one. When combined with my own experience in working with energizing, inspiring, and thoughtful people over the last 15 years, they crystallized the importance of key cornerstones in living, working, playing, and learning.

Energizing Observations on Leadership

This interactive workshop is best suited for smaller groups (i.e., 5 to 40 people).
This dialogue explores some energizing observations on leadership based on work with graduate, regional, national, and international leadership programs and consulting work with hundreds of colleges, corporations, and other agencies. We’ll take the time to talk about the whys and ways of leadership, and present strategies for fostering positive, dynamic, and high-performing organizations in times of great change.

Acres of Diamonds in Your College

This presentation is designed as a major team building event. Using the life story of Russell Conwell, founder of Temple University, as a metaphor for appreciating that which is all around, participants engage in an energizing look into the talent on their team. From foodservice employees to faculty to the foundation chair, people make the difference in a college, and this session helps participants take stock of these dazzling diamonds that surround them every day.