Hyperbole abounds and resistance rises around change of all kinds in our national dialogs, as well as in our schools, colleges, and universities. In this presentation we’ll explore our continuing journey to prepare our students for a society in need of more educated citizens than ever before; and a society that is simultaneously deeply connected and divided. We’ll track the build out of more advanced learning systems and spaces, and the renewed focus on age-old strategies grounded in psycho-social development (e.g., tenacity, grit, and mindset). We’ll also explore examples and suggest strategies for bringing innovations around mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT), augmented reality, and advanced analytics into the mix, while maintaining a powerful focus on the human touch and personal agency.
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.
What do we need to expect of today’s students and the diverse education systems that serve them if we want education to continue to be a workforce, societal, and personal game changer? This presentation will share strategies and vision a future where we (1) challenge students to bring purpose, growth mindsets, and grit–what many call non-cognitive factors–to bear on their learning journeys and (2) put innovation and technology use in our institutions on purpose to create more learning-centered, data-rich, and high-value education pathways. If we do this work well, especially in partnership with regional education, business, and civic partners, students will be better prepared for a dynamic workforce and to live well in a fast-changing world.
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; (2) blended, mobile, and game-based learning; (3) curating digital courseware, BYOD efforts, and open education; (4) competency-based education, MOOCs, and other new models; (5) predictive analytics infrastructures 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.