JaimeCasapColor2014Opening Keynote : Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist

Iteration and Innovation in Education

As the world gets more connected, it also gets more complex.  We now operate on a global scale and our job in education is to help learners develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they will need to thrive in this new environment.  We are preparing them to solve global problems we haven’t defined yet, using technology that hasn’t been invented, in roles that do not exist.  To thrive in this new era, learners need to know how to learn, engage, create, collaborate, communicate, and to think critically.  We need to continually iterate and innovate education in pursuit of making it a powerful, effective, and engaging learning experience.

Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of fostering inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with educational organizations and leaders building innovation and iteration into our education practices. He speaks on the subject of technology, education, and innovation at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of Boards, including the Arizona Science Foundation, Seed Spot NEXT, and Inquire Schools.  He serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education, technology, and equity.  Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.

You can read Jaime’s education blog at www.jcasap.com and can reach him on Google+  You can also follow him on Twitter at @jcasap

JimRickabaugh-01-webprofileClosing Keynote: Jim Rickabaugh, Senior Advisor, The Institute for Personalized Learning

The Challenge of Our Generation: Preparing Today’s Learners for an Unknown Future

We face a unique challenge as educators, administrators and leaders. How we respond likely will determine how we are viewed by future generations. For the first time in the history of formal education, we must prepare learners for jobs that have yet to be invented requiring skills that have yet to be defined. Meanwhile, the design of our schools remains more aligned with the industrial economy and assembly line model than today’s emerging innovation economy.

The solution to this dilemma will not be found in demanding even more effort and greater accountability. Nor does it lie simply in securing additional resources. The solution requires fundamentally changing the design for learning and the experiences of learners. Doing so will demand major shifts in our thinking, in the roles learners and educators play, in relationships within and beyond schools, and even in how we do our work.

The good news is that it can and is being done. A growing group of educators across the Midwest are showing the way. Dr. Rickabaugh, author of the recently published book: Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap for School Leaders, will discuss this challenge, provide a model for change and share what is working, what can be learned and how you can begin to redesign your school for success.