How would you design the future for independent schools?

This is the question we ask of the three Spotlight Speakers who will kick off the Monday morning programming for our Annual Conference in Chicago, April 5-8, 2019. These featured speakers each will offer a breakout session focusing more deeply on their chosen topic.

George Aye
Co-Founder and Director of Innovation, Greater Good Studio; Full Professor, Adj., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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George co-founded Greater Good Studio with the belief that design can elevate the voices of people with the least power. Previously, he spent seven years at global innovation firm IDEO before being hired as the first human-centered designer at the Chicago Transit Authority. Since founding Greater Good, he has worked across complex social issues such as criminal justice, civic engagement, public education, public health, and youth development. He speaks frequently across the US and internationally. George holds the position of Adjunct Full Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Spotlight Topic (Opening Session, Monday, April 6): When Design Collides with the Social Sector
Spotlight Break-Out (Session 1, Monday, April 6): Power and Privilege in Our Schools, Today and Tomorrow

Devorah Heitner

Founder of Raising Digital Natives  and Author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World

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Devorah Heitner is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World. Her mission is to cultivate a culture of empathy in the digital age.   Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Real Simple magazine. She has a Ph.D. in Media Studies from Northwestern University and she is delighted to be raising her own digital native.

Spotlight Topic (Opening Session, Monday, April 6): Empathy Is the App
Spotlight Break-Out (Session 1, Monday, April 6): Meeting Student Social Emotional Needs in Connected Classrooms

 Scott McLeod

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership 
at the University of Colorado Denver
Author of Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning

Blogger at Dangerously Irrelevant

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An Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school technology leadership issues. He is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the only university center in the U.S. dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He also is the co-creator of the 4 Shifts Protocol for lesson/unit redesign and the founder of both the annual Iowa 1:1 Institute and EdCampIowa, one of the largest EdCamp events in the United States. Dr. McLeod has worked with hundreds of schools, districts, universities, and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). In 2015 he was one of three finalists to be the next Director of the Iowa Department of Education. In 2011 he was a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod was one of the pivotal figures in Iowa’s grassroots 1:1 computing movement, which has resulted in over 220 school districts providing their students with powerful learning devices. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. He has written or edited 3 books and 170 articles and other publications and is one of the most visible education professors in the United States.

Spotlight Topic (Opening Session, Monday, April 6): Sharks, Frogs, & Outer Space: The Possibilities of Authentic Work
Spotlight Break-Out (Session 1, Monday, April 6): Really Tough Questions about Technology Integration & Implementation
Afternoon Deep Dive (Monday, April 6): (re)Designing Lessons for Deeper Learning. Bring a computing device and be ready to dive in.


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