Dates and Schedule

October 9, 2013 - Larry Rosen, PhD

Larry Rosen

What Can Psychology and Neuroscience Inform Us About Teaching Tech-Savvy Learners?

Dr. Rosen has studied the “psychology of technology” for nearly 30 years focusing on youth in the iGeneration and the new constantly connected Generation “C” and how they learn. Recently he has combined his efforts with neuroscientists around the globe and will be presenting current state-of-the-art from the dual perspectives of what psychological research tells us is happening in the mind and psyche and what we can learn from studying brain activity during learning and distraction. He will be discussing issues such as the neurological impact of constant immersion in technology (including what it does to our sleep), the prevalence and issues surrounding multitasking, and an examination of generations of learners who are easily distracted both externally by vibrations and other alerts as well as internally by a constant pull to stay connected to their virtual lifestyles. Dr. Rosen is a strong advocate for integrating technology in the classroom and will offer his perspective on how to make implementation successful with his understanding of how and why our learners feel a need to be connected 24/7/365.

Event Schedule:
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Registration and Cocktail Reception 
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Hilton Loggia and West Plaza

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Speaker Presentation and Audience Participation
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium (Room 116)

January 16, 2014 - Sir Ken Robinson, PhD

Sir Ken Robinson

Leading a Culture of Innovation

The changing fortunes of the Fortune 500 will tell you that no company has a guaranteed place at the top. Keeping up and staying ahead of the game depends entirely on continuous and sustained innovation. We all know that’s true, but what do company leaders have to do to make it happen? Sir Ken Robinson has worked with some of the world’s leading creative organizations – in the corporate, educational and cultural fields. In this presentation, he identifies the three myths about innovation that hold many organizations back, and the basic practices that drive the most innovative organizations ahead of the pack. He presents a three-tier strategy to generate “systemic innovation” across the whole organization. He then identifies the three core roles of creative leaders to make this happen. 

Event schedule:
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., VIP Reception

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Registration and Cocktail Reception 
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Garden of the Sky and Rotunda

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Speaker Presentation and Audience Participation
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theater

February 13, 2014 - Yong Zhao, PhD

Yong Zhao

Two Education Paradigms: What Defines and How to Create a World Class Education

The world needs creative and entrepreneurial talents who are globally competent to take advantage of the opportunities brought about technology and globalization and tackle the tough challenges facing human beings. But our schools are being pushed to produce homogenous, compliant, and employee-minded test-takers, as a result of seductive power of the traditional education paradigm. In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao challenges the traditional paradigm, debunks the myth of international tests such as PISA and TIMSS, and proposes a new paradigm of education aimed to cultivate diverse, creative, and entrepreneurial talents.  Dr. Zhao proposes a new paradigm of education. In this presentation Yong Zhao will discuss the triad model of education to prepare global, creative, and entrepreneurial talents that include: personalized curriculum/educational experience, product-oriented learning, and the globe as the campus.

Event Schedule:
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Registration and Cocktail Reception
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Hilton Loggia and West Plaza

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Speaker Presentation and Audience Participation
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium (Room 116)

May 1, 2014 - George Couros

George Couros

Leading Innovative Change

In this presentation, George Couros will be discussing the work that has been done at Parkland School Division that has been to create a "culture of innovation" in education.  By embracing an open culture, we have seen staff and students become digital leaders and improve opportunities for themselves and others.  This work has been fundamental in helping to push our students to become learners in a "global community", while also developing leadership within our own community and beyond.

Event Schedule:
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Registration and Cocktail Reception 
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Hilton Loggia and West Plaza

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Speaker Presentation and Audience Participation
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium (Room 116)