Professional Learning

Keynote: Sir Ken Robinson

Internationally Acclaimed Expert
on Creativity and Innovation
and Author, Finding Your ElementThe Element and Out of Our Minds

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries. Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices.


More than ever it's essential to understand and develop our unique capabilities as human beings. We are deep in the throes of the fourth industrial revolution. Intelligent machines are set to sweep away countless jobs that until now could only be done by people. The casualties will include many professional roles in medicine, finance, social care, business and the service sector. As this new wave of innovation churns over our lives and work, what will be left for human beings to do? What can we do that machines cannot? What is the human advantage? In this provocative and far-sighted presentation, Sir Ken Robinson takes a searching look at the emerging powers of artificial intelligence and their likely impact on our lives and work. He then identifies our unique powers as human beings: the powers that machine intelligence may complement but cannot replace; and he shows why and how we must develop our human advantage at work, in education and in our rapidly changing communities.

Vitaliy Popov Dr. Vitaliy Popov Assoc. Director of Research, Jacobs Institute

Pre-Conference Workshops!

STEM + WoW (STEM Career Pathways)

Sunday, July 28th 9-12:30 PM PT, Jacobs Institute, University of San Diego

STEM WoW is an integrated approach to informal and formal learning which demonstrates how to foster K–12 students’ current individual interests, competencies, and values in alignment with career pathways and to engage in rigorous hands-on STEM activities inspired by real world situations. Grounded in research with the National Science Foundation, this hands-on workshop is for K–12 teachers, instructional designers, ed innovators, informal educational practitioners, university faculty and other school leaders interested in STEM career pathways.

During this workshop participants will be guided in how to a) develop K–12 students’ self-concept through exploration of their current abilities, interests and values and an awareness of how those may align to STEM activities and work opportunities regionally, nationally, and globally; (b) how to engage students in rich STEM explorations and team projects, so they can discover how their current interests align with the various possibilities available in STEM; (c) how to create opportunities for students to realize that they are capable of developing new talents through a process that includes failed attempts, focused practice, hard work, and perseverance.

Yaoran Li Dr. Yaoran Li Managing Researcher, Jacobs Institute

Introduction to Data Strategies for Educational Innovation

Sunday, July 28th 1-5pm PT, Jacobs Institute, University of San Diego

Successfully using data to demonstrate the outcomes and visualize the impacts of educational innovation is crucial. What are the meaningful data and how do you collect data wisely? More importantly, how do you generate insights from data and visualize in a way all stakeholders can understand? In this workshop, you will learn the different approaches to think about and how to utilize data. You will also learn how to use data visualizations/ dashboards/infographics to communicate actionable insights or inform the decision-making process. You will have an opportunity to critically evaluate different data strategies and come up with a plan that will work the best for your program, your dataset, or your question.

We want to give visibility to new data analytics tools and resources. If you have a question, data set, idea or a problem related to the data use in education, please bring it to this workshop. 

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