NEASC Annual Conference and Showcase
With a new name, new location, and revised format for our 134th annual event, we are excited to bring you fresh and relevant content guided by this year's theme, Designed for Learning. Inspired by the growing interest in and adoption of Design Thinking within the K-12 education community, this event will be a two-day exploration of how a design-based approach can increase engagement, enhance collaboration, and unlock meaningful solutions for improvement and problem-solving in your classroom, your school, and your learning community.
The conference will be a unique opportunity to hear not only from the visionaries behind Design Thinking, but also from colleagues who have immersed themselves in the design process to reboot their mindsets and creatively address challenges in their schools. Their real-life stories will be showcased alongside a growing list of prominent speakers from the design and education worlds. We look forward to seeing you in December!
December 5-6, 2019
Who should attend?
K-12 teachers and administrators, and individuals or organizations actively involved in the K-16 education continuum
In addition to the ACE Learning workshop, NEASC will offer several immersive, pre-conference activities to further explore design-thinking. Information will be posted as the schedule develops.
Earn graduate credits for attending the conference!
In partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), NEASC has developed a 3-credit graduate-level course integrated with the conference program content: Introduction to Innovation and Design Thinking in Education [PDHU 598A].
ACE Learning workshop
Wed, Dec 4, 2019
NEASC International Education will be hosting an ACE Learning visitor training workshop in tandem with the Annual Conference and Showcase. Conference attendance is not required to participate.
Michael Horn - Keynote, Disruptive Innovation
Michael Horn is the Head of Strategy, the Entangled Group; Senior Partner, Entangled Solutions; Co-founder/distinguished fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. He has author/coauthored multiple articles and books on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. [online profile]
Ela Ben-Ur - Keynote, Strategies for Design Thinking
Ela Ben-Ur is passionate about seeing people of all ages articulate and amplify their natural ways of making things better. She has worked and co-experimented deeply with educators and organizations interested in design thinking since 2012. Ela worked 13 prior years at renowned innovation firm IDEO. Her design practice and leadership at IDEO spanned diverse industries, geographies and sectors. She went on to coach teams, facilitate for clients and co-found IDEO’s Leadership Studio for developing project leaders. Ela has taught courses from product design to life design at pioneering Olin College since 2007. She’s led workshops at venues from MIT (her alma mater) to the National Science Teachers’ Association, AIGA, International Development Design Summit, and US Conference on AIDS. Her 5- and 7-year old daughters are her inspiration. More at her professional site, i2iexperience.com. [Image: Dirk Ahlgrim; Text from innovatorscompass.org]