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#NEASC2019 December 5-6

NEASC Annual Conference and Showcase

December 5-6, 2019
Burlington, MA, USA

#NEASC2019 #designed4learning

IMPORTANT: Online registration is now closed, but on-site registration will be available during the conference. Visit the Welcome Desk for assistance.

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-world stories will be showcased alongside 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, school counselors, and individuals or organizations actively involved in the K-16 education continuum


Marriott Hotel, One Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803 USA [map]

A reduced hotel room rate of $189 USD will be available to conference attendees from Tuesday through Friday, December 3-6.

  • Book your hotel room online
  • Or make your reservation by phone: 781-229-6565 (Toll-free in the US: 888-855-7741)

    Please note that the reservation deadline for the discounted rate ended on Tuesday, 11/19.
Meet our featured speakers!

Michael Horn - 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. 

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Ela Ben-Ur - 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. [Image: Dirk Ahlgrim; Profile: innovatorscompass.org]

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Sam Seidel - Student Experience

Sam Seidel is the Director of K12 Strategy and Research at the Stanford d.school, the Director of the Student Experience Lab at the Business Innovation Factory, and author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education. As a passionate and experienced leader in education transformation who is immersed in education, race, culture and design, the creative energy and expertise Sam will bring to the conference is ideally Designed for Learning

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Scarlett Lewis - Choose Love

Scarlett Lewis the founder of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation in honor of her son Jesse who, along with 19 classmates and 6 teachers and administrators, was killed during the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. Her mission is to spread a message from Jesse left shortly before he died, Nurturing Healing Love, and to promote social and emotional education in schools and a consistent message of compassion in our communities.

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Printable Program (pdf)

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].

NEASC International ACE Workshop

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.