NEXT: Asheville, nc
February 27 - March 1, 2015
Join us for this two-day opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues from the school, library, museum, and home learning worlds--and anyone interested in reinventing how we think about and facilitate learning.
This event combines the unconference format of Steve Hargadon's Learning Revolution events with Matt Murrie's better-than-TED "What If...?360" format of short talks and action collaboration. We hope you will join us for an engaging, dialog-filled, highly-participatory retreat with lots of opportunities for deep-dive conversations.
To register, go to http://reinventingeducationavl.eventbrite.com.
For those who arrive on Friday, we'll facilitate connecting to others for early dinner plans, and then hold a quick series of What If...? talks, specially added for additional speakers.
Saturday morning will start with a series of short talks in the "What If...?" format, followed by break outs into groups that will design action steps based on the questions asked and discussion that follow. The afternoon will follow a traditional Unconference format with 45-minute conversations on topics proposed by participants, held in multiple tracks. Dinner groups are self-organized to continue conversation or explore Asheville's dynamic food culture.
The iSchool Initiative's DLR Tour Bus, a 38-foot classroom on wheels, will be on campus all day for tours. (Read more at http://www.ischoolinitiative.com/dlr-tour/)
Sunday morning deep-dive topics are also participant proposed, with attendance at any topic by self-selection and held at locations of your choice (hotel lobby, coffee house, cool vegan brunch place, etc). These conversations will allow for further exploration with those holding similar interests. Afternoon hikes, activities, or exploring can be coordinated through the group bulletin board.
The conference fee is $199. Email email@example.com if you would like to apply for a scholarship.
To register, go to http://reinventingeducationavl.eventbrite.com
Our speaker applications have closed. However, if you would like to be put on a wait list to present a "What If...?" talk, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll send you a speaker application. Registration fees are waived for speakers.
Come to the conference with a colleague from the same organization, school, or library, and you can use the "TEAM" code for a 25% discount off of your registration.
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FRIDAY (Feb 27th)
6:00pm Dinner Groups - Brown Hall (campus dining), UNCA
8:00pm "What If...?" talks in the Mountain Rooms, Highsmith Union, UNCA
Carol Teitelman - What if we REALLY knocked down the walls of the classroom?
Ken Morrill - What if our students designed through impossibleness for multiple futures?
Rebecca Heiss - What if we gave students the ability to guide their own education through personal experience and interest?
8:30pm Audience members "Hack the Ask"
SATURDAY (Feb 28th)
8:00am Check-in at the Alumni Room, Highsmith Union, UNCA, "All About Me" poster Building, and posting of unconference topics.
SEE PRESENTERS AND TOPICS HERE
9:00am "What If...?" Round 1
Thomas Riddle - What if you could learn like a Jedi?
Jeremy Boeh - What if we focused on building entrepreneurial spirit in every high school and college student?
Susan Wells - What if every child could find joy in learning?
10:15am "What If...?" Round 2
Liam Nilsen - What if we dropped the concept of education?
Janet Stallard & Josef Vice - What if contracts replaced grades?
David Loertscher - What if two heads were better than one?
11:45am "What If...?" Round 3
George Saltsman - What if we made it real?
Joy Swan - What if learners of all ages were allowed and encouraged to discover and follow their passion in life, and then supported in developing the skills to work and live those passions?
Michael Gilbert - What if teachers connected with all students?
1:00pm Lunch, individual conversations, and finalization of unconference conversations schedule.
2:30pm Unconference conversation set 1
3:15pm Unconference conversation set 2
4:00pm Unconference conversation set 3
4:45pm Unconference conversation set 4
5:30pm Unconference ends!
7:00pm Dinner groups convene
SUNDAY (March 1)
9:00am "Deep Dive" conversations
Afternoon - self-selected activities
TRAVEL, FOOD, + LODGING
The conference will be held in Asheville, NC. Asheville is accessible directly through the local airport (AVL), an hour+ from the Greenville-Spartanburg airport (GSP), and two hours from the Charlotte Douglas airport (CLT).
Saturday's events will be at Alumni Hall on the UNCA campus in the Highsmith Union building. Parking is free. Friday and Sunday event venues will be announced before the conference, and will be in the downtown Asheville area.
Asheville is a tourist town and an amazing place to visit--the Biltmore is here, and the scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains is wonderful. There is lots of terrific food and shopping. Lunch on Saturday is included in the cost and will be on the UNCA campus, and vegetarian/vegan options are not only available there but quite good. Other meals are on your own. Hotel prices downtown match the tourist nature of the city, but you can also find deals nearby for any budget. You can start your search at http://www.exploreasheville.com/hotels.