The NewSchools-Aspen Institute Summit is an invitation-only event featuring top practitioners and thinkers working to transform education in underserved communities. Summit 2012 will begin with evening festivities on May 1, 2012 and continue through the day on May 2.
Registration will be open from 7am-9pm on May 1, and beginning at 6:30am on May 2.
For a centering start to your Summit experience, we invite you to join us for a complimentary yoga class Wednesday morning. All levels are welcome and mats will be provided.
Are you an early riser? Or an East Coaster cast as an unwilling early riser? The Early Riser Lounge will provide you juice, coffee, newspapers, news radio, and a feeling of home.
A special breakfast for those participating in the buddy system. A great opportunity for Summit first-timers to meet their buddies in person and connect with others.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Is the Movement Moving Fast Enough?
Amid a struggling economy and rising numbers of children in poverty, we ask: Is the movement where it expected to be in 2012? An appraisal of the progress of education entrepreneurs to date and a call to action.
Out of the Hothouse: From Top Charters to Big Districts
Roland Fryer’s Apollo 20 project is working to translate charter practices into district successes in Houston, and it’s demonstrating exciting early results. What’s happening there, and can it work elsewhere?
Teachers Talk…About Reform
Critics say current reforms, which emphasize data-driven accountability, amount to blaming teachers. Advocates say reform empowers teachers. What do actual teachers think? Participants will hear from teachers from a variety of backgrounds on these topics and will have a chance to get their questions answered.
Fun and Games — and Real Learning: Game-based Learning in the Classroom
Entrepreneurs are bringing the look and feel of digital games to classroom learning to enhance student engagement. Can games raise engagement and achievement, or are they a distraction to purposeful reform? This session will bring together teachers, game creators and investors to talk about opportunities for games to generate real learning outcomes and the realities of trying to integrate games into a classroom environment.
Can Blended Learning and “No Excuses” Coexist?
Blended learning—where face-to-face and online learning intermingle—is emerging as a promising approach to personalizing instruction. Yet many successful “no excuses” schools view blended learning with skepticism. Can the proven strengths of “No Excuses” live happily with the potential for new technologies to enable differentiated instruction and self-directed learning?
Coffee Talk: Transformational Teachers
Join Teach For America’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Steven Farr, in a dialogue about TFA’s exploration of makings and marks of transformational teachers — those who not only alter their students’ academic trajectory, but position them for a different path in life.
Disruption and the Public Good
Entrepreneurs have brought disruptive innovation not just to private enterprise, but to areas of public good, from energy to medicine, with major benefits to the public. Yet education has been slow to learn from the work of entrepreneurs in other sectors. Extraordinary entrepreneurs focused on key areas of public good—health care, green energy, and food and nutrition—will share their stories, lessons, and advice.
The Achievement Gap: Is there an App for That? Generously sponsored by Target
The education technology market is developing rapidly and education entrepreneurs, frustrated by the fragmented, regulated K-12 institutional market environment, are devising new ways to spread their innovations, through freemium, viral products that reach teachers and even parents directly. What will these changes mean, and are they good for underserved students?
At the Core of the Common Core
The Common Core State Standards aim to change everything—and for innovators and entrepreneurs, they may. With the simultaneous implementation of the Common Core State Standards in 46 states and DC, there is the potential for a truly national market. But how will the Common Core actually affect the classroom? A key author of the Common Core State Standards will lead an immersion experience.
Building Better New Teachers: How to Start a Teacher Prep Program
More and more, charter organizations and districts are training their own teachers—and a handful have started full-fledged ed schools. What does excellent teacher training look like? In a rapid-fire Q&A full of both substantive information and levity, participants will hear from pioneers in this field on creating and running a teacher preparation program.
Coffee Talk: Education Entrepreneurs without Borders
Education entrepreneurship and venture philanthropy are going international. A conversation between an entrepreneur and a philanthropist who share beliefs and span borders.
Race to the Top: Out of the Starting Gate, but Any Closer to the Finish Line?
Race to the Top spurred a flurry of policy enactments and other ambitious reform commitments. Entrepreneurial organizations feature prominently in many of these reforms. Two years into this endeavor, what have we learned? What are the most promising developments, and where is the work off-course or struggling? What have entrepreneurial organizations learned about working “inside” the system, and how should they approach Race to the Top Round 3?
The View from the Other Side: Entrepreneurs Running Systems
A wave of leaders from entrepreneurial organizations has moved to head up large traditional systems. Now that they are there, how their views changed, and how do they see innovative organizations fitting into their reform agenda? What do they wish outside organizations would do now that they are on the other side?
Big Data: Will It Change Everything? This session generously sponsored by Pearson
“Big Data” is the hot topic in the worlds of high-tech and business, and a major force in our daily lives — “a new class of economic asset, like currency or gold,” according to the New York Times. Education data lags, with non-comparable grades and once-a-year standardized tests. But massive growth of digital data in education is coming. What will it mean, and how can we leverage it for the benefit of low-income students?
Teaching in the Digital Age This session generously sponsored by Target
Over the coming years, teachers will have access to a rapidly widening array of technology tools that help to personalize learning for students. However, the impact of these tools on student learning will depend in large part on the instructional skills of teachers. How does the role of the teacher change in classrooms infused with technology?
Teachers, Principals, Faraway Places: Rural Innovation
Rural education reformers face unique challenges finding teachers and principals due to isolation and low public funding. These constraints have bred innovative solutions to teacher recruitment, instructional delivery, and professional development. A group of top rural education leaders will explore innovative solutions to the challenge.
Coffee Talk: Using Storytelling to Communicate your School’s Vision and Impact
In a hands-on workshop with the photo-video artists behind the “In Their Own Words” display at Summit, learn how to tell engaging, authentic, emotional stories about students and school. They will work you through their step-by-step process.
W(h)ither Federal Education Policy?
A conversation between key leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties on the federal role in education, the future of No Child Left Behind, and how the 2012 election will affect education reform.
Got Grit?: Psychological interventions that close achievement gaps
Many students who seem academically prepared fail to persist toward a college degree. For some, that’s because they lack the mindsets or skills for success in their new educational environments. Fortunately, relatively brief experiences that change students’ psychology can lead to reductions in achievement gaps even years later. Discussion will focus on insights from the psychology of student resilience and taking these interventions to scale.
Kickstarting Innovation for English Language Learners and Special Education Students
Schools face unique challenges in serving English Language Learners and students with special needs, but few entrepreneurs have taken on the complexities of serving these special populations. This session will confront the achievement gaps that exist within ELL and special education student populations. Participants will transition to working groups with entrepreneurs and school leaders to devise action steps.
Coffee Talk: Beyond College Readiness: Preparing Successful College Graduates
Just as K-12 educators focus on empowering students to excel to and through college, so too must higher education leaders focus on facilitating success through and beyond college. What else might K-12 educators and their advocates do to cultivate the knowledge, skills and mindsets our students need for college persistence and success? How can the higher education community better leverage these qualities to launch first-generation college students into lives of greatness? How might we all work together? Learn how one college currently engages these questions.
Life’s a Pitch!
Early on in an edtech startup’s life, there are three critical “decision makers” that have the ability to directly impact the long-term viability of a company: 1) venture capitalist (the funder); 2) the teacher (the customer); and 3) the district administrator (the purchaser). Join us as we observe how three entrepreneurs from the Imagine K12 cohort pitch in front of these three important constituents. Participants will leave with a more nuanced understanding of how these three groups make decisions.
What are the prospects for change that will benefit the education of America’s 15 million low-income children? Rahm Emanuel’s vantage points have included Capitol Hill, the White House, and now, Chicago’s City Hall. In this closing session, he offers a view into the future of reform.
Please Touch the Technology
This interactive exhibit allows participants to explore and play with current innovations in education technology. It includes tools and content for some of the most challenging problems: tools for special education students, examples of blended learning classrooms in action, data dashboards, and college readiness supports, along with promising learning games.
“In Their Own Words”
An exhibit of the faces and stories of the students we are serving, created by ListenIn Pictures
A networking lounge will remain open with coffee and snacks all day. The Band Room is a great place to coordinate with those you know, or meet someone new.
We are deeply grateful to the generous sponsors who are helping make Summit 2012 possible.