Everything You Need to Know for Summit

April 22, 2014

Summit101-Handy-GuideSummit2014_ClippingMask_largev3We are so excited to see you at Summit next week! The NewSchools Summit team is working around the clock to ensure a great experience for you. In anticipation of your visit, we’ve compiled some practical advice for making your way through the day.


You’ll need your name tag to get into sessions and social events. Come get yours at the registration area (2nd floor at the top of the escalator) during these times:

April 28: 7:00 am -10:00 pm
April 29: 7:00 am -10:00 pm
April 30: 6:30 am – 5:00 pm



 Visit the Summit Website to edit your profile and create your own agenda for Summit. You can find a main-day agenda available to the public on the NewSchools Website.


twitterFollow NewSchools on Twitter @nsvf and use the hashtag #NSVFSummit. Stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook. And check out our blog, where we will be live-blogging on Summit day.


bookWe’re covering a host of fascinating education topics at Summit! To help you make sense of it all, we’ve put together a uniquely designed site with resources related to the Summit sessions.




Marriott lobby
Sponsored by Zynga.org and co.lab

30bSUMMIT DAY (4/30/14)
7:00-8:00AM Breakfast
8:00-9:20AM Opening Plenary: Bryan Stevenson
9:20-10:20AM Hours of Power (see agenda)
10:20-11:50AM Breakout Sessions (see agenda)
12:00-1:10PM Lunchtime Plenary: John King

1:50-3:00PM Breakout Sessions (see agenda)
3:00-4:00PM Hours of Power (see agenda)
4:10-5:30PM Closing Plenary: Jim Shelton

5:30-7:30PM Closing Reception


Some sessions have limited space—please plan accordingly.


sunMorning Yoga: For a centering start to your Summit experience, we invite you to join us for a complimentary yoga class at 6am Wednesday morning in Bayside I. All levels are welcome and some mats will be provided. 

3rd Annual Summit 5K: The 3rd Annual Summit 5K will leave from the hotel lobby at 6am sharp! This informal, non-competitive event is open to runners of all abilities.


HandWe have designed two hour-long blocks on Wednesday for networking and other interactions: 9:20-10:20AM and 3:00-4:00pm. Check the agenda for all the awesome activities that will be happening during those times.

Helpful services in the San Ramon Room:
·      Q&A Table – there’s no such thing as a stupid question!
·      AT&T charging station
·      Live streaming of sessions


speakerHere are a few that we recommend:
·      Transforming Trauma: Promoting Resilience  Learn about the neurobiology of stress and trauma and how we can use this understanding to promote resilience and school success for all members of a school community. Read more in this blog entry.
·      Winning the Fight for Higher Standards  Learn about the shared elements of the political Common Core battles  as well as lessons — strategy and tactics for winning the battle for all students.
·      STEM to STEAM: Creativity as a Lever for Social Justice Explore the relationship between STEM, creativity, and social justice and how these pieces can engage diverse learners to transform their world.


It can be confusing to know what to wear here in the land of casual. Summit attendees cover the range of fashion from Silicon Valley casual to East Coast business attire. Business casual is a safe bet.

SPECIAL THANKS: We are grateful to the sponsors who are making Summit 2014 possible: Target, Zynga.org, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation, the Doris and Donald Fisher Fund, ETS, ExxonMobil, PEARSON, The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and AT&T