The free event is being co-sponsored and hosted by the Center for Educational Innovation and will focus on topics of transformative educational change, leadership, literacy, innovation, and social equity.
The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) invites all teachers, school and district leaders, higher education stakeholders, and edtech providers to its free, Worldwide Winter Virtual Conference entitled “Moving Education Forward.”
This three-day virtual event will run from February 24–26 and will include a full lineup of critical and timely content. The event is free to attend and will focus on topics of transformative educational change, innovation, and social equity as they relate to:
- Health and wellness;
- Social-emotional learning (SEL);
- The intersection of innovative technology and district leadership; and
- Equity and inclusion.
“Moving Education Forward” will be a hands-on experience meant to link learning with experience, providing participants the chance to walk away from each session with new, tangible skills that can help foster a sense of innovation and equity in their respective school districts.
“It is CEI’s privilege to host this exciting symposium at a time of both rapid change and equally rapid innovation within the sphere of public education,” said Michael Kohlhagen, the CEO of CEI. “At CEI, we believe that education is the cornerstone of our communities, and that every child deserves a high-quality education based on inclusion and equity and supported by technological innovation—an education that fosters advancement for us all.”
The three-day conference will be delivered using a mix of virtual formats, including:
- Focus groups;
- Panel discussions;
- Hands-on pair-up sessions;
- Virtual workshops;
- Pre-recorded video modules;
- Networking sessions;
- Table topics;
- Time and space for reflection; and
- Interactive e-workbooks.
The first day of the virtual conference will center on self-care and feature sessions that will teach district stakeholders how to take care of themselves in order to take care of others. Participants will get the opportunity to interact with NYC DOE Chancellor Richard Carranza during the lunchtime leadership session. They will then explore a novel and exciting cooking-based approach to SEL and self-care in the afternoon.
Day two involves a deep dive into the intersection of leadership and technological innovation. The morning session features a technology panel with a range of speakers, from edtech CEOs and venture capitalists to students and educators. The special leadership lunch will include Dr. Betty Rosa, Commissioner of Education and the President of the University of the State of New York, and the afternoon session will get down to nuts and bolts with a series of hands-on innovation workshops.
Day three is all about literacy, specifically as it pertains to equity and inclusion. Dr. Robert Padilla, Superintendent of Newburgh Enlarged City School District and the New York State Superintendent of the Year, will lead a discussion on leadership, equity, and inclusion in larger school districts. The conference will wrap up with a hands-on mixology session complete with a virtual happy hour.
Additional guest speakers will include Peter DeWitt, Marisol Quevedo Rerucha, Dr. Carolyn Gery, Randy Russel, Paul Bloomberg, Alan Daly, Floyd Cobb, Anthony Lodico, and Angela Maiers.