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Wouldn't it be nice to have some of the most intriguing conference presenters give a special presentation, tailored just for you? For this poster session, presenters will be stationed around the room with visual presentations of their material. Tour the poster displays, stop, and ask questions of those whose topics interest you the most. This is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of programs in a short time and make deeper connections with those whose work aligns with or challenges your own. Have some refreshments and network with your peers while you're at it!

This year we are experimenting with an exciting new format that we are calling a "Soapbox Session." Modeled after the Speakers' Corner in London's Hyde Park, the soapbox session will allow a charismatic and courageous group of speakers to hold forth on topics on which they hold passionate views while the audience roams freely, stopping to listen to those who are the most provocative and persuasive, challenging their views, and engaging in a lively dialogue.

We look forward to vigorous participation, not only from those on their soapboxes, but from other conference participants. Come and enjoy a snack (there will be no rotten tomatoes on the menu), mingle, and see what lies beneath the calm exteriors of otherwise mild-mannered innovators and educators!

National education systems worldwide are being reformed to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. As a respected adviser to governments in Europe, Asia and the United States, Sir Ken Robinson argues that many countries are pushing reforms in the wrong direction. Drawing from his groundbreaking book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative, he explains why too many are locked into a model of education shaped by the Industrial Revolution and a narrow idea of academic ability. Urging schools and colleges everywhere to urgently rethink basic assumptions about intelligence and achievement, Sir Ken focuses on the vital questions: Why is it essential to promote creativity? What’s the problem? Why do so many adults think they’re not creative? Most children are buzzing with ideas. What happens to them as they grow up? What should be done? Is everyone creative or just a select few? Can creativity be developed? If so, how? In exploring these questions, Sir Ken argues for radical changes in how we educate all students to meet the extraordinary challenges of living and working in the 21st century.

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Sir Ken's biography is now available in PDF format! Click here to download it...


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