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Join teachers and administrators from Hawai‘i’s public, private, charter and parochial schools as we focus on how to best transform our existing schools and create new learning environments for today and tomorrow.

This collaborative event is presented by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, the Hawaii Department of Education and the Hawaii Community Foundation in partnership with the Pillars of Peace Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and the Hawaii Society for Technology in Education to highlight the best practices that are taking place in our learning environments today and being planned for those of tomorrow.

Keynote Speakers
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    Sal Khan

    Sal Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone anywhere. Khan Academy's content and mastery learning platform has over 71 million registered users from all over the world and has been localized into over 30 languages.
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    Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

    Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is the Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California. She studies the psychological and neurobiological development of emotion and self-awareness, and connections to social, cognitive and moral development in educational settings.
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2019 Schools of the Future Call for Proposals is Open!

Be a part of the 11th annual Schools of the Future Conference! We are seeking proposals related to pedagogy and best teaching practices to help educators prepare student learners for the future. This year's conference will take place on October 3-4, with the Leading Schools of the Future (LSOTF) Pre-Conference on October 2. Stay tuned for Early Bird Registration, which will open in March.

To submit a proposal, please complete the 2019 SOTF Submission Form.

The deadline to submit a proposal is APRIL 1, 2019 and notifications will be sent by April 27, 2019.


Conference Tracks:

The Schools of the Future Conference explores a wide range of topics and ideas. Conference tracks are offered as a means of illuminating content that is of most interest to attendees. Session proposals can be submitted in one of the conference tracks listed below, but can encompass a wide-range of topics. For sessions that may fall under multiple tracks, please submit the proposal under the best-fitting track.

Each conference track offers general guidelines and keywords that best represent the interests of this year's conference. These guidelines are offered to assist and are by no means limitations.

  • Early Childhood Learning: Presentations should be geared towards Preschool through grade 3 educators and should aim to explore the latest trends and research in the early childhood field.
  • Learning Variabilities & Individualized Learning: This track will encompass differentiated and personalized learning, exploring how to make learning accessible to all students.
  • Equity and Diversity: Sessions in this track should explore how we are addressing equity and diversity in our schools. This could include examples of learning opportunities that value students’ culture and identity while addressing assumptions about inclusion and equity.
  • Project and Place-Based Learning: Sessions in this track should aim to advance PBL practices by exploring the knowledge and skills needed to design, assess and manage high quality, authentic Project/Inquiry/Problem/Place-Based Learning.
  • Social and Emotional Learning: This track will explore best practices and strategies for effective SEL implementation, while also exploring evidence and research supporting the impact of SEL.
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology: This track will explore resources and strategies for transforming teaching and learning through the use of edtech and computer science.
  • Best Practices in 21st Century Learning: This track will encapsulate a wide-range of best-practices that address topics ranging from student engagement, school culture and climate, assessment and other innovative practices transforming student learning.
  • Leading Schools of the Future: This track is intended for administrators and school leadership. Proposals should address topics such as institutional transformation strategies, approaches to school renewal and innovative initiatives.

Session Format Type:

  • Presentation - Can be a traditional seated audience presentation or Interactive lecture - involving participant-engaged learning experience.
  • Panel - Presentation involving a designated moderator facilitating discussion among 3 or more panelists on a particular topic.
  • Workshop - In depth exploration of a topic over the course of 1 or 2 sessions that provides for a more personal, in-depth exploration of a particular topic, resource, or tool. .
  • Like-Minded Session - An informal facilitated discussion, centered around a specific topic or subject matter area of interest. To be held during lunch on day 2 (October 27).

Note: All presentation formats may involve 1 or more presenters. Student participation is encouraged.


Proposal Submission Guidelines:

When completing the Proposal Submission Form, you will be asked to include the Presentation Title - 100 characters maximum – and a Presentation Summary - 3-10 sentences or 750 characters maximum. If your proposal is selected, the description provided will appear in the SOTF program and will be made viewable on the conference program app. Please be sure that it fully and accurately describes the topic on which you will be presenting and what you will be doing during your session. Please make sure that all content (including spelling and grammar) is suitable for public reference.


Primary Presenter Discount:

If your proposal is selected, the Primary Presenter will receive a 50% discount on the conference fee in effect at the time of registration. All additional co-presenters must pay 100% of the regular conference fee if they wish to attend the conference. If co-presenters are middle or high school students, they will be able to register at the 1 day $50 student discount rate with a maximum of 3 per school/presentation. Please note that the conference does not cover any travel expenses (hotel, airfare or other) for presenters.


Proposal Review Criteria:

Keep in mind that the proposal reviewers may not know you or your reputation or be familiar with the specific technologies, models or instructional strategies you are addressing. Be sure to provide sufficient detail including full names (not acronyms) and brief descriptions of all such elements in your proposal summary so reviewers can evaluate the relevance and usefulness of the information to attendees.

Specifically, reviewers will evaluate your proposal for its:

  • Relevance of the topic to the educational track and SOTF audience.
  • Educational significance and contribution to the respective topic.
  • Ease of replication and application.
  • Value to participants.
  • Presenter knowledge and experience.