• SAVE THE DATE 2022 Schools of the Future
    October 20 & 21 Registration
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We are pleased to share that the Schools of the Future Conference will return as an in-person event in the Fall of 2022, taking place at the Hawaii Convention Center!

Important Dates:
July 1 - September 30- Standard Registration - NOW OPEN
October 19- Pre-Conferences
October 20 and 21- SOTF Conference

The 14th annual Schools of the Future Conference will explore a wide-range of topics and ideas related to best practices in education. This event is the largest of its nature in the Hawai'i and serves as an opportunity for teachers and administrators, across Hawaii's public, private and charter school educators and administrators to reflect upon how schools can better serve students. The conference is produced annually in partnership with the Hawai'i State Department of Education, the Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools, the Hawai'i Community Foundation and the Hawai'i Society for Technology in Education. The 2019 conference was the last one offered in-person and experienced a record number of attendees, with total participation over two days of 2,177 educators from Hawaii's public, private and charter schools.


  • 4 Keynote speakers – two on each day of the conference
  • 10+ Featured Speakers - aligned with tracks
  • 100+ Breakout Sessions and Workshops
  • Interactive Playgrounds
  • Networking Spaces with Facilitated Conversations
  • Student-led Sessions
  • NEW! On-Demand Recorded Content Package included as part of the SOTF registration.
  • Early Childhood Learning
  • Learning Variabilities
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Project and Place-Based Learning
  • Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)
  • Leading Schools of the Future
  • Learning Not Lost: Preserving and Perpetuating Best Practices
  • NEW! Career Technical Education (CTE)
More information and announcements coming soon! In the meantime, please email the SOTF Planning Committee with any inquiries.
Keynote Speakers
  • StoryCorps - Oct. 20 @ 9am

    StoryCorps - Oct. 20 @ 9am

    StoryCorps will celebrate both student and teacher voices through stories during the opening keynote, demonstrating the power of personal narrative. They'll tell the story of StoryCorps --with a look at where students and teachers fit into that story-- talk about the key ingredients of the StoryCorps conversation model, and share examples from classrooms across the country. Attendees will leave feeling inspired and empowered to record their own conversations, and imagine ways this could come to life at their schools.
  • Shelley Moore - Oct. 20 @ 1pm

    Shelley Moore - Oct. 20 @ 1pm

    Shelley Moore is a highly sought-after teacher, researcher, consultant and storyteller, and she has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Her research and work has been featured at national and international conferences, and is constructed based on theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum, and teacher professional development.
  • Jal Mehta - Oct. 21 @ 9:00 am

    Jal Mehta - Oct. 21 @ 9:00 am

    Jal Mehta is Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A sociologist by training, his work focuses on how to remake the industrial-era school system into a modern learning organization that creates passion and purpose for both students and adults. Jal is the co-director of the Deeper Learning Dozen, a community of practice of 12 districts across the United States and Canada that are seeking to remake themselves for the future.
  • Denise Pope - Oct. 21 @ 1pm

    Denise Pope - Oct. 21 @ 1pm

    Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a school reform nonprofit that partners with schools and families to embrace a broad definition of success and implement research-based strategies that promote student well-being and engagement with learning.
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