Saturday, May 04, 2013

Beyond These Times: Reimaging School

This second event in a two-part series, brings together nationally recognized visionaries for cutting-edge conversations about how advances in technology, increased globalization, and other major forces of change will shape the schools of tomorrow.

Internationally recognized thinker and speaker Tony Wagner, author of the recently released Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, explores what schools must offer to develop students’ capacity to innovate. Wagner will be joined by Constance Yowell, Director of Education at the MacArthur Foundation, who is spearheading a unique partnership of thirty-four local organizations to help Chicago youth become tomorrow’s creative innovators and thrive in our digital economy. WBEZ arts and culture journalist Alison Cuddy will moderate.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Navy Pier

Tony Wagner
Constance Yowell

Admission: free

"Beyond These Times" represents a working collaboration between three Chicago landmark nonprofit organizations—the Golden Apple Foundation, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and National Louis University—all committed to improving the educational experience of Chicago's students.

Register online:,2,10,4

The first event in this series was held March 22 and featured educational futurist James Gee and Illinois Math and Science Academy founder Stephanie Pace Marshall:

Monday, March 04, 2013

4 ways to "Build your own PD" with resources from ICE

Last week, the Illinois Computing Educators held their annual "ICE Conference" in St. Charles, IL ( Attending an education conference is great for increasing knowledge, building skills and most importantly, having an opportunity to meet and discuss teaching and learning with fellow educators. However, if you were unable to attend, consider using the ICE online resources to "build your own PD experience!"

1) Tune into the new ICE Eduvision channel,, to watch great keynote addresses by Wes Fryer and Pam Allyn, as well as several breakout sessions hosted by these keynoters and other featured speakers, such as: Scott McLeod, Steve Dembo, Hall Davidson, Ben Rimes, Carol Broos and Joe Brennan.

2) Watch several sessions on the ICE Conference UStream channel:  (look for videos recorded last week).

3) Visit the ICE Wiki for links to presenter info, breakout session slides, handouts and resources from Thursday:

or Friday

4) Finally, search through Twitter using the hashtag #ice13 ( to check out the "Tweets" posted during the conference (also archived at

Happy Learning!!