Speakers and Sessions

INSPIRING INNOVATIVE STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS

According to researchers at the University of Oxford, 47 percent of current jobs will become obsolete over the next 10-20 years due to computers and automation, and that many of the remaining jobs will require creativity and social skills. New findings from the brain, behavior, organizational, and social sciences have shown that creativity and innovation can be trained. Discover the research behind the “Science of Innovation,” new strategies to train creativity and innovation, ways to develop innovative mindsets, schools, and leaders, and why promoting imagination and daydreaming can improve student achievement.

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the conference, you will:
  • Explore the brain science of innovation, creativity, and curiosity
  • Discover the academic benefits of mindfulness and mind wandering
  • Teach innovation with technology, design thinking, and improvisation
  • Examine the brain science of creative thinking, reflection, and daydreaming
  • Apply an innovator's mindset to students, teachers, professors, and leaders
  • Discover how to inspire kids, create innovative schools, and promote change
  • Explain the creative mindsets of creative geniuses and innovative teachers
  • Connect creativity and visualization to dyslexia, math, and STEM education
  • Investigate the brain science and power of play, literacy, and storytelling
  • Examine ways to promote risk-taking, imagination, and critical thinking
  • Use technology, collaboration, making, and art for creative classrooms

Featured Speakers

David M. Eagleman, PhD

Neuroscientist; Guggenheim Fellow; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Laboratory for Perception and Action, Stanford University School of Medicine; Host of the Emmy-nominated PBS Series, The Brain; Writer for The Atlantic, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist; Regular Guest on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature; Internationally Bestselling Author of The Brain: The Story of You (2017) and Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (2012); Co-Author, The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World (2017)

Alison M. Gopnik, PhD

Renowned Child Psychologist; Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley; Author, The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children (2016); Co-Author, "Learning to Learn from Stories: Children's Developing Sensitivities to the Causal Structure of Fictional Worlds" (2017, Child Development), "What Happens to Creativity As We Age?" (2017, The New York Times), and The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn (2009, Reprint Edition)

George Couros, MEd

Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Parkland School Division, Alberta, Canada; Former Classroom Teacher; Author, The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent and Lead a Culture of Creativity (2015)

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD

Associate Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience, Rossier School of Education; Associate Professor of Psychology, Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California; Co-Author, “How Social–Emotional Imagination Facilitates Deep Learning and Creativity in the Classroom” (2016, Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom) and “Rest is not Idleness: Implications of the Brain’s Default Mode for Human Development and Education” (2012, Perspectives on Psychological Science)

Larry Robertson, MBA

Founder and President, Lighthouse Consulting; Author, The Language of Man: Learning to Speak Creativity (2016) and A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and Its Moment in Human Progress (2009)

Charles K. Fadel, MBA

Founder and Chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign; Senior Fellow at the Partnership for 21st Century Learning; Visiting Practitioner, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Co-Author, Four-Dimensional Education: The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed (2015) and 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times (2009)

Jonathan A. Gottschall, PhD

Distinguished Fellow, English Department, Washington & Jefferson College; Author, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human (2013) and The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (2005)

THE SCIENCE OF INNOVATION: HOW OUR BRAINS CREATE & INNOVATE

The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World and Education

David M. Eagleman, PhD

Neuroscientist; Guggenheim Fellow; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Laboratory for Perception and Action, Stanford University School of Medicine; Host of the Emmy-nominated PBS Series, The Brain; Writer for The Atlantic, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist; Regular Guest on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature; Internationally Bestselling Author of The Brain: The Story of You (2017) and Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (2012); Co-Author, The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World (2017)

The Creativity Challenge in Schools: How We Can Recapture American Innovation

KH Kim, PhD

Professor of Innovation and Creativity, College of William & Mary; Author, The Creativity Challenge: How We Can Recapture American Innovation (2016) and "The Creativity Crisis: The Decrease in Creative Thinking Scores on the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking" (2011, Creativity Research Journal); Co-Editor, Creatively Gifted Students Are Not Like Other Gifted Students, The World Journal of Behavioral Science, and Creativity Network Newsletter

The Neuroscience of Creativity: From Bird Brains to Human Genius

Robert M. Bilder, PhD, ABPP-CN

Clinical Neuropsychologist; Tennenbaum Family Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences; Director, Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, David Geffen School of Medicine; Chief of Medical Psychology - Neuropsychology, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles; Co-Author, "Creative Cognition and Systems Biology on the Edge of Chaos" (2014, Frontiers of Psychology)

Jump-Starting Our Innovating Mind

Wilma Koutstaal, PhD

Cognitive Scientist; Professor of Psychology, University of Minnesota; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Author, The Agile Mind (2012); Co-Author, Innovating Minds: Rethinking Creativity to Inspire Change (2015) and "Improving Insight and Non-insight Problem Solving with Brief Interventions" (2013, British Journal of Psychology); Blogger, "Our Innovating Minds: The Many Origins of Creative Thought and Action," Psychology Today

"You're Doing It Wrong" - What We Know and What We Miss About Creativity in the Classroom

Larry Robertson, MBA

Founder and President, Lighthouse Consulting; Author, The Language of Man: Learning to Speak Creativity (2016) and A Deliberate Pause: Entrepreneurship and Its Moment in Human Progress (2009)

The Science of Creativity Through the Lens of Divergent Thinking

Rex E. Jung, PhD

Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, University of New Mexico; Research Scientist, The Mind Research Network; Co-Author, “Personality and Complex Brain Networks: The Role of Openness to Experience in Default Network Efficiency" (2016, Human Brain Mapping), "A New Measure of Imagination Ability: Anatomical Brain Imaging Correlates" (2016, Frontiers in Psychology) and "The Structure of Creative Cognition in the Human Brain" (2013, Frontiers of Human Neuroscience)

A New Scientific Framework of Curiosity and Agility

Todd B. Kashdan, PhD

Professor of Psychology; Senior Scientist, Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing; Director, The Wellbeing Lab, George Mason University; Author, "What Erroneous Beliefs Do You Have About Resilience: New Research on Resilience Around the World" (2017, Psychology Today), "Personality Strengths as Resilience: A One-Year, Multiwave Study" (2016, Journal of Personality), and The Upside of Your Dark Side (2014)

THE SCIENCE OF IMAGINATION: HOW DAYDREAMING IMPROVES LEARNING

The Wandering Brain: Daydreaming, Creativity, and Cognitive Flexibility

Kieran C. R. Fox, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University; Co-Author, "Increasing Cognitive-Emotional Flexibility with Meditation and Hypnosis" (2016, Meditation and Hypnosis) and "The Wandering Brain: Meta-Analysis of Functional Neuroimaging Studies of Mind-Wandering and Related Spontaneous Thought Processes" (2015, NeuroImage)

The Default Network: How Social-Emotional Imagination Facilitates Deep Learning and Creativity

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD

Associate Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience, Rossier School of Education; Associate Professor of Psychology, Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California; Co-Author, “How Social–Emotional Imagination Facilitates Deep Learning and Creativity in the Classroom” (2016, Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom) and “Rest is not Idleness: Implications of the Brain’s Default Mode for Human Development and Education” (2012, Perspectives on Psychological Science)

The Science of Imagination: New Measures, Brain Networks, and Openness to Experience

Rex E. Jung, PhD

Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, University of New Mexico; Research Scientist, The Mind Research Network; Co-Author, “Personality and Complex Brain Networks: The Role of Openness to Experience in Default Network Efficiency" (2016, Human Brain Mapping), "A New Measure of Imagination Ability: Anatomical Brain Imaging Correlates" (2016, Frontiers in Psychology) and "The Structure of Creative Cognition in the Human Brain" (2013, Frontiers of Human Neuroscience)

The Middle Way: Finding the Right Balance Between Mindfulness and Mind Wandering for Creativity and Achievement

Jonathan W. Schooler, PhD

Director, Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential; Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences; Primary Investigator, Memory Emotion Thought Awareness (META) Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara; Co-Author, "Mindfulness in Education: Enhancing Academic Achievement and Student Well-Being by Reducing Mind-Wandering" (2017, Mindfulness in Social Psychology) and "Mindfulness Training Improves Working Memory Capacity and GRE Performance While Reducing Mind Wandering" (2013, Psychological Science)

Mindsets, Creativity, and Innovation: Creating Energetic Flexible Learners Who Are Attracted to Complexity

Emily Diehl, BA

Director, K-12 Professional Learning and Curriculum Design, Mindset Works; Former K-12 Teacher and Instructional Coach; Author, “Is Perfectionism Growth-Minded” (2014, Growth Mindset Newsletter)

Memory Activation During Learning and (Mental) Rest Promotes Reasoning

Alison R. Preston, PhD

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Texas at Austin; Co-Author, "Hippocampal-Medial Prefrontal Circuit Supports Memory Updating During Learning and Post-Encoding Rest" (2016, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory) and "Memory Reactivation During Rest Supports Upcoming Learning of Related Content" (2014, PNAS)

Being Creative is a Choice

Daniel L. Schwartz, PhD

Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Education; Professor of Educational Technology; Director, AAALab, Stanford University; Co-Author, "Give Your Ideas Some Legs: The Positive Effects of Walking on Creative Thinking" (2014, Journal of Experimental Psychology), "A Pragmatic Perspective on Visual Representation and Creative Thinking" (2014, Journal of Visual Studies), and "Inventing to Prepare for Future Learning" (2004, Cognition and Instruction)

Using Design Thinking to Boost Innovation and Empower Students

A.J. Juliani, MS

Director of Technology and Innovation, Centennial School District (PA); Adjunct Faculty, University of Pennsylvania; Author, Intentional Innovation: How to Guide Risk-Taking, Build Creative Capacity, and Lead Change (2017) and Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom (2014); Co-Author, Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning (2017) and LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student (2016)

THE INNOVATOR'S MINDSET: TEACHING TO CREATE, INNOVATE, & INVENT

The Innovator's Mindset: Empowering Teaching and Leading a Culture of Innovation

George Couros, MEd

Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Parkland School Division, Alberta, Canada; Former Classroom Teacher; Author, The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent and Lead a Culture of Creativity (2015)

How to "Teach" Innovation: No Buzzwords, No Theory, Actual Student Results

Don Wettrick, BS

Founder, StartEdUp Innovation, LLC; Innovation Director, Noblesville High School; Author, Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level (2014)

Creative Mindsets and Approaches: Learning from Successful, Creative Teachers

Danah Henriksen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Innovation, Arizona State University; Author, The Seven Transdisciplinary Cognitive Skills for Creative Education (2016) and "Learning from Creative Teachers" (2013, Educational Leadership); Co-Editor, "Creativity, Technology and Teacher Education" (2016)

Building the Habitudes of Creativity for All Learners

Angela Maiers, MA

Educator; Entrepreneur; Founder and CEO, Choose2Matter, Inc.; President, Maiers Educational Services; Author, Classroom Habitudes: Teaching Learning Habits and Attitudes in the 21st Century Classroom (2012, Revised Edition); Co-Author, The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (2017), Liberating Genius (2016), and The 12 Talents: The Must Have Habits and Attitudes of Effective 21st Century Leaders (2014)

4-D Education for an Age of Artificial Intelligence: Teaching Creativity, Curiosity, and Collaboration

Charles K. Fadel, MBA

Founder and Chairman, Center for Curriculum Redesign; Senior Fellow at the Partnership for 21st Century Learning; Visiting Practitioner, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Co-Author, Four-Dimensional Education: The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed (2015) and 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times (2009)

The Neuroscience of Creativity and Its Enhancement

Allan L. Reiss, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Science Research, Stanford University; Co-Author, "Changes in Brain Activation Associated with Spontaneous Improvisation and Figural Creativity After Design-Thinking-Based Training: A Longitudinal fMRI Study" (2016, Cerebral Cortex)

Nurturing Young Innovators with Creativity, Innovation, and Technology

Stephanie Smith Budhai, PhD

Director of Graduate Education, Neumann University; Co-Author, Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community (2017) and Teaching the 4C's with Technology (2015)

Laura McLaughlin Taddei, EdD

Associate Professor, Education, Neumann University; Co-Author, Nurturing Young Innovators: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom, Home and Community (2017) and Teaching the 4C's with Technology (2015)

THE STORYTELLER'S MIND: TEACHING THE POWER OF STORIES & LITERACY

The Creative, Storytelling Animal

Jonathan A. Gottschall, PhD

Distinguished Fellow, English Department, Washington & Jefferson College; Author, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human (2013) and The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative (2005)

Your Brain on Story: Using the Science of Stories to Persuade, Inspire, and Teach

Kendall Haven, PhD

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Stanford University; Expert Storyteller hired by Department of Defense DARPA research program to explore the cognitive neurology of how stories exert influence; Author, Store Smart: Using the Science of Story to Persuade, Influence, Inspire, and Teach (2014), Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story (2007), and Super Simple Storytelling: A Can-Do Guide for Every Classroom, Every Day (2000)

Digital Storytelling and New Media Narratives in the Classroom

Jason Ohler, PhD

Professor Emeritus, President's Distinguished Professor, Educational Technology and Virtual Learning; Director, Masters in Learning, Design and Technology, University of Alaska; Professor, Media Psychology PhD program, Fielding Graduate University; Co-founder, ISTE Special Interest Group on Digital Citizenship; Author, 4Four Big Ideas for the Future: Understanding Our Innovative Selves (2016), Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning and Creativity (2013, 2nd edition), and Digital Community, Digital Citizen (2010)

Dyslexia, Learning Differences, and Innovation

Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD

Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Director of UCSF Hoeft Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience (brainLENS.org), University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine; Recipient of the 2015 Transforming Education through Neuroscience Award from Learning & the Brain Foundation; Co-Author, "Neural Noise Hypothesis of Development Dyslexia" (2017, Trends in Cognitive Sciences)

Visible Learning in Literacy: Promoting Intellectual, Social, and Creative Growth

Douglas B. Fisher, PhD

Professor, Language and Literacy Education, Department of Teacher Education, San Diego State University; Classroom Teacher, Health Sciences High and Middle College; Co-Author, Visible Learning for Literacy, Grades K-12: Implementing the Practices That Work Best to Accelerate Student Learning (2016), Visible Learning for Mathematics (2016), Rigorous Reading (2013), and Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading (2012)

Evolution of the Young Mind: Creativity, Imagination, and Learning from Stories

Alison M. Gopnik, PhD

Renowned Child Psychologist; Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley; Author, The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children (2016); Co-Author, "Learning to Learn from Stories: Children's Developing Sensitivities to the Causal Structure of Fictional Worlds" (2017, Child Development), "What Happens to Creativity As We Age?" (2017, The New York Times), and The Scientist in the Crib: Minds, Brains, and How Children Learn (2009, Reprint Edition)

THINKING MINDS: TEACHING CRITICAL THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING

Revitalize Critical and Innovative Thinking: Student Engagement Using Thinking Routines

Kathy Perez, EdD

Professor, Teacher Leadership Program; Director of Outreach and Professional Development, Saint Mary’s College of California; Author, 200+ Proven Strategies for Teaching Reading, Grades K-8 (2016), New Inclusion: Differentiated Strategies to Engage ALL Students (2013) and More Than 100 Brain-Friendly Tools and Strategies for Literacy Instruction (2008)

Growth Mindsets and Literacy Success

Katherine S. McKnight, PhD

Educator and Consultant; Author, Literacy and Learning Centers for the Big Kids (2017); Co-Author, The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom: Using Improvisation to Teach Skills and Boost Learning (2008)

Critical Thinking in 21st Century Schools: More Than Just an Experiment

Karen Hypolite, PhD

a.k.a. Dr. K; Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Kennesaw State University; Founder, ThinkS.T.E.M. Technologies; Author, Think, Create, Innovate: 21st Century Keys to Advancing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (2017)

Creative, Mindset Mathematics and Innovative Teaching

Jo Boaler, PhD

Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education; Author, Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching (2015); Co-Author, Mindset Mathematics: Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas, Grade 4 (2017)

Creativity, Imagination, and Play: Essential Elements in University Learning

Stephen D. Brookfield, PhD

John Ireland Endowed Chair, University of St. Thomas; Author, Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher (2017, 2nd Edition) and Teaching for Critical Thinking (2011); Co-Author, Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers (2014)

Alison James, PhD

Professor of Learning and Teaching, University of Winchester; Co-Author, Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers (2014)

INSPIRED MINDS: LEADING INNOVATION IN SCHOOLS & TECHNOLOGY

The Wonder Wall: Leading Creative Schools in a Complex Age

Peter Gamwell, PhD

Former Superintendent, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board; Co-Author, The Wonder Wall: Leading Creative Schools and Organizations in an Age of Complexity (2017)

Fostering Innovation and Design Thinking in Schools

Sandy Speicher, MA, BFA

Partner and Managing Director of Education, IDEO; Strategic Advisor, K-12 Lab Network, d.school; Lecturer and Advisor, Hasso Platter Institute of Design, Stanford University; Member, Thought Leadership Council, Khan Academy

Courageous Edventures: Discover Classroom Innovation

Jennie Magiera, MS

Chief Program Officer, EdTechTeam; Former Chief Innovation Officer, Des Plaines School District; Author, Courageous Edventures: Navigating Obstacles to Discover Classroom Innovation (2016)

Innovation in Schools: New Technology, Making, Art and Creatical Thinking

Jason Ohler, PhD

Professor Emeritus, President's Distinguished Professor, Educational Technology and Virtual Learning; Director, Masters in Learning, Design and Technology, University of Alaska; Professor, Media Psychology PhD program, Fielding Graduate University; Co-founder, ISTE Special Interest Group on Digital Citizenship; Author, 4Four Big Ideas for the Future: Understanding Our Innovative Selves (2016), Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning and Creativity (2013, 2nd edition), and Digital Community, Digital Citizen (2010)

Capturing the Spark: Learning from Inspired Teachers and Thriving Schools

David B. Cohen, PhD

National Board Certified Teacher; English Teacher, Palo Alto High School; Co-Director, Teacher Leadership Network-Accomplished California Teachers (ACT); Author, Capturing the Spark: Inspired Teaching, Thiriving Schools (2016)

Moving the Rock: An Audacious Roadmap for Tackling the Big Challenges of Education Reform

Grant Lichtman, MS

Chief Provocateur, The Future of K-12 Education; Senior Fellow, The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence; Author, Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education (2017) and #EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education (2014)

Intentional Innovation: How to Lead Risk-Taking and School Change

A.J. Juliani, MS

Director of Technology and Innovation, Centennial School District (PA); Adjunct Faculty, University of Pennsylvania; Author, Intentional Innovation: How to Guide Risk-Taking, Build Creative Capacity, and Lead Change (2017) and Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom (2014); Co-Author, Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning (2017) and LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student (2016)