Speakers and Sessions


Technology experts estimate that 47 percent of current jobs will be obsolete over the next one-two decades due to computers and automation and that many of the remaining jobs will require innovative thinking skills, yet schools are not preparing students for these job changes. New ways of thinking, making and imagining also have the potential to bring revolutionary changes to students' lives, schools and society. Yet the science of innovation and innovative thinking has remained a mystery until today. New findings from brain, behavior, social and organizational sciences are providing insights how to promote this creative thinking process, how to inspire meaningful changes in students and schools, and how to use the brain's default mode network and social-emotional imagination in ways that will reshape learning and education. Learn about the "Science of Innovation," strategies to inspire innovative thinking, ideas and change; examples of innovation in schools and forward-thinking leaders; how to teach students the ability to innovate, and why the brain's default mode and social-emotional imagination for essential for student creativity, innovation, learning and achievement.

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Featured Speakers

David M. Eagleman, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences; Director, Laboratory for Perception and Action, Stanford University School of Medicine; Director, Center for Science and Law; Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, BrainCheck; Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, NeoSensory; Co-Author, The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World (2017); Author, The Brain: The Story of You (2017) and Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (2012)

Wilma Koutstaal, PhD

Cognitive Neuroscientist; Professor of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Blogger, Minds-Brains-Environments and Psychology Today; Author, The Agile Mind (2013); Co-Author, Innovating Minds: Rethinking Creativity To Inspire Change (2017)

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)

Todd B. Kashdan, PhD

A World Recognized Authority on curiosity, personality and creativity; Professor of Psychology; Senior Scientist at the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University; Winner of the American Psychological Association's "Distinguished Scientific Award"; Author, "3 Ideas to Prevent Schools from Killing Creativity, Curiosity and Critical Thinking" (2011, Psychology Today), Curious? (2009), and "Facilitating Creativity by Regulating Curiosity" (2002, American Psychological Association)