Speakers and Sessions


UPDATE: Due to high demand, anyone who registers now will view the keynotes via satellite feed in the overflow room. Please call with questions. 781-449-4010 x101.

 

 

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

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD

Fahmy and Donna Attallah Professor of Humanistic Psychology; Professor of Education, Psychology, and Neuroscience, who pioneered novel approaches to the study of child and adolescent social-emotional and brain development; Founding Director, USC Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning, and Education (CANDLE), University of Southern California; Author, Emotions, Learning & the Brain (2015); Co-Author, "Diverse Adolescent Transcendent Thinking Predicts Young Adult Psychosocial Outcomes Via Brain Network Development" (2024, Scientific Reports), “The Brain Basis for Social-Emotional Learning Also Supports Academic Learning” (2021, UNESCO), and “The Brain Basis for Integrated Social, Emotional, and Academic Development” (2018, Aspen Institute)

Todd B. Kashdan, PhD

Professor of Psychology, George Mason University; Director, Well-Being Laboratory; Author, The Art of Insubordination (2022) and The Upside of Your Darkside (2017); Co-Author, “Understanding Psychological Flexibility: A Multimethod Exploration of Pursuing Valued Goals Despite the Presence of Distress” (2020, Psychological Assessment) and “Meaning in Life Buffers the Impact of Experiential Avoidance on Anxiety” (2020, Contextual Behavioral Science)

The Science of Innovation: How Our Brains Create & Innovate

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

David M. Eagleman, PhD

"You're Doing It Wrong" - What We Know and What We Miss About Creativity and Innovation

Larry Robertson, MBA

A Scientific Framework of Curiosity and Agility

Todd B. Kashdan, PhD

Professor of Psychology, George Mason University; Director, Well-Being Laboratory; Author, The Art of Insubordination (2022) and The Upside of Your Darkside (2017); Co-Author, “Understanding Psychological Flexibility: A Multimethod Exploration of Pursuing Valued Goals Despite the Presence of Distress” (2020, Psychological Assessment) and “Meaning in Life Buffers the Impact of Experiential Avoidance on Anxiety” (2020, Contextual Behavioral Science)

Jump-Starting Our Innovating Mind

Wilma Koutstaal, PhD

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

KH Kim, PhD

The Neuroscience of Creativity: From Bird Brains to Human Genius    More Info

Robert M. Bilder, PhD, ABPP-CN

The Science of Creativity Through the Lens of Divergent Thinking    More Info

Rex E. Jung, PhD

The Science of Imagination: How Daydreaming Improves Learning

The Wandering Brain: Daydreaming, Creativity, and Cognitive Flexibility    More Info

Kieran C. R. Fox, PhD

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

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD

Fahmy and Donna Attallah Professor of Humanistic Psychology; Professor of Education, Psychology, and Neuroscience, who pioneered novel approaches to the study of child and adolescent social-emotional and brain development; Founding Director, USC Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning, and Education (CANDLE), University of Southern California; Author, Emotions, Learning & the Brain (2015); Co-Author, "Diverse Adolescent Transcendent Thinking Predicts Young Adult Psychosocial Outcomes Via Brain Network Development" (2024, Scientific Reports), “The Brain Basis for Social-Emotional Learning Also Supports Academic Learning” (2021, UNESCO), and “The Brain Basis for Integrated Social, Emotional, and Academic Development” (2018, Aspen Institute)

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

Rex E. Jung, PhD

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

Jonathan W. Schooler, PhD

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

Emily A. Diehl, BA

Education Consultant, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt; Director of School Partnerships, Revolution Prep; Director, K-12 Professional Learning and Curriculum Design, Mindset Works; Author, “Growth Mindsets for Learning: Effective Effort” (2017, Optimizing Learning Outcomes)

Memory Activation During Learning and (Mental) Rest Promotes Reasoning

Alison R. Preston, PhD

Being Creative is a Choice

Daniel L. Schwartz, PhD

Empowering Students to LAUNCH Their Ideas    More Info

A.J. Juliani, MSEd

Founder, Adaptable Learning; Director, Learning and Innovation; Instructor, UPenn Graduate School of Education; Author, Adaptable: How to Create an Adaptable Curriculum and Flexible Learning Experiences That Work in Any Environment (2021), Learning by Choice (2015), and Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom (2014); Co-Author, Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning (2017)

The Innovator's Mindset: Teaching to Create, Innovate, & Invent

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

George Couros, MEd

Innovation is Not Brain Surgery: Demystifying the Creative Process

Tina Seelig, PhD

So, What is Design Thinking and Why is it Valuable?

Sandy Speicher, MA, BFA

Creativity and Improvisation in the Classroom    More Info

Katherine S. McKnight, PhD

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

Don Wettrick, BS

Building the Habitudes of Creativity for All Learners

Angela Maiers, MA

The Creator's Code – How Six Essential Skills Empower the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

Amy Wilkinson, MBA

Cultivating a Culture of Innovation    More Info

Brad Gustafson, EdD

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

Charles K. Fadel, MBA

Creative Mindsets and Approaches: Learning from Successful, Creative Teachers

Danah Henriksen, PhD

The Neuroscience of Creativity and Its Enhancement

Allan L. Reiss, MD

Design Thinking: Fostering Creativity Through Practical Play

Coeylen (Co) Barry, MA

Design Thinking, Improvisation, & the Innovative Mindset

The Storyteller's Mind: Teaching the Power of Stories & Literacy

The Creative, Storytelling Animal    More Info

Jonathan A. Gottschall, PhD

Your Brain on Story: Using the Science of Stories to    More Info

Kendall Haven, PhD

Your Memory and Your Senses are But the Nourishment of Your Creative (and Literary) Impulse

Kenneth S. Kosik, MD

The Human "Brain System": Learning, Technology, and Surviving in the 21st Century

James Paul Gee, PhD

Digital Media, Visual Literacies, and Storytelling for Critical Thinking    More Info

Amy Burvall, BA, FRSA

Visible Learning in Literacy    More Info

Douglas B. Fisher, PhD

Chair, Department of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University; Classroom Teacher, Health Sciences High and Middle College; Co-Author, Confronting the Crisis of Engagement: Creating Focus and Resilience for Students, Staff, and Communities (2022), The Social-Emotional Learning Playbook (2022), The Restorative Practices Playbook: Tools for Transforming Discipline in Schools (2022), and Removing Labels: 40 Techniques to Disrupt Negative Expectations About Students and Schools (2021)

Dyslexia, Learning Differences, and Innovation

Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD

When (and Why) Children are More Creative than Adults    More Info

Alison M. Gopnik, DPhil

Thinking Minds: Teaching Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Revitalize Critical and Innovative Thinking: Student Engagement Using Thinking Routines

Kathy Perez, EdD

Growth Mindsets and Literacy Success

Katherine S. McKnight, PhD

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

Karen Hypolite, PhD

Teaching Mindset Mathematics Through Open, Creative Math and Brain Science

Jo Boaler, PhD

Inspired Minds: Leading Innovation in Schools & Technology

Courageous Edventures: Discover Classroom Innovation

Jennie Magiera, MS

The Wonder Wall: Leading Creative Schools in a Complex Age

Peter Gamwell, PhD

STEAM Makers: Fostering Creativity and Innovation in the Elementary Classroom    More Info

Jacie Maslyk, EdD

Moving the Rock: An Audacious Roadmap for Tackling the Big Challenges of Education Transformation    More Info

Grant Lichtman, MS

Renegade Leadership: Creating Innovative Schools for the Digital Age    More Info

Brad Gustafson, EdD

Capturing the Spark: Learning From Inspired Teachers and Thriving Schools

David B. Cohen, MA, NBCT

Intentional Innovation: Empowering Students with Choice and Technology    More Info

A.J. Juliani, MSEd

Founder, Adaptable Learning; Director, Learning and Innovation; Instructor, UPenn Graduate School of Education; Author, Adaptable: How to Create an Adaptable Curriculum and Flexible Learning Experiences That Work in Any Environment (2021), Learning by Choice (2015), and Inquiry and Innovation in the Classroom (2014); Co-Author, Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning (2017)