NOVEMBER 4–6, 2019


NOVEMBER 4–6, 2019


Early-Bird Discount Ends September 27

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The time for simply finding new tech tools has passed. At this collaborative conference, you’ll learn from and analyze ideas and models that have evidence of success. But that doesn’t mean every model will work for you. At EdSurge Fusion, you will work with educators across the country to ask the hard questions and walk away with next steps.

EdSurge works every day to tell the stories of what works. At EdSurge Fusion, we’ll bring those stories to light. Hear from educators and researchers sharing research-informed and evidence-based models and practices that work.

Then collaborate with participants to answer:

Ready to find out what’s working?







Leveraging Emotional Intelligence and Culturally Responsive Practices to Help Students Thrive



Dena Simmons is the assistant director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. She has been a leading thinker on issues that include social justice, pedagogy, diversity, education reform, emotional intelligence and bullying. She has spoken at the White House, the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit and the United Nations, and given two TEDx talks and a TED talk on Broadway on how students of color confront imposter syndrome.

Credit Ryan Lash

Creative Approaches to Engage With Students



Jonny Sun is the author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and the New York Times best-selling illustrator of the book Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is currently a writer for the Netflix Original Series “BoJack Horseman” and the screenwriter for “Paper Lanterns” (Chernin and Fox Family). As a doctoral candidate at MIT, an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and a creative researcher at the Harvard metaLAB, he studies social media, virtual place and online community. Jonny's TED Talk "You're not alone in your loneliness."

Kristin Leong, M.Ed., is a producer at KUOW Public Radio, Seattle’s award-winning NPR-affiliate station. She is the founder of, a portrait and storytelling project humanizing the culture gaps in schools, which she created as one of 30 international TED-Ed Innovative Educators of 2016 while she was a middle school humanities teacher. TED’s education blog described her TEDx talk as “riveting” and she once delivered a presentation at Town Hall Seattle entitled “Nightclub Bartending & Middle School Teaching: A Venn Diagram.”

Unlocking Empathy Through Awkward Conversations



Credit Keri Zierler

EdSurge Fusion will focus on what’s working in these areas:

How are educators changing practice to teach to the whole learner?

How are advances in neuroscience and learning sciences helping us better understand the complex needs of our students?

What tools, resources and practices support the successful implementation of social-emotional learning and whole learner tenets?

How are schools and districts evaluating their technology integration based on evidence and research?

How are schools using technology to “redefine” (using the SAMR model) what learning looks like?

How do schools and districts plan for emerging technology?

Are innovations in technology enhancing or lessening opportunity gaps for disadvantaged students?

How can technology provide more equitable access to education?

How can technology create educational alternatives to traditional education for students and communities in need?

The Fusion 2019 call for proposals is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a proposal to present a workshop or lightning talk. Notifications to all submissions will be sent out between July 1st and 10th. Questions? Email

The submissions could not have been reviewed without the support, knowledge and expertise of the Fusion proposal review team! A huge thank-you to:

Dr. Justin Aglio

Director of Academic Achievement and District Innovation

Montour School District, PA

Dr. Cederick L. Ellis, Sr.

Superintendent of Education McComb School District, MS

Barbara Means

Executive Director

 Digital Promise Global

Dr. Rosa Perez-Isiah

Director, Elementary & Instructional Support Services

Norwalk La Miranda USD, CA

Spend your time in purposeful conversation with fellow collaborators but leave with the full context of the conference at your fingertips with our curated playbook. It includes all the takeaways you can handle so you can maximize your experience—focusing on your ideas, not on taking notes. The playbook contains:

Return home with the

Fusion 2019 Playbook

Focus on asking good questions, we’ll give you the resources you need.

  • Working solutions to implement immediately 
  • Takeaways and key insights from each speaker and expert in the field
  • An anthology of actionable ideas

Visit Innovative Bay Area Spaces

See schools and workplaces in context. EdSurge will be organizing optional trips to tech companies and innovative schools to help you ask questions in context.

How are innovative school programs equipping today’s students with skills for tomorrow’s jobs? What do these workplaces teach us about how we will prepare students for the jobs of the future?

More spaces to be announced.


Bring Your Team

Want to bring your team to Fusion? Last year school districts from around the country sent coalitions from their districts to learn at Fusion together.

Some of the benefits of bringing a team:

  • Get dedicated space reserved for your team’s professional development time
  • Make decisions about next steps in the context of what you’re learning
  • Special ticket rates and hotel discounts


Want to get your message in front of education decision makers? Learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Conference Schedule

Full Program Details Coming Soon

8:30 a.m.

Pre-Conference Workshops & Campus Tours

12:00 p.m.

Birds-of-a-Feather Lunch

1:15 p.m.

Opening Keynotes

4:45 p.m.

Office Hours

5:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Nov 4

8:15 a.m.

Morning Keynote

10:00 a.m.

Lightning Round Talks &

World Cafe Sessions

12:45 p.m.

Speed Dating Over Dessert With School and District Leaders

2:00 p.m.

Interactive Workshops

4:30 p.m.

Office Hours

5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception &


Nov 5

8:00 a.m.

Office Hours

8:30 a.m.

Closing Keynote

10:00 a.m.

Reflections & 

Meaningful Next Steps

11:30 a.m.

Closing Lunch & 

Campus Tours

Nov 6


Book Early for Big Savings

Book at the Fusion group rate and take advantage of some big discounts. Fusion attendees can get nearly 50% off on their hotel room. That’s not chump change!

Save up to 50% when you register and book your hotel by July 30


Starting at $269 / night

Snag your room before it’s too late.

Early-Bird Discount Ends September 27

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