Registration & Badge Pick Up

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Welcome Address: The Anatomy of the Whole Learner

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Educating the whole child means educating the heart, hand and head. It’s about putting the learner at the center of all we do in education--and then crafting unique paths to get there, using the best tools and practices we can find.

General Session | Grand Ballroom

Betsy Corcoran

CEO & Co Founder



Opening Keynote: Getting Ready! What’s in Store for Us

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Connecting the dots between science, practice and technology for ALL learners. How do we design educational environments today to accelerate learning and help each and every child thrive?

General Session | Grand Ballroom

Pamela Cantor, M.D

Pamela Cantor, M.D., Founder and Senior Science Advisor Turnaround for Children @DrPamelaCantor @Turnaround

Phyllis Lockett


LEAP Innovations


Ignite Talk: Changing Our Future Definitions of Success

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm

Polarized media, inequity and rising rates of stress are impacting everyone's physical and mental health. How might these challenges shift teaching, learning and, critically, our metrics of learners' success? 

Katie King

Director of Strategic Foresight



General Session | Grand Ballroom

Ignite Talk: Curing Conversations

2:10 pm - 2:20 pm

Too frequently, tradition is cast as the enemy of transformation. How do we change toxic conversations into curative conversations? It begins with meeting people--students, educators and staff--where they are.

Bob Wise


Alliance for Excellent Education


General Session | Grand Ballroom

Karen Cator

President & CEO

Digital Promise


Ignite Talk: Inclusive Innovation 

2:20 pm - 2:30 pm

Encouraging “innovation” in learning and in schools will only have meaningful impact if it is purposefully designed to scale to a richly diverse set of students and learners. Here’s how to start.

General Session | Grand Ballroom

Student Panel: Up Close and Personal

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Let’s hear from students who inspire us. What drives their courage and tenacity to do what they do to be anything but ordinary? It’s time to get up, close and personal. Moderated by: Mary Jo Madda, Contributing Writer, EdSurge

General Session | Grand Ballroom

Ryan Fernandez

Fresno Unified School District

Karen Saucedo

Oxford Day Academy

Chelsea Pascual

Napa Valley Unified School District

Drake Goodman

Tamalpais Union School District

General Session | Grand Ballroom

Keynote Address: Advancing Whole Child Education

Jonathan P. Raymond

President, Stuart Foundation, Former Superintendent of Sacramento USD


3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Stuart Foundation president and former superintendent, Jonathan Raymond, knows what it will take to reimagine public education in America. The first step is a return to the Whole Child values that informed the very idea of public schools when they first opened their doors in the 19th century: educating the head, hands, and heart. In his new book WILDFLOWERS: A School Superintendent’s Challenge to America, Jonathan shares with us how and why we must set aside the endless ideological debates, and unite around Whole Child values for the sake of our children and our country’s future.

Learning Network: An Hour of Story

3:50 pm - 4:50 pm

Great stories inspire and challenge us, speaking the heart. And they teach us, too. Join us for this unique Fusion session that will connect you with peers from around the country through captivating storytelling.

Small Group Work | Grand Ballroom

Welcome Reception: Networking over Food and Refreshments

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Networking. Food. Refreshments.

Networking Time | Atrium


7:30 am - 8:30 am

Come early - get your breakfast and continue the conversations!

Networking Time | Grand Ballroom

Keynote Address:  Why Social Emotional Learning Matters

8:30 am -  9:00 am

Why does social emotional learning matter, and what do district leaders need to know? Social emotional learning (SEL) is one of the most urgent issues facing educators today, and a key component of educational equity. Research shows that teaching critical SEL skills can result in significant improvements in academic performance. Join Akimi Gibson, Vice President and Education Publisher of Sesame Learning, at Sesame Workshop, to learn more about the importance of social emotional learning and how it can impact and improve the lives of students at all ages. Sesame Workshop has been at the forefront of SEL research, with decades of rigorous research backing their mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.

General Session | Grand Ballroom

Akimi Gibson

Vice President and Education Publisher

Sesame Workshop

Photo Courtesy of Sesame Workshop

Educator Panel: Learning Where You Are

9:00 am -  9:30 am

Why educating the whole learner is not the latest fad but a deeper moment for all educators: a perspective from leading educators.

General Session | Grand Ballroom

Melissa Dodd


San Francisco USD


Cederick L. Ellis, Sr., Ph.D.


McComb SD


Dr. Rosa Perez-Isiah


Lucille Smith Elementary School


Dr. Barbara Nemko

County Superintendent


Derek Root


Charlotte Mecklenburg SD



10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The VISION track will frame how school leaders are building their school models to support individual learners through academic and social-emotional pathways.

Track Sessions | Bayside Ballroom

Spotlight and World Cafe Sessions

Dive deeply into Spotlight Talks, World Cafe conversations and Workshops in these sessions.


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The IMPLEMENTATION track will share the mechanics of what it takes to put ideas into practice and support you in creating an effective and feasible implementation plan.

Track Sessions | Salon F

Research & Evidence

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The RESEARCH & EVIDENCE track will explore how learning science informs the work of educators and how to gauge the progress of your plans.

Track Sessions | Junior Ballroom

Birds of a Feather Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Calling all learners! Grab a delicious bento box lunch and join an unfiltered dialogue focused on your area of interest.


1. Equity & Literacy: What Does It Take

2. NGSS: Three-Dimensional Teaching & Learning

3. District-Wide Change Management: Tools for Success

4. Digital Learning Access: Removing Barriers, Making Informed Decisions 

5. High-Impact EdTech: Best practices for maximizing return on edtech investments

6. Augmented Reality: Math Class Gets Real

7. Resources for Transformation: Best practices, guides and frameworks for leading the vision

8. Scaling Effective PD: Professional Learning for Impact

9. Personalized Learning: Preventing Initiative Fatigue

10. Girls in STEM: Engagement + Retention Strategies

11. Social Emotional Learning and the Role it Plays in Personalized Learning 12. Student Agency & Voice: How to Help Students Develop on their Own

13. Professional Development: Integrating Content Effectively

14. Digital Literacy and Student Achievement

15. Using Tech to build confidence, independence and resilience in learners 16. Staff Collaboration: driving student success across platforms, not products

17. The Addiction of Gaming: How to use this power to motivate learning for fundamental skills

18. Professional Development: Building Teacher Capacity with Personalization

19. Transforming College Readiness Through Personalized Learning 20. Scaling Personalized Learning: How to Maintain Consistency

Small Group Work | Salon A


Workshop Sessions | Bayside Ballroom



Workshop Sessions | Salon F


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2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Workshop 2: Translating 21st Century Vision Statements into Day-to-Day Classroom Practice

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshop 1: Vision. Design. Implementation. Creating Future Ready Schools

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshop 1: Get on the Fast Track to Go Digital on Day One of Learning

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Workshop 2: Making Sense of Multiple Measures: A Better Way to Collect, Organize and Analyze Assessment Data


2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Three Keys to Implementing and Sustaining Your Personalized Learning Vision

Research & Evidence

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm


Workshop Sessions | Junior Ballroom

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Workshop 2: Tackle Education Challenges with the Science of Learning

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Workshop 1: Demystifying Evidence-based Decisions

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Speed Dating for Results

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Continue to enjoy your conference experience by sitting down with industry experts. Ask your questions and address your thorniest pain points with them over refreshments.  Ready to meet your potential dates and make your selections.

Networking Time | Salon A


8:00 am - 9:00 am

Come early - get your breakfast and continue the conversations!

Networking Time | Grand Ballroom

Heroic Questions: What Makes Fundamental Change Possible?

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Change will only happen when education leaders and their communities align what they believe about learners with their everyday practices. After decades of experience, Pam and Ira are convinced such alignment is possible--if done intentionally. Bring your most challenging questions of practice and leadership to this provocative session and get unvarnished perspectives and advice from two leading education thinkers. 

General Session | Grand Ballroom

Pam Moran

Former Superintendent. of Albemarle County Public Schools and Co Author, Timeless Learning


Ira Socol

Public School Educational Technology and Innovation Director, Researcher, UDL, SpEd, History, Motivations, Edutopia @irasocol

Takeaways: What We Learned

9:30 am - 10:15 am

The EdSurge Editorial team will share reflections, highlights and takeaways from the Vision, Implementation, and Research & Evidence tracks.

General Session | Grand Ballroom

Closing Keynote:  Moving Forward With the Whole Learner

10:30 am - 11:30 am

We’ve built on research insights from the science of learning and human development. We’ve centered our vision around the whole learner. But the steps that follow must have the same thoughtfulness and rigor that we’ve put into academics. Join Bror and Brooke as they share how applying learning science and human development to education can equip every young person with the knowledge, skills, habits, and agency to thrive in an ever- changing world.

General Session | Grand Ballroom

Bror Saxberg

Vice President, Learning Science Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard


Chan Zuckerberg Initiative @StaffordBrizard

Fusion Conference Wrap up!

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Don’t miss a rocking conclusion.

General Session | Grand Ballroom