Keynotes

Keynotes are the apex of the program each day and showcase leaders extending the frontiers of education. While these hour-long presentations vary in topic and theme, all bring to the stage inspired visionaries committed to the future of teaching and learning.

How the Crowd Will Change Education

Monday, March 9 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Charles Best
Founder, DonorsChoose.org

More than half of U.S. public schools have at least one teacher who has requested classroom resources on DonorsChoose.org. Since 2000, citizen philanthropists and corporate partners have funded nearly a quarter billion dollars in projects for America's neediest classrooms. Learn how the country's most creative teachers are partnering with entrepreneurs to bring innovation to their classrooms, and how DonorsChoose.org is opening its data to change the way education is funded.

Great Instructors: Are They Born or Built?

Tuesday, March 10 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Elizabeth Green
CEO and Co-Founder, Chalkbeat

David Epstein
Investigative Reporter and Author, ProPublica

Many of us have had a great instructor, that one who changed us--ignited a passion for learning or led us from bewilderment to comprehension. That one we still thank in our mind twenty years later. Those teachers just have it. But where did "it" come from? Join two New York Times best selling authors in conversation and debate as they discuss the origins of teaching skill.

If You Build It

Wednesday, March 11 | 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Emily Pilloton
Founder and Executive Director, Project H Design

Design and building can transform lives and communities. In this session, stories, projects and lessons from her organization’s seven-year history will be shared, including public architecture built by high school students, ten-year-old welder girls and partnerships with civic entities that have created jobs and social impact across the country. Using architecture as a lens, this session will lay out a plan and challenge for youth to be leaders and builders of the future.