The First NISCE Conference on Student-Centered Education
Friday, April 5, 2013 • Boston, MA
Hilton Boston (Logan Airport)
Student-centered education is both broad and deep in theory and in practice. From the many challenges of teaching students as individuals, to the neurological milestones of human development, from the politics of vouchers to the challenges of the Common Core, student-centered education is complicated, multifaceted, highly effective and not always easy to achieve—especially on a large scale.
INSPIRE 2013 will offer fresh perspectives on the how and why of student-centered learning—a mix of practical advice from those on the front lines along with exciting insights from leading experts. The one-day conference brings together an engaging line-up of passionate presenters and panelists, as well as unique opportunities for attendees to participate in sessions with colleagues and make new connections. (See the preliminary conference agenda here.)
Conference highlights will include a keynote presentation by Todd Rose, a member of the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches a course on educational neuroscience and co-chairs Harvard’s Institute for Mind, Brain and Education; a special presentation by the extraordinary slam poet and teacher advocate Taylor Mali; a diverse selection of hands-on workshops, panels, talks and discussions; an exhibitor hallway featuring products and services designed to enhance learning; and an afternoon session of ten exciting five-minute Ignite presentations where anything can happen. The day ends with a cocktail reception and a chance to socialize with other conference attendees.
Educational professional conferences can sometimes be like echo chambers—focused on the professional development of a single, like-minded group. INSPIRE 2013 will challenge you to think differently and to discover ideas outside your field from people who may have very different points of view.
INSPIRE 2013 has been designed to educate, challenge and inspire those working across the PK-12 learning and education spectrum in areas as diverse as child development, research, psychology, teaching, policy and leadership and special education. We especially welcome attendees who work in and for schools—independent, public, charter and religious—as well as parents concerned about education.
Explore a diverse collection of student-centered approaches to learning. Hear from leaders in neuroscience and technology as well as from students and parents. Be amazed by what’s actually happening in classrooms across the country and get a firsthand look at the challenges to student-centered practice that schools, districts, states and policymakers face every day. (Conference agenda here.)
And don’t just listen—connect. INSPIRE 2013 includes opportunities for networking and exchanging ideas with other attendees.
- Exposure to the latest thinking on student-centered learning
- Insights into what researchers are now discovering about learning
- Strategies for turning research into practice
- Ideas for advocating effective student-centered change
- Techniques that meet the needs of different kinds of learners
- Resources for increasing student success
- Recommendations for curricula and technology that engage a wide range of students
- Continuing education credits
- New professional connections
- And stories, cases and examples of student-centered education that will inspire you!
INSPIRE 2013 is a unique opportunity to showcase education-related products and services to a highly engaged audience. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, see sponsorship information, or exhibitor information or please email Conference Director Alyssa Kierkegaard for more information.
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Welcome To Boston
Plan to spend the weekend and enjoy what Boston has to offer. Stay tuned for details on travel and staying in the Boston area.