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The next conference, EduCon 2.4, will be held January 27–29, 2012
Visit EduconPhilly.org to register to attend.

What is Educon?

EduCon is both a conversation and a conference.

And it is not a technology conference. It is an education conference. It is, hopefully, an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas — from the very practical to the big dreams.

The Axioms

Guiding Principles of EduCon

  1. Our schools must be inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering for all members
  2. Our schools must be about co-creating — together with our students — the 21st Century Citizen
  3. Technology must serve pedagogy, not the other way around
  4. Technology must enable students to research, create, communicate and collaborate
  5. Learning can — and must — be networked

Daily Schedules

  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  1. 10:00 – 3:00
    Spend the day at Science Leadership Academy. EduCon attendees have free admission to the Franklin Institute and other local Philadelphia institutions on Friday.
  2. 6:00 – 8:00
    Panel Discussion at the Franklin Institute: Why Does Innovation Matter?—Come to the Franklin Institute to see a group of societal visionaries speak about the role of innovation in our society in a panel discussion moderated by Frederic Bertley of The Franklin Institute
  3. 8:00 – 9:30
    Reception at the Franklin Institute
  1. 8:30 – 9:15
    Registration/Coffee
  2. 9:15 – 9:45
    Keynote: Leroy Nunery, Deputy Superintendent, School District of Phiadelphia
  3. 10:00 – 11:30
    Conversations: Session 1
  4. 11:30 – 12:30
    Cross-Pollination Lunch or Encienda EduCon
  5. 12:30 – 2:00
    Conversations: Session 2
  6. 2:30 – 4:00
    Conversations: Session 3
  7. 4:30 – 6:30
    Making Connections: "Philly Classic" Dinner at SLA
  8. 7:30 – 11:00
    Network at Philadelphia Field House1150 Filbert St
  1. 8:30 – 9:00
    Coffee & Conversations
  2. 9:00 – 10:30
    Panel Discussion @ SLA: Can Schools Support Student Innovation Engage with a panel of education leaders discussing how we can reform our schools to empower students to learn and create in powerful, meaningful ways.
  3. 10:30 – 12:00
    Conversations: Session 4
  4. 12:00 – 12:30
    Cross-Pollination Lunch or Encienda EduCon
  5. 12:30 – 2:00
    Conversations: Session 5
  6. 2:30 – 4:00
    Conversations: Session 6

Scheduled Conversations

Showing 10 random conversations

Share the Joy

Brian C. Smith
Monroe #1 BOCES

Meaningful Student Voice: What happens when student work goes public (and digital)?

Meenoo Rami, Abby Baker, Ted Domers, Chuck Poole & Trey Smith
Franklin Learning Center and Philadelphia Writing Project

Collaborative Assessment

Jennifer Orr, Dr. Jeffrey McClurken
Fairfax County Public Schools, University of Mary Washington

Rubric for School Innovation: Assessing Your 21C School

Lynette Guastaferro, John Clemente
Teaching Matters, Inc.

Project-based Learning in the Language Classroom

Melanie Manuel, Jillian Gierke

21st Century Teacher Learning: Our Teacher Inquiry Group

Ted Domers, Andrea Gray, Peggy Kaplan, Kathryn May, Molly Thacker
Univ of PA, GSE / Philadelphia Writing Project, School District of Philadelphia / Philadelphia Writing Project, Christopher Columbus Charter School / Philadelphia Writing Project, Parkway NW for Peace and Social Justice / Philadelphia Writing Project, The Arts


From Day One: An approach to information literacy across the curriculum

Sean Nash, Melissa Corey
Saint Joseph Missouri Public School District

The Future of Student Inquiry/Research: Environmental Scanning and Scenario Building

Joyce Kasman Valenza, Gwyneth A. Jones, Shannon McClintock Miller
Springfield Township High School, Murray Hill Middle School, Van Meter Community School

The Ethical Obligation to Teach, Learn & Share Globally

Alec Couros, Dean Shareski
Unversity of Regina, Prairie South School Division
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