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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

Scheduling What is Important

Pia Martin, Marcie T. Hull

Classrooms of Tomorrow (the day after today that is)

Rodd Lucier & Zoe Branigan-Pipe
LDCSB & HWDSB


Future Of The Book

Chris Penny, Christine DiPaulo
West Chester University, Chester County Intermediate Unit/CAT Pickering

Story Matters Here

Jon Orech
South High School, Downers Grove, Illinois

Standards-Based Grading in a Project-Based School: Reflections, Challenges, and Successes

Rosalind Echols, Erin Garvey, Brad Latimer, Mark Miles, Sunil Reddy, and students of SLA

Project-based Learning in the Language Classroom

Melanie Manuel, Jillian Gierke

Grassroots Professional Development

Basil Kolani, Karen Blumberg

Departmental PLCs: Using Common Planning Time Effectively

Tim Best, Rosalind Echols, Stephanie Dunda, Gamal Sherif, Matt Van Kouwenberg
Science Leadership Academy

Collaborative Assessment

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