EduCon 2.1

EduCon21 Registration is now open for EduCon 2.1, the second annual conference and conversation on education and innovation hosted by Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy in conjunction with The Franklin Institute. We will be convening Jan. 23-25, 2009.

During the conference, educators from around the world will descend upon Philly to teach, to think and to learn how to improve their own practices and inform the larger dialogue on education as well.  Aaron Sorkin wrote, “Decisions are made by those who show up.” It is time to show up.

EduCon is built on the Axioms:

  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.

Aside from the conversations, Friday night will feature a panel discussion where deep thinkers from various non-academic strata investigate the question, “What is the purpose of school?” While the need for a new educational course is clear, the path to that shift is not as obvious. Sunday’s panel will highlight those divergent paths as educational leaders for varying pedagogies engage each other in an attempt to make the case for how we should approach our educational evolution.

EduCon will also feature a pre-conference event on Jan 22nd – “Constructing Modern Math/Science Knowledge” with participants Dr. David Thornburg, Dr. Gary Stager and more.

The stage is set for an amazing conference. No vendors. No sponsors. Simply – ideas, inquiry and pedagogy.

Show up.

Some of the most well-read, most challenging thinkers and doers in the world of technology education school reform will be coming to EduCon. Among those currently scheduled to attend:

  • Will Richardson — Author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Tools for the Classroom
  • Gary Stager — Executive Director of the Constructivist Consortium
  • Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach — Founder of the 21st Century Collaborative
  • David Jakes — Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Glenbrook South High School, Glenview IL
  • Sylvia Martinez — Generation Yes
  • David Bromley — Big Picture Schools
  • And many, many more…

General conference registration is $150 and $100 for School District of Philadelphia employees and includes Friday admittance to SLA’s partner museum The Franklin Institute and The National Constitution Center. Pre-Conference registration is $100.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Lehmann.


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