Upcoming Events

Game Changer Series: Mike Flanagan, D'Andre Weaver & Kedra Ishop

The circumstances of the past two years have exposed significant challenges associated with our industrial-era education systems. Parents, educators and policymakers now recognize that “seat time,” the basic construct undergirding conventional schooling, has outlived its usefulness. Instructional approaches such as mastery learning, which enable learners to develop skills and competencies at different rates, have shown enormous potential to generate more equitable learning outcomes and equip students for 21st century jobs. In this conversation, MTC’s CEO Mike Flanagan and two MTC board members — USC’s Kedra Ishop along with D’Andre Weaver of Digital Promise — will describe how mastery learning is a powerful strategy driving K–12 school transformation and how MTC’s Mastery Transcript is helping to break new ground in college admissions practices.

Previous Events

Most Likely To Succeed: The Film That Launched Ten Thousand Screenings

A decade ago, Ted Dintersmith and filmmaker Greg Whiteley had an initial conversation about working together on a film about education. Well, one thing led to another. After premiering at Sundance, Most Likely To Succeed went on to be screened by some 10,000 school communities around the globe. This special evening will feature the film’s now-much-older student stars Brian and Samantha, two of their HTH teachers, and others with distinctive perspectives on MLTS and its impact. This will be a most memorable evening!

Greg Whiteley (Director)
Ted Dintersmith (Producer)
Samantha Fiallo (MLTS Student Star)
Brian Cesson (MLTS Student Star)
Tony Wagner (Best-selling Author & Senior Research Fellow, Learning Policy Institute)
Brian Delgado (Teacher – High Tech High)
Mike Strong (Teacher – High Tech High)
Josh Reppun (Producer and Co-Director: The Innovation Playlist)
Deidre Roemer (Director of Leadership and Learning – West Allis-West Milwaukee School District)

Game Changer Series: A conversation with Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski (co-authors of When You Wonder, You’re Learning)

Pittsburgh has spawned two major contributions to educating our youth — Mr. Rogers and Remake Learning. During this session, we’ll meet Remake Learning’s founder, Gregg Behr, and co-author Ryan Rydzewski of their just-released new book about Mr. Rogers — When You Wonder, You’re Learning. You’ll be flooded by childhood memories, and marvel at how the values of Fred Rogers pointed us to such an inspiring vision of education.

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Stephanie Malia Krauss (author of Making It: What Today's Kids Need for Tomorrow's World)

Stephanie Malia Krauss is an expert in what’s essential to prepare children for a future none of us can predict. In this conversation with Ted Dintersmith, Stephanie will share with her the many insights she’s gained throughout her career, and her new book Making It: What Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World.

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Linda Darling-Hammond (founder and CEO of Learning Policy Institute)

Linda Darling-Hammond is towering figure in the world of education policy and practice. During this wide-ranging conversation, we’ll gain insights from an inspiring expert and leader on topics vital to the future of our schools, our children, and our democracy.

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine (authors of In Search of Deeper Learning)

Bringing both research and practitioner expertise, Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine will share with us their perspectives on deeper learning, innovation, and the future of American education. During our conversation, we’ll learn about their exploration of 30 innovative high schools that are the focus of their book In Search of Deeper Learning.

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Pasi Sahlberg

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Pasi Sahlberg (author of Finnish Lessons 3.0)

When looking for inspiring examples of national education transformation, all eyes are on Finland, and who better to give us a phenomenal perspective on the keys to success than Pasi Sahlberg. In this conversation, we’ll learn so much about policy, practice, transformation at scale, and the teaching profession.

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Carlos Moreno (Executive Director of Big Picture Learning)

Our conversation with the inspiring education leader Carlos Moreno will bring us remarkable insights from a career fighting so effectively for better futures for America’s youth. We’ll learn about the many successful innovations of Big Picture Learning schools, and gain insights from his perspective on education, equity, and opportunity.
Game Changer Series: Leadership Circle

Game Changer Series: Leadership Circle - A roundtable discussion

Perspectives on leadership strategies from six dynamic classroom teachers, principals, and superintendents. We’ll gain perspective on how to turn the challenges of the past year into a springboard for effecting confidence-building transformation. And we’ll delve into effective strategies of leaders in different organization roles.

Change Maker Series: A Conversation with Tony Wagner (author of Learning By Heart)

While our conversation will touch on the vast body of work of Tony Wagner, one of our nation’s most important and influential thought leaders, we’ll spend most of our time exploring his stunning memoir Learning By Heart. He has so much to say about the role of passion and purpose in education — including how we lost it, and what we can do to restore it.

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Dr. Darryl Adams

Change Maker Series: A Conversation with Dr. Darryl Adams (Education Leader, Social Justice and Equity Advocate)

Dr. Darryl Adams has been a transformational education leader throughout his career, recognized by the Obama White House for his outstanding contributions. During this conversation, we’ll explore issues of equity, social justice, the appropriate role of technology, and how to energize and mobilize your community and your school board to support bold innovations. Fasten your seatbelt for this fascinating discussion.

Game Changer Series: Beyond The Pandemic - How Public Schools Can Move Past COVID Gloom and Begin to Chart a Better Course

As challenging as remote education and masked-up teaching and learning have been, the sheer scale and intensity of practice redesign that has taken place since March 2020 should make all of us rethink what’s possible in education reform. The question now is: how can the field most productively build on what we just learned was possible?

Join us as we tackle this question and more with an incredible panel of guests including: Andy Calkins (Co-Director, Next Generation Learning Challenges), Dr. Don Haddad (Superintendent – St. Vrain Valley School District), Pam Betten (Chief Academic Officer, Sunnyside Unified School District, Tucson AZ), Chad Frade (Assistant Principal at The Urban Assembly Maker Academy), and Stephen Roberts (Assistant Principal, UA Maker)

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Kapono Ciotti (Executive Director of What School Could Be)

We are beyond thrilled to announce that Kapono Ciotti has joined What School Could Be as our new, and very dynamic, Executive Director. In this conversation, we’ll learn about this remarkable educator, the experiences that shaped his world view, and his plans for taking the What School Could Be initiative forward in ways that support innovative educators all around the globe.

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Kate Robinson and Anthony Dunn (founders of the Imagine If... Initiative)

Join us for what promises to be a fascinating conversation with Kate Robinson and Anthony Dunn, founders of the Imagine If movement, which is sparking thousands of people around the globe to imagine a different, and better, world and take actions to make this world a reality.

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Ken Kay & Suzie Boss (co-authors of Redefining Student Success)

Experts in the power of community’s embracing a Portrait of a Graduate as their education North Star, Ken and Suzie will share with us the many lessons they’ve learned over through their distinguished careers, and highlight what we will find in their eagerly-anticipated new book Redefining Student Success: Building a New Vision to Transform Leading, Teaching and Learning.

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Jennifer D. Klein (author of The Global Education Guidebook)

As a former head of school with extensive international experience, Jennifer facilitates dynamic, interactive workshops for teachers, leaders and students, working to amplify student voice, to provide the tools for high-quality project-based learning in all cultural and socio-economic contexts, and to shift school culture to support such practices.

Game Changer Series: Navigating The Pandemic - A Courageous Conversation about COVID

In the midst of a global challenge, finding support, seeking solutions, and sharing our truths can be quite powerful. Bring your own thoughts, wonderings and strategies for what we are sure will be a deep and uplifting discussion with an amazing panel of educators: Mari Jones (High Tech High Graduate School of Education), Dr. Amber Strong Makaiau (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education) and Andrew Ho (Harvard Graduate School of Education).

Game Changer Series: Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Yong Zhao (Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education at the University of Kansas)

Author, professor, and education thought leader, Yong Zhao joins KAPONO CIOTTI and Tony Wagner for a Game Changer conversation that is certain to inspire. Zhao, author of 30 books, including Teaching Students to Become Self-Determined Learners, and What Works May Hurt: Side Effect of Education, will challenge us to think about education differently, connect globally, and make changes to our practice. Please join us for what promises to be a seminal conversation about What School COULD Be!

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Gregory Stock (author of The Book of Questions)

The phenomenon returns! Originally published in 1987, The Book of Questions, a New York Times bestseller, has been completely revised and updated to incorporate the myriad cultural shifts and hot-button issues of the past twenty-five years, making it current and even more appealing. Join us for a Game changer conversation with Gregory Stock where we’ll dive into the effects of the book in education as well as the studies that have been done showing how well it supports rapport and engagement through human connection. Hosted by Kapono Ciotti and Susannah Johnson!

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Ian Kitajima (Director of Corporate Development, Technology Sherpa, Oceanit)

Join us for a Game Changer Series conversation with Ian Kitajima (Director of Corporate Development, Technology Sherpa, Oceanit)! Ian Kitajima is the Director of Corporate Development, and is best known as the “Technology Sherpa” at Oceanit – a “Mind to Market” innovation lab of 160 scientists, engineers, technologists, designers, and dreamers conducting advance technology development research for government and private clients worldwide.

Game Changer Series: A Conversation with Justin Reich, Aimee Corrigan & Angela Daniel

Join us for what promises to be a great conversation with Justin Reich, Aimee Corrigan and Angela Daniel, the team behind the new documentary film, We Have to Do Something Different, which visits classrooms across the country to see what equitable teaching looks like. The film highlights practices for engaging and connecting with students that teachers can try in their classrooms right away.

Most Likely To Succeed Seventh Anniversary Celebration: Watch Parties

Join us as we celebrate the Seventh Anniversary of Most Likely to Succeed, the movie that started the movement and led us to What School Could Be! 

We’ll be hosting two watch parties on January 25th, one at 6PM ET and one at 6PM PT!  Both watch parties will include a special introduction from Ted Dintersmith.

Game Changer Series: Students as Storytellers - A Conversation about Story Xperiential with Pixar

You won’t want to miss this upcoming Game Changer conversation with X in a Box CEO and former Pixar executive Elyse Klaidman, educator Jorge Flores, and student Matteo Aldon. We’ll be focusing on the remarkable Xperiential program, a nine-week course taking participants behind the scenes of Pixar, and helping students become remarkable story-tellers. The Spring session begins in March, and many of your students and educators will want to dive in.

This Game Changer session will be hosted by Ted Dintersmith and — adding great perspective to the conversation — Keri Putnam, who was the transformational leader of the Sundance Institute for eleven years.