KW Thought Leadership to Present at 'Critical Transformations,' the ASCD National Conference

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KnowledgeWorks’ presence at this year’s conference, titled “Critical Transformations,” reflects the ASCD’s desire to provide educators with valuable professional development essential to improving student achievement in their own schools, districts, and communities.

Chad Wick

As a tool for thinking about, preparing for, and shaping the future, the Forecast can help organizations like ASCD and others nimbly respond to future forces and adjust their long-term strategies for success.

KnowledgeWorks CEO Chad Wick and executives from two of its subsidiaries will present sessions informed by KnowledgeWorks’ forecast on emerging trends in learning -- 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning ASCD's 65th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in San Antonio March 6-8.

Wick will joined by Jillian Darwish, Ed.D. executive director of the http://www.kwfdn.org/icc/ Institute for Creative Collaboration , and Monica Martinez, Ph.D., president of the http://www.newtechnetwork.org New Tech Network.

“Our team is pleased to be able to share the Forecast with ASCD’s leadership team and with conference participants,” Wick said. “As a tool for thinking about, preparing for, and shaping the future, the Forecast can help organizations like ASCD and others nimbly respond to future forces and adjust their long-term strategies for success.”

KnowledgeWorks’ presence at this year’s conference, titled “Critical Transformations,” reflects the ASCD’s desire to provide educators with valuable professional development essential to improving student achievement in their own schools, districts, and communities. The three-day conference will feature more than 500 sessions on a variety of topics, including best practices for teaching English language learners, brain-based education, formative assessment, coaching and mentoring, professional learning communities, education advocacy, and worldwide education.

Wick and Darwish will lead a discussion at the ASCD’s Leadership Council Meeting on Friday. They will use the 2020 Forecast’s six main trends, including The Maker Economy, Platforms for Resilience and Amplified Organization, as useful tool for creating new ways to approach solutions in support of ASCD’s goals.

“We are honored to work with the ASCD Leadership Council as they examine the boundaries of their success and add to their significance by focusing on every child having access to education excellence and equity,” Darwish said.

Then, on Saturday, Martinez will incorporate all drivers of the 2020 Forecast into her 90-minute Distinguished Lecture” during the conference. Martinez, former Vice President of Education Strategy at KnowledgeWorks, has been conducting presentations using the Forecast for the past several years, including during KnowledgeWorks’ strategic planning process.

A first for KnowledgeWorks:
Technology and social media will play significant roles at the conference as well. Participants at the Leadership Committee meeting will experience an interactive presentation of the 2020 Forecast with the incorporation of Twitter to fuel active participation within the closed session.

This will be the first time KnowledgeWorks has presented the 2020 Forecast using live micro-blogging tools. Conversations with the participants will also be continued during and after the Conference on the KnowledgeWorks blog: World of Learning and and the Future of Ed blog.

Formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, ASCD is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. It has more than 170,000 members in 136 countries, including superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

Since 2007, Darwish’s ICC has been working with state-level leaders, national partners and international systems-thinking experts to fundamentally re-conceive the system of public education through transformational dialogue.

Martinez, a national expert on high schools, heads the Napa, Calif.-based New Tech Network, which supports the start-up and implementation of innovative high schools marked by project-based learning in a technology rich environment. There are now 40 New Tech High Schools in nine states, and plans call for the rapid expansion of New Tech schools over the next five years. KnowledgeWorks, which develops and implements effective approaches to high school education in the United States, integrated New Tech into its organization in October 2009.

KnowledgeWorks Foundation strives to be the leader in developing and implementing innovative and effective approaches to high school education in the United States. Our work primarily focuses on redesigning urban high schools, developing STEM and Early College high schools, and supporting student-centered approaches to delivering real learning and results in our schools.

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