Registration is LIVE! – 4th Annual FutureNOW! Conference

4th Annual FutureNOW! Conference


Friday, April 27th – Saturday, April 28th, 2018


2-Day Full Conference: Friday, 4/27 – Saturday, 4/28 –

FutureNOW! Conference: Saturday, 4/28 –

Experience39 Pre-Conference Workshop: Friday, 4/27 –

The FutureNOW! Conference brings together educators and school partners who are reimagining learning experiences in their classrooms, schools, and districts. The goal of the conference is to experience these innovations first-hand with active practitioners. Participants engage in a variety of professional learning and collaborative networking opportunities and we encourage every participant to share, connect, and collaborate with attendees and presenters.

The Fourth Annual FutureNOW! Conference is on Saturday, April 28th, 2018.  Pre-Conference Workshop learning opportunities will be on Friday, April 27th.

2018 Call for Presenters

4th Annual FutureNOW! Conference: Call for Presenters Application

Most of us understand the “why” behind changing the way we do school…now it’s time to take action! We are looking for people who can help us imagine “how” this looks in practice. Come share your tools, strategies and ideas for transforming education.

Deep Dives (90 minutes) – Help participants dive deeply into one topic or idea for a longer period of time. Plan for a healthy balance of presenting, participant collaboration and doing. Participants should leave with a deep understanding of a topic and an action plan for implementation. Deep Dive sessions will occur before lunch.

Explorations (45 minutes) – In this shorter micro-experience, participants will be able to walk out the door with a take-away that can make a difference tomorrow in their own classroom. This session should be highly active and hands-on. All Exploration sessions will be scheduled immediately after lunch.

Rapid Fire Project Share Out (5 minutes) – Are you excited about a project you and your students have completed? Come share out yours and gather tons of ideas from other teachers during the Rapid Fire Project Share Out. Plan to bring a sample of student work, slides with photos to share or simply tell the story of your project. Project Share Out presenters will be gathered together during our Exploration sessions after lunch.

Presenter Applications are DUE January 31st. CLICK HERE

Reflection on FutureNOW! Conference by @LauraSugano

By: Laura Sugano, ed tech teacher on special assignment (TOSA), San Marcos Unified School District

Teachers are incredibly dedicated, hard-working individuals. We work long hours, and are willing to go the extra mile, or, on occasion, the extra 10K or marathon, to help our students. Regardless of our level of commitment, however, we all need to jump start our attitude at times. As the school year begins to wind to a close, our personal growth mindset may occasionally falter. The FutureNow! Conference, held at the Design39Campus in San Diego, turned out to be the perfect place to become refreshed, re-inspired, and recommitted to the future of our young people.

Since there were more than 30 breakout sessions in addition to the inspiring keynote by Jaime Casap, Google’s Global Education Evangelist, no two attendees had the same experience. Nonetheless, some strong common threads bound all the sessions together. Specifically, all of us came away with the realization that the best way to help our students succeed is to understand the fundamental changes happening in the world of work. It’s utterly unrealistic to prepare our students for today’s careers, jobs that may literally not exist when these students join the workforce. To roll with the changes, we need to shift our focus. As Jaime Casap stated, no longer should we ask students what they “want to be” when they grow up. Instead, we should ponder what problems they want to solve, and what skills they need to solve those problems. And who says they have to be “grown up” to start solving them?

The best session of the day for me was one that clearly demonstrated the results of this type of shift in education. Four amazing young ladies, students at High Tech High, led a session about building empathy for Syrian refugees in the classroom. These students identified a problem, the painful plight of refugees forced to leave their homes, and decided to use their skills to try to solve it. They researched, volunteered, and produced incredibly impactful artifacts like this image created by one of the students, Baylee. After viewing their collection of images, videos, poetry, and articles, I came to two conclusions. Through their work, I developed a strong empathy for Syrian refugees and their horrific situation. Further, I realized, these four students were not experiencing traditional education. Their classrooms were innovative and motivating. It was breathtaking to see what adults of the future could accomplish if students are allowed to embrace their strengths, interests, and values, rather than feeling trapped and bored in a classroom model designed decades ago. Thank you very much, FutureNow!, for an absolutely inspiring experience.

Storify – 3rd Annual FutureNOW! Conference

3rd Annual FutureNOW! Conference Storify

And that’s a wrap! It was an energizing 3 days of connecting and learning at the 3rd Annual FutureNOW! Conference. We were trending in the top 5 on Twitter Hashtags. Thank you to all the presenters, sponsors, and organizers for sharing their time, expertise, and passion for learning! See everyone next year!

Check out all the great tweets from the conference this past week on Storify. Shout out to Joe Kemery for moderating #FutureNowEDU.