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 Keynote Speakers

Saturday, 4/28 Keynote Speaker

Even When It’s Difficult

Jeff Monday

The future is now. Technology is pervasive. We know our pedagogy and teaching practices must change to help prepare future generations for the world of tomorrow. Then how come it hasn’t happened everywhere? What’s missing? A Design39Campus parent details his journey into the pedagogy of tomorrow and what’s needed for both parents and teachers to take the next step.

Jeff Monday is a Design39Campus Father. Husband. Student. Teacher. Innovator.

Friday, 4/27 Keynote Speaker

Moving the Rock of K-12 Education

Grant Lichtman

K-12 education is facing four existential questions: Why change; what will those changes look like; how do we get there; and how will we intersect a very different future?  In his new book, Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education, long-time Poway resident Grant Lichtman has found that many forward-leaning schools have moved past the seemingly endless arguments over “why” and “what”, and are pioneering real transformation.  Most importantly, they are doing so without waiting for permission from the forces that have created systemic inertia in our schools for decades.  The San Diego region has become an exemplar in how schools and districts all over the country are developing deeper learning experiences for their students.  While that progress has been dramatic, it is highly likely that the next two decades will demand a level of change in our school systems that few, if any, are contemplating today.

Grant Lichtman is an internationally recognized thought leader in the drive to transform K-12 education.  Based on two decades of work as a senior administrator, teacher, and trustee in K-12 education, he speaks, writes, and works with school and community teams to build capacity and comfort with innovation in response to a rapidly changing world. He shares his numerous articles, speeches, and resources at, and is the author of three books: Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education#EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education, and The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School. Grant received his BS and MS in geology from Stanford University.  He and his wife, Julie, live in Poway, California

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.