Preview of Sessions

Check out some of the sessions that will be offered at the 2018 FutureNOW! Conference on 4/28/18. There will be more than 30+ sessions on Saturday, 4/29, covering topics in Design Thinking, PBL, STEAM, MakerEd, EdTech, Entrepreneurship, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Personalization, and other modern day pedagogical practices. Continue to visit this page for more updated sessions and look out for the official program guide in April!

Designing the Extraordinary School Experience

Laura Spencer, Sarah Raskin and Paula Intravaia, Del Mar Union School District

Design Thinking isn’t just for UX Designers, Kindergarteners can do it too. In Del Mar Union, our mission to ignite genius and empower students to advance the world through extraordinary school experiences is resulting in a radical transformation of classroom learning. In this session, we will take you through the journey that led us to District Design 2022, our bold new plan to transform learning for all students. Learn the WHY, the HOW, and the WHAT, to revolutionize the traditional school experience to better prepare today’s students. Pinpoint the systems, structures, and beliefs that shape the current educational landscape. See how Design Thinking empowers students of all ages to be thinkers and change-agents. Leave with strategies for building a culture of innovation and examples of Design Thinking in the classroom to help you on your transformational journey.

Project-Based Learning Made Easy with HyperDocs

Joe Kemery and Tina Schipke, Santee School District

In this fast paced sessions, participants will learn how to improve their digital pedagogy by creating powerful learning tools that foster inquiry-based exploration of content. Session will begin with an overview of project-based design and implementation. We will then move our focus on how to use G Suite apps in combination for both delivery of content and increasing independent workflow. Emphasis will be on how to package a variety of content and activities to maximize student engagement.

Social and Emotional Learning: The Missing Keys to Elevating Humanity

Christina Adamson and Michelle Jeanette, Design39Campus, Poway Unified School District

We will explore the value of having a strong social and emotional growth component in creating students who can navigate many situations deftly, in order to elevate humanity. We will look at what skills and qualities children need to have in order to be successful in the multiple ecosystems that they will encounter. How do we create responsibility, perseverance and many other dispositional skills so that kids can navigate the world independently and collaboratively? These dispositions create the keys kids need to be successful in school and life going forward.


Juli Mori, Design39Campus, Poway Unified School District

There is a reason why so many schools, teachers and students are excited about STEAM! STEAM activities help learning to be more fun, engaging and provide students with opportunities to use content knowledge and skills in ways that are practical and applicable to the real world. In this session, you will take away ideas and resources to use right away! The value of STEAM is great when considering the kinds of jobs our future workforce will need and given the importance of creativity. Those who recognize and are flexible enough to understand a world where change is the only constant will define life success. STEAM projects can ensure these types of skills get top billing. We don’t need every child to grow up to become a scientist, engineer, or designer, but we need every one to grow up knowing how to think like one. With STEAM, we can ensure that students are ready for the many challenges they will face, and to create a world where being a critical thinker, collaborator, problem solver and excited about learning is a priority!

Super Easy STEAM in a ‘BOX’ for Elementary Schools

Marla Rosenthal, Discovery Elementary, San Marcos Unified School District

Come learn how we started a school-wide Makerspace program with some simple STEAM activities! Participants will have the opportunity to engage in some of the STEAM activities from the ‘BOX’, giving them first hand experience with the presentation and projects. Participants will receive information and set-ups for several easy and simple Makerspace activities that they can quickly incorporate into their TK-5 elementary classrooms. These activities can be tied directly to other curriculum standards such reading, writing and math in the classroom. Participants will learn how to find and set up additional activities in the same style. Participants will receive journal/writing tools for students to use while taking part in a Makerspace activity. Participants will receive generic a Makerspace donation letter that can be used to gather supplies from families and other sources at little to no cost to help build up their resources.

Teaching Coding in the K12 Classroom

Matthew Evans, University of San Diego and Cal State San Marcos University

The session presentation provides educators with exciting ways to introduce computer coding to K-12 students. Educators will discover multiple resources on how to introduce computer coding to students in specific grade levels to encourage the learning of coding. Educators will learn how to integrate 21st Century digital skills to facilitate student learning, skill acquisition, and motivation through the teaching of coding with students all the while aligned with Common Core Standards. The resources shared include introducing Kinder to coding all the way to students learning a specific coding language. Educators are highly encouraged to bring their own devices as we will work with up to three of the recommended resources.

Transforming Teaching and Learning

Leighangela Brady, National School District & Lis Johnson, Author and Former Santee Superintendent

Subtle, yet exciting, shifts are beginning to occur in today’s classrooms. In this session, we will explore these shifts, and the specific behaviors teachers engage in to break free from traditional instructional methods. Explore firsthand what engages students, and leave with a clear plan for your classroom, school, or District.