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Big Ideas Fest Schedule 2018


Thursday | November 29



Registration Opens


4:00PM - 5:30PM

Opening Session: Taking Off the Mask

Ashanti Branch and The Ever Forward Club



5:30PM - 6:15PM

Opening Reception


6:15PM - 7:00PM

Dinner and Evening Program - Welcome

7:00PM - 7:15PM

7:15PM - 8:15PM

Liz Dwyer

Emcee, Managing Editor, Shondaland

Sara Goldrick-Rab

Keynote, Scholar and Equity Activist, Temple University

The New Economics of College

Friday | November 30


7:00AM - 8:30AM



8:30AM - 9:00AM

Morning Mindfulness

Atman Smith, Founder, Holistic Life Foundation


9:00AM - 9:15AM

Welcome to the Action Collab Process

How might we develop inclusive access to high-quality teaching and learning?


9:15AM - 10:45AM

Action Collab Storytelling Panel: Exploring Barriers to Inclusive Access


Tamir Harper, Co-Founder, UrbEd Inc

Barbara lllowsky, Professor of Mathematics & Statistics, DeAnza Community College

Sara Layton, English Language Arts Teacher, Mountain Heights Academy

Kimberly Martin, Principal, Wilson High School

Co-Facilitators - Nicole Tucker Smith, Lessoncast and Lisa Petrides, ISKME

10:45AM - 11:00AM



11:00AM - 12:15PM

Action Collab: Identifying Opportunity

Identify insights and opportunities based on user’s experience


12:15PM - 1:15PM




1:15PM - 2:15PM

Rapid Fire #1


Maya Enista Smith, Executive Director, Born This Way Foundation

Meredith Jacob, Assistant Director,  American University Washington College of Law

Dan McDowell, Director of Instructional Technology, Grossmont Union High School District

Open is a State of Mind: Building Innovation in K-12 Curriculum

2:15PM - 2:30PM

Introduction to Design

The Provocation Arc: An opportunity to use imagination and think differently


2:45PM - 4:15PM

Action Collab: Design

What could it be: Imagine solution possibilities


4:30PM - 5:30PM

Choose from workshop offerings, yoga, etc.



5:30PM - 7:30PM

Reception & Program


Saturday | December 1st


7:00AM - 8:30AM





8:30AM - 9:00AM

Morning Mindfulness

Atman Smith, Founder, Holistic Life Foundation


8:45AM - 9:45AM

Rapid Fire #2


Kiran Waqar, Hawa Adam, Balkisa Abdikadir & Lena Ginawi, Muslim Girls Making Change, Advocates & Poets

Jose Vilson, Executive Director, EduColor

How Educators of Color Are Creating Collective Will and Agency


9:45AM - 10:00AM

Introduction to Prototyping

Build and refine you solutions based on feedback.


10:00AM - 11:15AM

Action Collab: Prototyping

Build to think. Show how it works.


12:00PM - 1:15PM



1:15PM - 2:15PM

Rapid Fire #3


Rosye Cloud, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation for the College Promise Campaign

Stacy Caldwell, Executive Director, Mastery Transcript Consortium

Joshua Block, Teacher, Science Leadership Academy

Art, Inquiry, and Student Voice


2:15PM - 3:00PM

Introduction to Impact

From solution to thinking through what you need to do to move it forward


3:15PM - 4:15PM

Action Collab: Impact

Plan how to test and iterate your big idea in the world.


4:30PM - 6:00PM

Choose from workshop offerings, yoga, etc.





7:00PM - 7:45PM


7:45PM - 8:30PM

Muslim Girls Making Change

Spoken Word Performance

Emcee, Muslim Girls Making Change

Poetry Slam (open mic)


Sunday | December 2nd


7:00AM - 8:30AM





9:00AM - 10:00AM

Gallery Walk of Big Ideas: Share and discuss prototypes and pilot plans





10:00AM - 11:00AM

Keynote (TBD)



11:00AM - 12:00PM

Moving Our Big Ideas Forward: Reflect and connect around next steps





12:00PM - 1:00PM