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Reimagining school: why creativity and innovation matter

This year’s two-part symposium series brings together nationally recognized visionaries to discuss the ways in which schools can and must foster the creativity and innovation essential to our students’ global competence in a changing world.

Created by Golden Apple, National Louis University, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Family Action Network (FAN). Conversations moderated by Alison Cuddy, WBEZ Arts and Culture Reporter.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Trung Le
Nichole Pinkard, Ph. D. 
Chicago Shakespeare’s Courtyard Theater
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Trung Le has an incessant energy and curiosity exploring the intersection of design and learning. Le’s recent collaboration with Bruce Mau resulted in the publication The Third Teacher, an incomplete manifesto on how design can transform the ecology of learning. Launching from the collaboration with Bruce Mau, Le founded The Third Teacher +, an education design consultancy. As the world is pivoting from the industrial model of education to a new landscape of learning, The Third Teacher + believes in curating an authentic engagement with our clients that uncovers and amplifies our human capacity for empathy toward designing this new learning landscape.

Nichole PinkardNichole Pinkard, Ph. D. believes that digitally literate kids – those who can critically consume and produce alternative media – grow up to be better citizens. With a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an M.S. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University, she is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago, and is the founder of Digital Youth Network and RemixLearning. Both organizations focus on developing digital literacies as tools for extending traditional literacies. Dr. Pinkard is also a co-founder of YOUmedia, a public learning  library space that immerses high school students in a context of traditional media – books – where they make and produce new media artifacts such as music, games, videos and virtual worlds. The recipient of a 2010 Common Sense Media Award for Outstanding Commitment to Creativity and Youth, the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies, and an NSF Early CAREER Fellowship, Dr. Pinkard serves on the Boards of Institute of Play and ChicagoAllies.

Monday, January 13, 2014
Dr. Yong Zhao and Linda Keane

Dr. Yong ZhaoDr. Yong Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books.   He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education. His most recent book World Class Learners has won several awards including the Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership (2013).  Dr. Zhao currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. 

Linda KeaneLinda Keane is professor of Architecture and Environmental Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she transforms curiosity into compassionate activism in teaching, practice and non‐profit leadership. Architect partner of STUDIO 1032, she collaborates with diverse communities on ecological urban initiatives along the Milwaukee‐Chicago corridor integrating environmental concerns with cultural, social, economic place making. Co-founder and creative director of the eLearning ‘designopedia’,, Linda blurs the boundaries of learning, work, play and fun presenting dynamic keynotes, webinars, and professional development workshops. Her work is recognized by the American Planning Association (WI Chapter), Art Institute of Chicago, American Institute of Architects, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, American Architectural Foundation, Graham Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts, National Environmental Education Foundation, PBS Chicago, United States Green Building Council and Union of International Architects.

Alison Cuddy is the arts and culture reporter at WBEZ 91.5 FM Chicago Public Radio. Alison’s been with the station since 2001, working as a producer, host and blogger. She was previously host of Eight Forty-Eight and Weekender with Alison Cuddy, a weekly guide to the cultural scene in Chicago and beyond.



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