• Mindfulness and Compassion in Teacher Education – Richard Brown (Naropa University) and Lekshmy Sankar (United Launch Alliance)

This presentation examines methods of mindfulness and compassion used in Naropa University’s Contemplative Education Department’s Teacher Licensure program. Teachers with resilience and self-care skills can sustain themselves in the profession. They can clearly and kindly communicate with students creating a climate of trust and respect. When pre-service teachers learn to listen mindfully and with care, they become more emotionally and intellectually available to provide tailored instruction for their students. Over the last twenty-eight years this contemplative approach has been producing teachers with less stress, greater joy in teaching, and more meaningful classroom learning.

  • The Evolution of Brand YOU for 2020: Strategies for Branding the Inclusive Leader – Arquella Hargrove (Epic Collaborative Advisors), Yvonne Harris (Cap Gemini), Tracey Kearney (Challenger, Gray & Christmas), Nyam Shah (MD Anderson Health Center), and Nicole Coleman (SuperBold)

Your brand, how you present yourself and how others perceive you, is a key component to your career success. Branding yourself is not something that just happens. You must be intentional in designing the image you want to portray. Communicating your brand based on your authentic strengths, inclusive leadership style, talents, and career successes is most effective through measured story-telling and proper use of social media.

  • Do Test-Optional College Admissions Policies Actually Increase Access to College? – Dr. Yoon Choi (CollegeSpring)

This roundtable addresses current debates about how to increase diversity in college admissions. Several high-profile institutions have recently adopted “test-optional” admissions policies, claiming that removing the SAT requirement from their application will allow them to admit a more diverse applicant pool. Others argue that this change will do little to address larger wealth-based inequities in higher education. Participants are invited to weigh the pros and cons of test-optional admissions policies and brainstorm the most effective solutions for creating a truly diverse talent pipeline.

  • Innovations in Educational Technology. Busting Myths. News You Can Use – Sharon Wood (Happy People Games), Edward Metz (U.S. Department of Education), Kimberly Hieftje (Yale University Center for Health & Learning Games), Dave McCool (Muzzy Lane Software), Michael Connell (Native Brain)

Not all educational technology is the same, effective or backed up by evidence. But the ed tech that is based upon sound theories and demonstrates evidence can be powerful learning tools. Although we may think that there is a democratization of learning through cost-efficient apps, those apps are useless if they don’t work and you don’t know how to use them. Meet people who are setting the standards, scrutinizing the results and learn what they’ve learned.

  • Smart Citizenship  Joëlle Dumas, Ecole Claire Fontaine (France)

To raise smart citizens we must, as the fire in the chimney, entertain the curiosity, the exchange, the words, and encourage the social brain to form. We must trust the children’s wisdom and their innate magic. Treat children with dignity and encourage flexibility to nurture hope for our humanity.