#NovaNow February 7-8, 2014.

The Time to Innovate is Now

 Tired of getting talked at during “sit and get” professional development? NovaNow is a conference for educators of all kinds to share their best ideas, plans, and dreams about learning. It is also a place where thoughtful questioning and critiques are encouraged. Presentations are not given, but rather conversations are led around learning. NovaNow is a conversational conference based on the model of Educon in Philadelphia.

Livestream of Science Lab Sessions Writing Workshop Erin Klein 

Livestream of Studio 4 The Power of Yes... David Jakes

Some amazing folks leading conversations include:

David  Jakes has spent 27 years in education as a teacher, learner, designer, storyteller, and technologist. Currently David works at Third Teacher+ as a Digital Learning Strategist. He is recognized as a thought leader in the fields of educational technology, physical learning spaces, mobile learning, professional development, and the use and impact of social media in education.




Shelly Blake Plock is CEO of An Estuary. He is the former Blogger-in-Chief of TeachPaperless. A faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Blake-Plock designed and taught the university’s first course on social tech integrated paperless classrooms. As co exec director of the Digital Harbor Foundation, Shelly led marketing and corporate relations campaigns, coordinating STEM partnerships with Battelle and ASU. Shelly also has a background playing traditional Americana music and in performing experimental improvised music.


John Spencer is a teacher in an urban school in Arizona and a blogger at Education Rethink. He has written five books, including: Pencil Me In, an allegory for educational technology; Teaching Unmasked, about the impact paradox; Sages and Lunatics, a memoir and critique on factory education; and A Sustainable Start, a realistic look at the first year of teaching. He has piloted a classroom with a blended one-to-one approach of Chromebooks, Kindle Fires and iPod Touches. He has worked with students in doing community service, painting murals, and filming documentaries.


Check out the rest of the conversations and the conversation leaders. NovaNow will be a series of conversations about learning. Core beliefs include:

  • Learning should be student-centered and inquiry-based.
  • Learning should focus on collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication.
  • Learning is enhanced when meaning is constructed by learners in their community.
  • Technology supports learning, but should not be the focus.
  • Learning should not and cannot be contained in schools and buildings.

NovaNow will be held February 7-8, 2014 at Kent Innovation High in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kent Innovation High is a Project Based Learning school attended by students across Kent County. It is part of the New Tech Network of schools and has been awarded Demonstration Site status as an exemplary model of PBL. 

Participants will tour the PBL school and interact with students on Friday morning. After lunch, conversations will start and continue on Saturday.

Register Today!