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Save the Date! NovaNow February 5-6, 2016

Submit now to lead a conversation at next year’s NovaNow, February 5-6, 2016.

Would you like to see what PBL looks like in action? Would you like to have deep conversations with education experts from keynote speakers to classroom experts? Would you like to learn with students? NovaNow is for you!

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. NovaNow is a conference where presentations are not given, but rather conversations are led by innovators in learning.

Observe our PBL school in action on Friday morning and then join conversations beginning after lunch and continuing on Saturday. See examples of student products and interact with the students at the student Makerfaire. New for this year will be a PBL tract of conversations designed for a deep dive into implementing PBL into your classroom. NovaNow will also feature a spoken word performance by The Diatribe that you will not want to miss!

NovaNow will be held February 5-6, 2016 at Kent Innovation High in Grand Rapids, Michigan. KIH 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.


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The Diatribe

The Diatribe


The Time to Innovate is Now!

Ever wish that you could chat with the “expert presenter” at a coffee shop instead of watching her PowerPoint in a large auditorium?

Ever wish that professional development involved critical thinking instead of following the latest fads?

Ever wish a conference was small, intimate, vendor-free, conversational, and actually located in a school?

Ever wish students themselves were part of professional development?

Ever wish a conference was the beginning of professional development relationships instead of the climax?

NovaNow is like that!

NovaNow will be a series of conversations about learning WITH students. 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.