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NovaNow February 6-7, 2015

NovaNow will be held 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 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!

Featured Conversation Leaders:

RH-profileRuston Hurley  @rushtonh

Rushton Hurley has been a Japanese language teacher, a principal of an online high school, a teacher trainer, an educational technology researcher, and a school reform consultant. Rushton is the founder and executive director of Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at In the 1990s his work with teenagers at a high school in California led him to begin using internet and video technologies to make learning more active, helping him reach students who had struggled under more traditional approaches. Rushton has keynoted at conferences all over the United States and around the world.



UntitledJohn Spencer   @edrethink

John Spencer is a teacher, author, speaker, and incessant doodler. He is the co-author of Wendell the World’s Worst Wizard and the co-founder of Write About. He is passionate about helping students develop into better writers and deeper thinkers. He blogs at




37e2f4409cfaea7f3924968084b9a1e6Melody Arabo   @melodyarabo

Melody Arabo is honored to serve as the 2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year. She has been a third grade teacher at Keith Elementary in the Walled Lake District since 2002 and is currently an Instructional Coach. She is also the author of the children’s book “Diary of a Real Bully.”Melody blogs at


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. Kent Innovation students are an important part of NovaNow. Not only do they help run the conference, but they are active participants in the sessions with the educators.

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.