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.
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: To be determined
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.