Rethink Ed

Rethink ED 2019 Agenda

Let’s Reimagine Education

“When students unlock their potential, they unlock their future. Let’s reimagine education to give them the keys.”

—Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, The DeBruce Foundation

Rethink ED invites you to join us and commit a few days to explore, tackle, and collectively address a challenge question with fellow participants. Each participant will join a design-thinking session to tackle their selected challenge. Solutions that are developed will be shared with fellow conference participants, plus communicated out to broader networks.

In addition, discover innovations in education from unlikely sources and connect with leaders in the field.

Challenge Questions

Each attendee will be asked to select from one of the following design challenges to work on during the conference.

1. How might we equip learners with the tools to be effective and active citizens in the future?

2. What would high school be if it were accountable for students’ success after graduation?

3. How can the postsecondary experience be transformed to best prepare students for life?

In addition, discover innovations in education from unlikely sources and connect with leaders in the field.

September 10

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Pre-Conference Experience: Learning Journey – For out-of-town participants only

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Opening Reception, Kaleidoscope

September 11

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Breakfast, Collaboration Cafeteria

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM

Opening Assembly: Featuring the Future of Learning National Survey Results, Dr. Vivienne Ming, and Michelle Sadrena Pledger, Ed.D

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Passing Time

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Part I: Promising Practice Workshops

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Passing Time

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Choose your Own Connect: Fireside chats with Keynotes, Workshop Conversations, and Playground Exploration

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Lunch, Collaboration Cafe

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM

Equity Centered Community Design Introduction, Main Auditorium

1:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Equity Centered Community Design Sessions around challenge questions

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Optional | Screening, SKOOL- A Youth Led Revolution Followed by a Panel Discussion Facilitated by Education Reimagined – doors open at 6:00

Location: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum Auditorium | 4801 Main St, Kansas City, MO 64112


September 12

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast, Collaboration Cafeteria

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Part II Class Time: Promising Practice Workshops

10:15 AM- 10:30 AM

Passing Time

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Part III Class Time: Promising Practice Workshops

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Lunch, Collaboration Cafe

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Afternoon Gathering, Main Auditorium

1:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Exhibition & Celebration

Join the Rethink ED community in sharing the ideas and interventions the community created during the previous day’s session with Creative Reaction Lab. Enjoy treats, check out the playground and share your comments and thoughts with the community.

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers | Dr. Vivienne Ming & Dr. Michelle Sadrena Pledger


Dr. Vivienne Ming


Socos Labs


Dr. Michelle Sadrena Pledger

Co-Director of the Share Your Learning Campaign

Project Co-Director of the Deeper Learning Hub


Robert Litan

Senior Fellow in Economic Studies

The Brookings Institution


Velda McKenzie

Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor

Loving Guidance


Kai Frazier

VR EdTech Founder, Curated x Kai

Board of Directors, Museum Computer Network Entrepreneur In Residence, Kapor Center


Laura Gilchrist

Vice-President ParentCamp

CEO Kid Champions Consulting, LLC


Marcus Strother

Director of Youth Development

Sacramento City Unified School District


Jorge Sierra

Motivational Speaker and Self-Change Advocate

Jorge A. Sierra


Ashley Smith

Assistant Principal

North Kansas City High School


Trace Pickering

Executive Director

Iowa BIG


Scott Bess

Head of School

Purdue Polytechnic High School


Jeff Barratt

Education Entrepreneur In Residence

Kauffman Foundation; SkilledKC


Heather Terenzio

CEO & Founder



Antionette D. Carroll

Founder, President & CEO

Creative Reaction Lab


Annette Lantz-Simmons, M.A.

Executive Director

Center for Conflict Resolution


Brian Brady


Mikva Challenge


Ashley Marie Anderson

Postsecondary Retention Specialist

 Kauffman Scholars


Yolanda Waldon

Postsecondary Retention Specialist

 Kauffman Scholars


William Dowdell

Program Director

Hire KC


Regina Pretekin

Postsecondary Coach, Network for College Success

University of Chicago