Saturday, October 19, 2013 New Milford NJ

Keynote - George Couros

George Couros is currently Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division located in Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada. The schools are from ages K-12, and he loves working with kids of all ages. He is passionate about distributed leadership within his division, and believes that creating a collaborative environment with all stakeholders will help to ensure that educators meet the best needs of all children. You can learn more about George on his own blog entitled "The Principal of Change". George is also the creator of the "Connected Principals" site because he knew that we can learn so much from a strong team of educators with different backgrounds, as opposed to the view of only one.


Saturday, Oct. 19th 2013 at 8am-4pm

330 River Road

New Milford, NJ

As the educational landscape changes schools must transform accordingly in order to prepare all learners with the skills, tools, and knowledge to be successful in the 21st Century. This requires a shift in instructional techniques that focus on critical thinking, inquiry, problem-solving, authentic contexts, and technology.

Edscape is a conference intended to bring together passionate educators who firmly believe that innovation is essential to increasing student engagement and achievement. Innovation begins with a desire to change. Edscape will provide attendees with the inspiration, strategies, and the confidence to actively pursue a transformation in teaching and learning practices.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovation Now”. We will explore how learning environments can be established to promote critical thought, inquiry, problem solving, and creativity. Attendees will leave with a greater sense of how to authentically engage all learners through meaningful and relevant instruction.

The Edscape Conference will feature presentations and workshops by innovative educators who believe that change is essential to meet the diverse needs of all learners in the 21st Century. They will share best practices, success stories, applicable strategies, and pedagogical techniques that address the following:

  • Meaningful, cost-effective professional growth opportunities to improve teaching and learning.
  • Effective technology integration as a means to promote student creativity, apply knowledge, and increase engagement in the classroom.
  • Design of authentic learning experiences to enhance critical thought, inquiry, problem-solving, and relevancy in the classroom.
  • Essential leadership practices to articulate a vision for school improvement and begin the implementation process.


8:00 am - 9:00 am Sign-In & Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:00 am Introduction & Keynote Speaker

10:10 am -11:10 am Session I

11:20 am -12:20 pm Session II

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch & Innovation Center

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Session III

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm Session IV

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm Closing & Raffle

Cyber Café Hours: 8:00am-3:00pm

#Satchat is a weekly online Twitter discussion for current and emerging school leaders that takes place every Saturday morning at 7:30 EST/PST. Join Brad Currie, Scott Rocco, and Billy Krakower for a live streaming conversation from Edscape 2013. The role of lead learners thriving in an autonomous and innovative environment will be examined by the #Satchat crew. Special guests will also provide commentary on this very timely and engaging topic. Feel free to sip and chat. See you then.