NovaNow Feb. 6-7, 2015

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!

Rushton Hurley

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 Rushton has keynoted at conferences all over the United States and around the world.

Erin Klein

Erin Klein is an author, parent, and current 2nd grade teacher and MACUL Outstanding Technology-Using Pre-K-12 Teacher. She is the former technology chair for the Michigan Reading Association and award-winning EduTech Blogger.

John Spencer

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.

Melody Arabo

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."

Conversation Schedule

Friday, February 6, 2015
9:00 – 11:15 Tour Kent Innovation High; Sit and observe classrooms; Student Showcase
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:45 – 2:15 1st Conversation
2:30 – 4:00 2nd Conversation
4:15 – 5:30 Hors d’Oeuvres and Business Panel

Saturday, February 7, 2015
9:00 – 10:30 3rd Conversation
10:45 – 12:15 4th Conversation
12:15 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 2:45 5th Conversation
3:00 – 4:30 6th Conversation


Friday, Feb. 6th 2015 at 9am to Saturday, Feb. 7th 2015 at 4:30pm

1655 East Beltline Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI

Please park in Lot 3 and come in the main entrance to Kent Innovation High.

Principal Janelle Sievert on last year's NovaNow

"We are going to be canceling middle school for that Friday (and bringing the whole staff to NovaNow). We are currently building a new addition that has many of the same features of your walls into common areas, project rooms, lots of different learning spaces, we want our whole middle school staff to see it in action. Plus-the sessions were so good last year and connect so directly to our goals that we wanted everyone to be a part of it."