Symposium 2018

Thinking Collaborative Symposium

January 22 – 24, 2018

Keynote Speaker: Marc Prensky


Based on Prensky’s newest book, “Education to Better Their World,: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids,” the talk highlights a fresh and emerging approach to education—based on Real, World-improving Projects + Applied Passion + Effective Thinking, Action, Relationships and Accomplishment—that far better fits tomorrow’s needs and the new capabilities of our young people. “What our education should be about,” says Prensky, “is accomplishment that improves our world—with individuals improving in the process.” The talk, filled with examples, is about developing young people’s capacity to create, through “applied passion,” solutions that will make their world a better place, using means never before available. Prensky’s totally different take on K-12 education offers an innovative and achievable vision of K-12 education that will far better prepare students of all backgrounds for their future.


Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed thought leader, speaker, writer, consultant, and designer in the field of education. Marc has spoken in over 35 countries and presents regularly throughout the world.

Considered one of the world’s leading experts on the future of education and the connection between education and technology, Marc’s professional focus is on designing better pedagogy and curriculum for the digital generation and on helping people understand how to thrive in the digital age.

Marc’s ideas are both visionary and practical. Marc strives to understand the perspective of today’s students, offering solutions both for how to teach and motivate them, as well as for how to motivate and reinvigorate teachers. Through his writings and talks, Marc helps educators learn to adapt their offerings in ways that are far more effective for today and tomorrow, including Real-world Accomplishment-Based Education, a new form of “partnering” between teachers and students, and a new far broader curriculum based on Effective Thinking, Effective Action, Effective Relationships, and Effective Accomplishment. Prensky focuses on how to best put human minds and digital tools together wisely — in school and in life.

Marc is the author of seven books: “PLAN B”: Education to Improve Their World (Teachers College Press, 2016), From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom (Corwin, 2012) Teaching Digital Natives (Corwin, 2010), Don’t Bother Me, Mom, I’m Learning (Paragon House, 2006), Digital Game-Based Learning (McGraw Hill, 2001), Brain Gain: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012) and The World Needs a New Curriculum (GFEF, 2014). He is also the author of the 2001 article Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. Marc’s books and articles have been translated into over 10 languages.

As a part of his talks around the globe, Marc initiates and conducts unique educator-student dialogues about the teaching, training, and learning processes — it is often the first time the groups have ever spoken to each other about these important subjects.

Marc is a strong proponent of “applied passion” — i.e. teachers’ knowing and using students’ individual passions in real-world projects — and of students’ participation in the design of their own education. He helps educators teach future-oriented skills — including problem-solving, partnering, collaborating in online communities, video-making and programming — as an integrated part of all curricula. Marc’s innovative “PLAN B” combination of pedagogy and technology is becoming increasingly accepted and used worldwide as the wave of the future.




Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows

10345 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124, US

Cutoff date to make reservations is January 5, 2018.
Room rate is $165


2018 Symposium Schedule

Monday, January 22nd
8:30 - 12:00Cognitive Coaching SM Trainers Meeting
All CC trainers and those who have begun the co-training process
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:30Workshops by Cognitive Coaching SM Trainers
3:30 - 5:30Group Session on Diversity: Staying the Narrative—What Will It Take? Delores Lindsey, Carolyn McKanders
Symposium participants
5:30 - 6:30Social Hour with Cash Bar
6:30 - 8:30Dinner and Awards
Tuesday, January 23rd8:30 - 9:00Welcome
Symposium participants
9:00 - 10:15Symposium Keynote: Unleashing the Power of 21st Century Kids—Marc Prensky
10:15 - 10:35Break
10:35 - 12:00Mark Prensky and Student Panel with Question/Answer
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:00Breakouts by Marc Prensky and Symposium Community
2:05 - 3:05Breakouts by Marc Prensky and Symposium Community
3:05 - 3:15Break
3:15 - 4:15Breakouts by Marc Prensky and Symposium Community
4:15 - 4:30Closure
Wednesday, January 24th8:30 - 12:00Adaptive Schools Trainers Meetings
All AS trainers and those who have begun the co-training process
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:30Workshops by Adaptive Schools Trainers

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Registration Costs

Symposium Only – $350
Symposium and AS Trainers Meeting – $400
Symposium and CC Trainers Meeting – $400
Symposium, AS and CC Trainers Meeting – $450

Symposium 2018 On-line Registration