Our World is Changing. Is Your School Future-Ready?

The twin forces of technology and globalization are upending everything. How will schools manage this new dynamic? In this full-day, comprehensive, hands-on seminar, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., will discuss six relevance gaps between schools and society including information literacy, new forms of learning, engagement, economic, innovation and equity. We will follow this highlighting the four big shifts that deeper learning schools are making (cognitive complexity, student agency, authentic work and technology infusion) as well as the 10 building blocks they are implementing to design future-ready learning experiences for students.

During this seminar, we will also discuss the societal impacts of digital, online and mobile technologies; workforce preparation concerns related to offshoring, outsourcing, robots and software automation; multimedia, transmedia and the digital literacy of our educators and graduates; and our own readiness to become a future-ready school organization.


Friday, June 15
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This workshop is open to superintendents, principals, school board members and any other education leaders. Participants should bring a laptop, Chromebook, or tablet computer and charging cord.


About our CU Expert:

McLeod headshotAn associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school technology leadership issues. He is the founding director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only university center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He also is the co-creator of the four shifts discussion protocol and the founder of both the annual Iowa 1:1 Institute and EdCampIowa, the nation’s largest EdCamp event. Dr. McLeod has worked with several hundred schools, districts, universities and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). In 2015, he was one of three finalists to be the next Director of the Iowa Department of Education. In 2011, he was a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod was one of the pivotal figures in Iowa’s grassroots 1:1 computing movement, which has resulted in over 220 school districts providing their students with powerful learning devices. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. He has written over 170 articles and other publications and is one of the most visible education professors in the United States.