January 2014 – Portland, OR

Five world-class talks on the future of education in one afternoon in Portland. Ideas will fly.

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One day in Portland; five incredible speakers.

For just one afternoon, clear your calendar and join us as we examine the question: are you reacting or are you leading? On Friday, January 31, 2014, the Northwest’s leaders in education will convene for five talks that will spark your imagination beyond day-to-day responsibilities.

Mission Theater

1624 N.W. Glisan Portland, OR 97209

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Parking lot: 1751 NW Hoyt Street (2 min walk) for Mission Theatre

Appetizers served 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Two drink tickets provided.


  • 12:30–1:00 p.m. Check-in & Welcome
  • 1:15 p.m. Joe Morelock
  • 2:00 p.m. Amber Case
  • Refreshments Served
  • 2:50 p.m. Ben Grey
  • 3:30 p.m. Ruben Puentedura
  • Refreshments Served
  • 4:20 p.m. Dan Ariely
  • 5:00 p.m. Panel
  • 5:30 p.m. Conclusion

Joe Morelock

Director of Technology & Innovation, Canby School District, OR

Fund what matters. Joe Morelock’s dedication to creating a collaborative and innovative environment has made his district stand out in many ways. His vision focuses on overcoming the barriers to affecting change in the learning environment. A student’s success shouldn’t be limited by a balance sheet. And it doesn’t have to be.

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Amber Case

Director of Esri’s R&D Center, co-founder Geoloqi, Cyborg Anthropologist

We are all cyborgs—that is what futurist and anthropologist Amber Case understands when she looks at the ongoing relationship between human and technology. As technology enables better communication, the way we learn and collaborate changes exponentially; Case encourages us to explore what a cyborg learning environment might look like now and in future generations.

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Ben Grey

Chief Innovation Officer for Community Consolidated SD59 in Arlington Heights, IL.

A good story wins the audience. The many new mediums available present opportunities to share the identities of our institutions. Ben Grey promotes the value of telling your story; by sharing who we are, what we believe, and how we’re working toward our goals, we build agency and move people to advocacy.

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Dr. Ruben Puentedura

Founder and President of Hippasus consulting firm, Creator of the SAMR model

Highlighted in the 2010 Apple Education Leadership Summit, Puentedura’s SAMR model has become the standard for measuring successful technology integration in the classroom. At the core of SAMR is the mission to achieve new ways of learning, never before possible. Puentedura's work on technology in education will give you a framework centered on improving learning.

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Dan Ariely

James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics, author of “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions”

With two popular TED talks under his belt, Ariely questions the rationality of our decisions. Are you certain you make major decisions for your institution rationally? Ariely will ask you to think again.

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