Twenty-first century education is in an age of transformation. School systems and curricula that were designed to prepare students for industrial careers no longer meet our needs in the digital age. With increased access to technology comes greater opportunity to develop forward thinking and innovative methods of delivering education that ensures all students’ needs are met.

Providing audiences across the world with strategies and tools for implementing change for students, Stern Strategy Group’s experts are the leading authorities on the future of education, technology’s impact on learning, and the psychology behind modern teaching pedagogy.

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Dr. Howard Gardner

Father of the Multiple Intelligences Theory, renowned developmental and cognitive psychologist, Harvard Graduate School of Education professor; PhD, Harvard University

Professor Gardner believes that humans possess a mixture of eight intelligences that make us unique learners–an idea that the current education system does not accommodate. He prepares educators to lead students into the 21st century by understanding the pressures, challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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Dr. Sherry Turkle

Best-selling author, professor, sociologist, and founder & director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self; PhD, Harvard University

Our reliance on technology has altered our human interactions which affect our work, our home lives and the way we educate our students. Professor Turkle, who has studied the human-technology relationship over the last 30 years, reveals how our natural conversational behaviors have changed in the digital age, while offering tangible solutions for reclaiming the lost art of conversation.

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Michael Horn

Author and co-founder & distinguished fellow of the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; MBA, Harvard University

Award-winning author and established education expert Michael Horn illuminates the future of education with statistical analysis, hard-hitting research and practical application for educators at all levels. An authority on disruptive innovation and blended learning classroom models, Michael analyzes the transformational trends in the education system and provides actionable steps for educators and policymakers to implement in their respective states and schools.

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Dr. Michelle Weise

Executive Director, Sandbox Collaborative, Southern New Hampshire University; PhD, Stanford University

Dr. Weise explains that through disruptive innovation, the future of higher education will be birthed in technology, competency-based, workforce driven, and increasingly affordable–and the four year university will no longer exist. By highlighting ways that traditional universities will be disrupted in the near future, Dr. Weise unearths the strategies institutions and organizations should implement in order to meet students’ job-to-be-done: a low cost, high quality and high skills education.

Heather Staker

President and founder of Ready to Blend, adjunct researcher at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; MBA, Harvard University

K-12 education is being radically transformed by disruptive innovation. Heather Staker helps educators identify blended learning strategies for their students, presents tools for implementing new learning models, and provides a looking glass into the future of education so leaders can make informed decisions for the success of 21st century learners.

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Julia Freeland Fisher

Director of Research at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; JD, Yale Law School

For education to make a difference en mass, it must function properly for the individual. Julia Freeland Fisher advocates for personalized learning and access to professional mentorship in K-12 education. By expanding students’ networks, we can vastly expand their minds which will lead to broadening their opportunities for success. Julia shows how social capital, the missing piece of education reform, will transform how education works for millions of students across America.

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