The New Era of Education

Join us for our October ASCD Virtual Symposium, The New Era of Education.

Explore what comes next for K–12 education as you examine how schools implement restorative practices built from lessons learned.


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Live Event on October 20, 2021
On-Demand through December 19, 2021

The live event takes place 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EDT).


The September issue of Educational Leadership featured a conversation between EL's editor in chief and Secretary Cardona, trends shaping the future of learning, and how pandemic-related shifts could lead to more student-centered instruction. This half-day symposium will bring the September issue to life.

Take a Deeper Dive

You'll hear directly from some of the feature writers. Tom Vander Ark, advocate for innovations in learning, will set the stage by discussing pandemic-related shifts and trends shaping the future of learning.

Take Learning Back to Your Classroom, School or District

Choose from 18 sessions that will challenge and resource you for impactful educational leadership. Bring these concepts and knowledge back to your classroom, school, or district.

Enhance Professional Learning: ASCD Certificate Program

Extend your learning with the optional ASCD certificate program. Learn more about this certificate program.

Featured Speaker

The full lineup of speakers and sessions are available in the symposium program.

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    CEO, Getting Smart

    Tom Vander Ark

    Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for innovations in learning. As CEO of Getting Smart, he advises schools, districts, networks, foundations and learning organizations on the path forward. Tom is the author of Getting Smart, Smart Cities That Work for Everyone, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place, and Difference Making at the Heart of Learning. He previously served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was a public school superintendent in Washington State.


Register online or complete and submit the Registration Form (PDF).

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The conference cancellation processing fee does not apply to this event. Cancellation notices must be received in writing by 9:00 a.m. U.S. eastern standard time on October 19, 2021.

Basic Registration


Access to live symposium (if registered by 9:00am U.S. eastern standard time on October 19, 2021)
Access to archives through December 19, 2021

Registration and Certificate Program


Access to live symposium (if registered by 9:00am U.S. eastern standard time on October 19, 2021)
Access to archives through December 19, 2021
Certificate: Foundations of Navigating Educational Change
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Register as a Team and Save!

Register four people and the fifth registration is FREE!

Every fifth person who registers from your school or district may attend this event at no cost. All team members must register at the same time and for the same event. All five registration forms must be mailed together along with the Team Registration Cover Sheet.

Team Registration Cover Sheet (PDF)

Registration Form (PDF)

Certificate Course Program

Symposium Schedule

All times listed for the live symposium are U.S. eastern standard time (EST). The symposium schedule is subject to change.

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Opening General Session

Learning that Matters to Youth and Communities, presented by Thomas Vander Ark

02:10 PM - 02:50 PM

Breakout Sessions

03:00 PM - 03:40 PM

Breakout Sessions

03:50 PM - 04:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

04:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Closing General Session

Know Before You Go

We have put together these resources to help you prepare for the online meeting environment.

If you have any questions, please email us.