Call for participation!

An invitation to innovative school-based teams, community partners, artists, and others.

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Next Wave, a summit to showcase innovations developed by and for school communities that foster democratic practices, student growth, and creative approaches to racial and social justice, which will take place on October 19, 2019. This is a new event, so we want to share ways that you and your colleagues, students, and others from your community can participate.

The Next Wave Big Idea

We know that students, educators, and school leaders are most often the best source of ideas and initiatives to create innovative schools that truly engage learners, build skills, and foster equitable achievement. The Next Wave summit will gather students, educators, administrators, policymakers, funders, and families to highlight, celebrate, and advance our collective commitment to the belief that the people who are closest to and most immediately affected by opportunities and challenges in schools are those who must lead the way to develop responses, strategies, and solutions. We want everyone who is part of an innovative, student-centered, equity-driven school to get inspired and excited, and to find new colleagues, friends, and ideas.

What We’re Looking For

The Next Wave will feature school-based teams that have developed projects and initiatives focused on leveraging creativity, the arts, and community in the service of student learning and sustainable student-centered school design. Stay tuned to this page and our CAS emails, where we’ll be sharing inspirational examples.

Ways to Participate

The Next Wave summit offers three ways to participate. You can:

  • Facilitate a 90-120 minute workshop: This option is for school-based team and/or partner organization that want to share innovations that fosters democratic practices, student growth, and racial and social justice in an interactive, in-depth workshop with 25 (or so) conference participants. We will offer morning and afternoon workshop sessions.

  • Host an interactive exhibition: Interactive exhibitions are for school-based team and/or partner organizations that want to share innovations that fosters democratic practices, student growth, and racial and social justice in an interactive exhibition that will allow many informal conversations with conference participants. These interactive exhibitions offer a more low-key option to share your work, and will happen during breaks between session and lunch.

  • Attend as a participant: Join us for the day to learn, network, make connections, and get inspired! The Next Wave conference registration page will open on August 1, 2019.