Your Name and Title: Kyle Wagner- Futures Academy Coordinator at The International School of Beijing 

School or Organization Name: International School of Beijing

Co-Presenter Name(s): n/a

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: San Diego, California

Language in Which You Will Present: English 

Target Audience(s): Administrators, heads of school, middle managers, principals

Short Session Description (one line): This session will teach ambitious principals and heads of school how to lead change and better connect their students to their passions, and the global community with a 'school within school' approach. 

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): In the startup world things happen fast. An idea is borne in an incubator, tested in beta phase, and then released to the general public. In school, things are much slower moving. It takes years of careful strategic planning to align our schools to what we know works best for student learning.  What if things could happen more quickly? What if rather than spend years on strategic planning, only to find it is rendered obsolete by the implementation phase, you could implement rapid changes right away. You can. This presentation will detail Kyle Wagner's experience in co-founding Futures Academy, a unique 'school within a school' that uses cross-curricular projects to prepare students for a changing global society. The session will provide guidance for you, the school leader in leading your own 'school within a school' to connect students to their passions and the global community . You will learn:

  • How to craft your mission statement for the program
  • How to design student experiences 
  • How to structure the curriculum
  • How to gain community support
  • How to market the program
  • How to recruit your first cohort and teachers
  • How to design the program's space 

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

Slides for Presentation

Futures Academy Explained (shows learning in Futures Academy)  and

Design of Space                                                                         

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  • Co-Chair


    Can you edit this and elaborate on the global aspects to your session? See our mission for inspiration: Our Mission


    Lucy Gray

    Conference Co-Chair 

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