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Hathaway Brown's
Education Innovation Summit 2012

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October 4-5 * Shaker Heights, OH

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Summit Overview

Few problems in American society are as vexing and pressing as how to fix the American public education system. The problems are well known even if the solutions remain elusive: over-crowded classes, over-burdened teachers, under-resourced schools, and a history of conflicting agendas and priorities. Lost within this knot are the threads of independent schools, which, historically, have invested time, idealism and money into helping schools and students in the public sector. The question, now, is how independent schools can prioritize these efforts given the confusion in the school reform movement and the substantial tugs that most independent schools feel to prepare their own students for success in college and beyond. 

In partnership with the Edward E. Ford Foundation, Hathaway Brown will present the third annual Education Innovation Summit: Everybody's Children: Independent Schools, Educational Reform, and the Future of Teaching, which will take place October 4-5, 2012. We will explore these important topics through a variety of lectures, presentations, and workshops. Open to teachers and administrators from independent, public, private, parochial, and charter schools across the country, HB's Education Innovation Summit 2012 aims to raise and answer questions about how to improve education across the spectrum for the good of all America's children.

We're honored that Thomas L. Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times and celebrated author, has agreed to serve as the keynote speaker for the Summit. And we're pleased also to feature Paul Tough, whose 2011 essay "What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?" was a much talked-about part of The New York Times Magazine. We're updating our speakers' roster every day, and some of the brightest minds in education will be sharing their perspectives with attendees. A full slate of lectures and panel presentations will be offered, and several schools around the country will be sharing their best practices. We've also built some time into the schedule for structured brainstorming and discussion sessions. 

In 2010, HB welcomed more than 600 educators from 110 public, private, and parochial schools from 30 U.S. states and Canada to our campus for the inaugural Education Innovation Summit. The event was a rousing success. Feedback about the event – which included 45 sessions with expert speakers in the fields of medicine, business, technology, the arts, and education – was overwhelmingly positive. One presenter called it “the conference of the year, if not the decade.”In the months that have passed since the fall gathering, many of our colleagues have told us they’d like to get together again. Hathaway Brown is proud to announce that the Educational Innovation Summit will now be an annual event.

The impetus for the 2011 Education Innovation Summit was The National Association of Independent Schools' challenge to its 1,200 members to develop and implement Financial, Environmental, Global, Programmatic, and Demographic Sustainability initiatives. Educators from more than 20 different schools in 10 states joined us for the one-of-a-kind gathering that used the revolutionary Appreciative Inquiry method of positive change to allow school officials to shift their governing paradigms from surviving to thriving. Pioneered at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, Appreciative Inquiry helps practitioners capitalize on their strengths and mobilize assets to propel their organizations forward. AI is a collaborative process designed to unleash innovative ideas and formulate solutions. The approach has been widely employed around the world by schools, corporations, government agencies, and environmental scientists.

Additional details about HB's Education Innovation Summit 2012 will be added as they become available. Check back often. Questions? email Please also visit HB's IdeaStore, a digital marketplace for educational innovators.


All independent school educators are invited to the grand opening of IdeaStore: Hathaway Brown's Innovation Marketplace. This new online venue is chock-full of great ideas and insights culled from forward-thinking teachers and administrators from around the country. Each section of the site contains information specially crafted to inspire you.

Hot & Fresh - important educational announcements, news items and promising brainstorms
Whole Brain Cereal  - scholarly observations and insightful analyses of educational trends and current events
Organic Produce - new ideas and inspiring initiatives created and nurtured by teachers and administrators
12 Items or Less - a quick rundown of noteworthy perspectives and cutting-edge programs

IdeaStore also contains a special forum section where site visitors are encouraged to network with each other. Visit and add your voice to what promises to be an exciting and dynamic conversation.

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