Special Event


Fri Oct 14, 2016
6:00 AM - 6:45 PM
Event Video


Some of the greatest national and international minds in education will convene in two sessions for an in-depth analysis of the state of education in our world near and far.

Sir Ken Robinson, Internationally recognized authority on education whose TEDTalk “Do schools kill creativity?” has garnered nearly 40 million views

Jason Glass, Ed. D, Superintendent of Eagle County Schools

Michael Johnston, Senator (D-Denver)

Dr. Lisa Escárcega, Executive Director of Colorado Association of School Executives

Millie Hamner, Representative (D-Frisco)

Bob Rankin, Representative (R-Carbondale)

Tracie Rainey, Executive Director of the Colorado School Finance Project



Sir Ken Robinson

SESSION 1: Keynote from Sir Ken Robinson

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Preceding the keynote from Sir Ken Robinson… What do schools of the future look like to students? Featuring the sort of creativity only a child can possess, a group of local middle school students will present their vision of education in years to come.

The students will then turn the stage over to Sir Ken Robinson as he explores big-picture education and answers questions such as: Is standardization serving our students? Is it possible to awaken and engage a child’s creativity to bring about greater growth and preparation to become global-ready citizens? Sir Ken Robinson will share his vision for what schools of the future can offer our community and how they can better serve the needs of students here and around the world.

Sir Ken Robinson, author of numerous books including “Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education,” is an internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 380 million people in more than 150 countries.


SESSION 2: Funding public education

5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

This session will open with comments from Dr. Jason Glass and the panel regarding Sir Ken Robinson’s keynote presentation. Next, each panelist will present their thoughts on the impact and necessity of public education and the reality of public education funding in Colorado. Presentations will answer questions such as – what did public education funding look like 20 years ago? What does it look like now and into the future? Are we gaining ground or have we lost our footing?

* There will be a short break between sessions with light refreshments and a book signing with Sir Ken Robinson. There will be an after-party with the panelists to continue the discussion. Details TBA.

Doors open at 3 p.m.