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Community Conversation: The Future of Learning

April 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The old rules no longer apply.

Our children are tomorrow’s innovators and change-makers. But how can we prepare them to thrive in a rapidly evolving economy, both now and in the future?

Our approach to education must be re-imagined to align with how kids learn, and what they should be learning to invent the future with creativity and compassion.

KID Museum’s Community Conversation on the Future of Learning will explore the science of learning, how it can be adapted to our schools, and what success means in the 21st century.

Please join our distinguished panel of industry experts, thought-leaders, and local educators at the forefront of tomorrow’s learning landscape — and be a part of the conversation.


Featured Panelists

Ulrich Boser is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the founder of the Learning Agency. He is also the author of Learn Better, which examines the new science of learning and was listed as Amazon’s “best science book of the year.”  Boser has served as an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, and the Charles Butt Foundation. He has also been a contributing editor for U.S. News and World Report and a researcher for the newspaper Education Week.  His work has been featured in many outlets including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and the front page of USA Today.

William E. “Brit” Kirwan is chancellor emeritus of the University System of Maryland (USM). He is a recognized authority on critical issues facing higher education. He served as chancellor of USM for 13 years (2002-2015), president of the Ohio State University for four years (1998-2002) and president of the University of Maryland, College Park for 10 years (1988-1998). Currently, Dr. Kirwan chairs the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences and serves as executive director of Transforming Post-Secondary Education in Mathematics. He also chairs the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education.

Maria V. Navarro is Chief Academic Officer for Montgomery County Public Schools. Dr. Navarro oversees the offices of the Student and Family Support and Engagement, Curriculum and Instructional Programs, and Special Education. She is a veteran educator who has served in a variety of teaching and leadership roles in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining MCPS, Dr. Navarro worked in the Baltimore City Public Schools for five years, most recently as the acting chief academic officer. Maria also worked as a senior level administrator for the Christina School District in Delaware, and as a teacher and administrator for the Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C.

Paula Reed is the founder and CEO of BizEducation Consulting, Inc. Her combined 20 years plus of experience in higher education and the K12 marketplace include overseeing the business development for a company focused on graduating alternative education and at-risk students, and working with a start-up math curriculum organization. Most notably, she served as National Director of Partnerships for Discovery Education, where she created educational partnerships with large urban and suburban districts. These opportunities have provided her with an in depth understanding of the workings of rural, suburban and urban district philosophies, politics, and teachings across the country.  

Craig Rice has been a member of the Montgomery County Council since 2010, when he became the youngest African American ever to serve on the nine-member Council, and only the second African American to serve in that role. Craig chairs the Council’s Education Committee and also serves on its Health and Human Services Committee. In addition, he serves as the Council’s representative to the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) in Annapolis, chairs MACo’s Education Sub-Committee, and is currently President of the MACo Diversity Caucus. In September 2016, Craig was named to the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education — the first major review of education funding in the state in over a decade.

Glenn Whitman is the co-author of Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education and directs the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Glenn is a former Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence Fellow and author of Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History, as well as co-editor of Think Differently and Deeply, the international publication of the CTTL. Glenn is also a blogger for Edutopia. Glenn’s most recent publications include: “A Bridge No Longer Too Far: A Case Study of One School’s Exploration of the Promise and Possibilities of Mind, Brain, and Education Science for the Future of Education” in Mind, Brain and Education.


Josh Starr is the Chief Executive Officer of PDK International. Dr. Starr has worked in public education since 1993, as a teacher, central office leader, and Superintendent of Schools. He served as Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools from 2011 to 2015, and as Superintendent in Stamford, CT from 2005 to 2011.


April 26, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


KID Museum
6400 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817 United States


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