2024 Education management Conference Logistics

2024 Education Management Conference

Friday, March 29, 2024

Gleacher Center

11:30 AM - 6:00 PM

University of Chicago Gleacher Center

450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr, Chicago, IL 60611

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About the Conference

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is hosting the fifth annual Chicago Booth Education Management Conference, a critical convening of education leaders, professionals, and graduate students. The Conference is an opportunity for students and professionals alike to delve into current challenges and exciting trends in education, engage with emerging and ongoing academic research, and apply innovative business management principles to the education space. Through panels, a workshop, a keynote lunch, and networking conversations, we seek to create a forum for leaders to connect and transform the education landscape in Chicago and beyond.

This Year's Theme - Equity Redefined: Inclusive Innovation in Education

As educational paradigms shift towards more inclusive and equitable practices, "Equity Redefined: Inclusive Innovation in Education" emerges as a crucial gathering for educators, businesspeople, policymakers, and students. This conference is dedicated to exploring how innovative solutions can bridge gaps in educational equity, offering all learners access to transformative experiences. It's a platform for those committed to integrating inclusivity with technological progress in educational strategies.

Seize the opportunity to interact with pioneers and innovators who are redefining educational standards and practices for the better. Set for March 29, 2024, at the Gleacher Center, this event will highlight key conversations about the role of generative AI in education, the necessity of continuous learning and reskilling, supporting traditional and non-traditional students in higher education, and rethinking school funding to promote fairness.

The conference will include an insightful keynote address, the interactive "To&Through Project Workshop: Using Data to Drive Student Outcomes," and sessions aimed at fostering deep discussions, new connections, and steps forward toward a more inclusive and innovative educational landscape. Together, we can redefine equity in education and pave the way for a future where every learner has the tools and opportunities to succeed, making equity not just an ideal, but a reality for every learner.

Your ticket includes a catered lunch during our Keynote Address, as well as drinks and hors d'oeuvres during the networking happy hour at the end of the day.

2024 Conference Agenda

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM: REGISTRATION


​​​​​​​Keynote Speaker: William Collins, Chief External Affairs Officer - Surge Institute

1:15 - 2:15 PM: BREAKOUT SESSION 1

1A. Revolutionizing Schools: The AI Impact on Education from K-12 to College

This engaging session unites experts from academia, technology, and educational practice to explore the impact of Artificial Intelligence across K-12 and higher education landscapes. Discover how AI is reshaping teaching methods, personalizing learning experiences, and streamlining administrative processes. Engage with our panelists as they discuss the opportunities, ethical considerations, and challenges of integrating AI into education. Whether you're an educator, student, or tech enthusiast, this conversation promises to offer deep insights into the evolving role of AI in shaping the educational paradigms of tomorrow.

Nina Wieda, Assistant Professor of Instruction - Northwestern University (Moderator)

Samuel Eigen, CTO - Loper

Robin Paige, Executive Director - UChicago Center for Teaching and Learning

Torsten Reimer, Partnership to make AI generative for higher education and University Librarian and Dean of the University Library - UChicago

Lewis Poche, Associate Program Director -  Higher-Powered Learning at the University of Notre Dame | Co-founder - AIthena

1B. Empower & Elevate: Navigating Continuous Learning and Reskilling for All

This session presents a multifaceted exploration of the future of education and employment through the lens of post-graduate learning initiatives (certifications, courses, and workshops) and employer talent development. The panel uniquely brings together perspectives from a nonprofit coalition dedicated to reskilling initiatives, a professor of economics with a focus on labor, and a nonprofit dedicated to helping employers implement forward-thinking, inclusive talent solutions. Together, these viewpoints shed light on the importance of lifelong learning, the strategies to make education accessible and relevant in the modern economy, and the collaborative efforts needed to ensure opportunities are universally equitable.

Aleena Agrawal, Vice President Talent Solutions - P33

Matthew Notowididgo, Professor of Economics - Chicago Booth

Joe Deegan, Director, Solutions Design & Delivery - Jobs for the Future

Alexandra Terrana, Head of Instruction of U.S. Coding Courses - General Assembly

2:30 - 3:30 PM: BREAKOUT SESSION 2

2A. Supporting College & Nontraditional Students on their Paths to Economic Mobility

The US racial wealth gap remains stubbornly large. A postsecondary education, whether a college degree or a trade or vocational program, can help to close this gap. Learn from leaders who are supporting students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, to ensure they get on the path to economic mobility.

Kim Tran, Chief of Staff - Chicago State University

Amy Cisneros, Managing Director, Chicago - Braven

Liana Bran, Director of Expansion Strategy - Cara Collective

Monica Yoo, Director of National Workforce Solutions - Cara Collective

2B. School Funding and Equity

How are schools funded? How are resources allocated to support schools and students who need them most? What is the ‘COVID Funding cliff” and how are districts and schools preparing for the end of federal pandemic funding? How do districts and schools make spending decisions? We’ll explore these questions and more with a panel of education leaders thinking about where money in education comes from and how all stakeholders can advocate for dollars to go where they will have the most impact.

Andy Jacob, Senior Director of External Relations - Bellwether (Moderator)

Carrie Hahnel, Senior Associate Director - Bellwether

Hal Woods, Chief of Policy - Kids First Chicago

Mike Sitkowski, Chief Budget Officer - Chicago Public Schools

Heather Wendell, Senior Director - Afton

3:45 - 4:45 PM: To&Through Project Workshop: Using Data to Drive Student Outcomes

The how, what, and why of using data to improve outcomes and opportunities for students is more popular now more than ever in education. Come learn from the University of Chicago's To&Through Project on how they make data come to life for educators, policy leaders, and families in this interactive workshop.

Dominique McKoy, Associate Director - To&Through Project at the UChicago Urban Education Institute