Schedule

The conference will begin Thursday, May 2, 8 a.m. and conclude Saturday, May 4, 5 p.m. The price of the conference covers all meal events in that time period including Thursday's opening reception, continental breakfast, and lunch on Friday and Saturday.

You also have the option to purchase a ticket for the Spirit of Chicago Dinner cruise (not included in the price of the conference). See details here.

Thursday, May 2

Registration
8 a.m.–5 p.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

Pre-opening school visits
9–11:30 a.m., The Laboratory Schools and other locations

Opening program
3–4:30 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Speakers
Robert J. Zimmer, President
The University of Chicago

James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate and Professor
The University of Chicago

Charlie Abelmann, Director
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Opening reception
5–6:30 p.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

School Tours
5–6:30 p.m., More information coming soon.

Art Activation Project
5–6:30 p.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall

Friday, May 3

Registration
7:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

Breakfast
7:30–8:30 a.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

Panel discussion, Dewey Then and Now/China and the US
8:30–10:15 a.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Moderated by Johanna Ransmeier, Associate Professor of history
University of Chicago

Panelists
Walter Feinberg, Professor of Philosophy and Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor
School of Education at the University of Kansas

Janet Chen, Associate Professor
History and East Asian Studies Departments
at Princeton University

Keynote Speaker
10:30–11:15 a.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall
Shi Zhongying, Professor of Education
Beijing Normal University

Lunch
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall, Cloister Club & Lounge

Panel discussion, Current challenges in Chinese education
1:15–2:45 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Moderated by TBD

Panelists
Yanhong Zhang, Chief Data Analysis & Innovation
UNICEF

Dali Yang, Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Chicago

Kai-Ming Cheng, Emeritus Professor, Policy, Administration, and Social Sciences Education
Hong Kong University

Panel discussion, TBD
1:15–2:45 p.m., Ida Noyes Hall, third floor theater

Moderated by TBD

Panelists
Yajun Chen, Director, Dewey Center
Professor of Philosophy, Fudan University

Douglas Simpson, Helen DeVitt Chair in Teacher Education
Texas Christian University

Shi Zhongying, Professor of Education
Beijing Normal University

Panel discussion, TBD
3:00–4:30 p.m, Ida Noyes Hall, third floor theater

Moderated by TBD

Panelists
Kazuyo Nakamura, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education
Hiroshima University

Audrey Cohan, Professor of Education
Molloy College

Charles Howlett, Associate Professor of Education
Molloy College

Kathleen Knight-Abowitz, Chair of Philosophy of Education and Social Foundations of Education
Miami University–Ohio

Panel discussion, Retracing Dewey’s Steps: Student Perspective
3–4:30 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Moderated by Larry Hickman, Emeritus Professor
Director of the Center for Dewey Studies, 1993–2015
Southern Illinois University

Panelists
Laboratory Schools and UChicago Charter Schools students

Art Activation Project
4:30–5:30 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Opening remarks of special exhibit by artist Fushon Li and parent Jeremy Hulse-Spofford. The exhibit will feature a series of paintings by Mr. Li commemorating Dewey's trip to China. He will share his views on the significance of Dewey's influence on education in China.

Student performances, documentary screening
5:30–7 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Saturday, May 4

Community Service Registration
7–8 a.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

Breakfast
7–8 a.m., Location TBD

Keynote speaker
9–10 a.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Panel discussion, Service Provision
10:15–11:45 a.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

Moderated by TBD

Panelists
Shannon May, Co-Founder, Chief Strategy & Development Officer
Bridge International Academies

Diane Geng, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
New York University - Shanghai

Xiaoyan Liang, Lead Education Specialist
World Bank

Panel discussion, Perspectives of Dewey in Action from (Dewey’s School 1xx years later) Lab Teachers OR GPAH Challenges in Service Provision; the Ideals of Democratic Education
10:15–11:45 a.m., Judd Hall, C-116

Moderated by TBD

Panelists
Laboratory Schools Faculty

Lunch
Noon–1 p.m., Laboratory Schools dining hall and courtyard

Community service projects departures
1:15–1:30 p.m., Groups meet in Laboratory Schools parking lot on Kimbark Avenue

Community service projects
1:45–3:45 p.m., Various locations

Light refreshments
4–4:30 p.m., Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby,

Closing plenary session
4:30—5 p.m., Gordon Parks Assembly Hall
Charlie Abelmann, Director
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Navy Pier Boat Cruise (optional)
6:30–10 p.m., Navy Pier’s Spirit of Chicago