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

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

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

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

Introductory Speakers
Robert J. Zimmer, President
The University of Chicago

Charlie Abelmann, Director
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Keynote address: Building the Skills that Matter
James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate and Professor
The University of Chicago

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

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

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

Friday, May 3

7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. 
Registration

Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

7:30–8:30 a.m. 
Breakfast

Gordon Parks Arts Hall, John Rogers Lobby

8:30–10:15 a.m. 
Panel discussion 1, Dewey Then and Now/China and the US
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

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

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

1:15–2:45 p.m.
Panel discussion 2A, Current challenges in Chinese education
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 2B, The Relevance of Dewey to School Leaders Today
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

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

3:00–4:30 p.m
Panel discussion 3A, Progressive Approaches to Art and Education
Ida Noyes Hall, third floor theater

Moderated by TBD

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

Allison Beaulieu, Art Teacher and Co-Chair of the Art Department
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Gina Alicea, Art Teacher
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Panel discussion 3B, Retracing Dewey’s Steps: Student Perspective
Gordon Parks Assembly Hall

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

Panelists
Students from The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, University of Chicago Charter Schools, and Beida.

4:30–5:30 p.m. 
Art Activation Project
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.

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

Saturday, May 4

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

7–8 a.m.
Breakfast
Location TBD

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

10:15–11:45 a.m.
Panel discussion 4A, Meeting the Needs of Rural Students
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 4B, Perspectives of Dewey in Action: Laboratory Schools Faculty
Judd Hall, C-116

Moderated by TBD

Panelists
Laboratory Schools Faculty

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

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

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

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

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

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