ASA is excited to join forces with LearnLaunch as the lead sponsor of the Across Boundaries Conference, taking place at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston January 30-31. Both ASA and LearnLaunch are committed to innovation in education, and this event brings together a cross-section of stakeholders who are bringing creative new solutions to the K-20 ecosystem.
The conference provides the opportunity for ASA to elevate the conversation around the need for career exploration starting as early as middle school. We will also be showcasing the innovative work being done by our partners and grantees, with the hope of sparking debate and awareness around the different ways schools are integrating career exploration into their curricula.
Here’s a preview of some of the unique sessions you can look forward to at Across Boundaries this year:
- “Pathways and Connections to the World of Work” This panel session will focus on how schools and communities are responding to changes required by the future of work. Schools attempt to manage partnerships for internships or authentic projects, but it takes time, connections and effort. Are there ways to simplify this work? What are the unsolved problems and who is trying to solve them?
- “Will Informal Learning and B2C Education Grow Faster than Institutional Education?” This dynamic panel will bring together organizations who are finding traction working directly with kids. We expect a lively discussion about whether this “business to consumer” approach will disrupt education, which segments are growing most quickly, and how to evaluate this type of informal learning.
- Our CEO Jean Eddy is honored to join Tom Vander Ark for the final keynote of the conference, “Developing Students for the Future of Work.” This session will address the question parents, teachers, employers, and policy makers all want to know: How do we prepare students for a future in which the very nature of work is changing so rapidly? ASA’s World of Work partners in the Cajon Valley Union School District will share their experiences about how cross-sector collaboration and middle-school career exploration can provide a possible answer.
- Other sessions include: “No Degree? No Problem” and “Credentials are a-changing…or Not?” A highlight is sure to be the panel featuring students, who will share their first-hand perspectives about how innovation is shaping their education experience.
In addition to these sessions, we are also excited about the opportunity to meet with foundation funders, investors and startups at the conference. ASA wants to serve as a catalyst for conversations about the best ways to accelerate, scale, and increase access to innovative programs that will help kids find a sense of passion and purpose, and connect their learning today to the future of work.