WISE@NY – Learning Revolutions: Creating Educational Environments for Empowerment and Inclusion

WISE@NY – Learning Revolutions: Creating Educational Environments for Empowerment and Inclusion

WISE@ NY will take place on September 22, 2018 in New York City at The Altman Building as part of the Global Goals Week, a series of events taking place during the United Nations General Assembly, under the auspices of the UN Foundation.

Creative approaches, innovations and tools are rapidly evolving how, where, and from whom we learn. At the same time, not all learners are benefitting equally. There is a growing need to transcend traditional education boundaries to design rich learning environments that leave no learner behind.

To help current and future generations reach their full potential, we need a learning revolution or rather Learning Revolutions.

The good news is that several learning revolutions are already underway, both, inside and outside the classroom. Creative innovations are emerging everywhere - from city streets to cellphones – to empower learners for future and unforeseen challenges.

WISE@ NY is an opportunity for participants to take learning in their hands, explore innovative approaches and collaboratively design new learning environments that foster inclusion and opportunity.

The day-long gathering will convene education stakeholders from around the world. It is an opportunity to voice bold opinions, share solutions and to learn from peers through a series of thought-provoking and collaborative sessions.

Join us in New York to play your part in designing a learning revolution that will transform education for the benefit of all.

Speakers confirmed include:



Panel 1- Enhancing lifelong learning in cities  
With 54% of the world population currently living in urban areas, cities are on the front lines of all social, environmental and economic issues facing our world. Learners need to acquire new core skills to become engaged residents and creative problem-solvers. How can we create conducive environments for lifelong learning?

Panel 2- STEM for all: Tackling biases, expanding opportunities
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is not just for geniuses. STEM education fuels creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. So as we race towards an automated future, the STEM talent pool must be enriched to ensure no one is left behind. How can STEM education be revolutionized to broaden participation?

Panel 3- Instilling new skills for the fourth Industrial Revolution
Tech-fluency, collaborative problem solving and critical thinking are some of the new core skills needed to creatively tackle unforeseen challenges. How can we rethink everyday lessons to inculcate skills of the future?

Panel 4- Funding for Impact
Education resources are rarely allocated towards the most efficient initiatives. How can we improve allocation of resources to maximize impact? What are the best strategies to identify impactful projects and evaluate their outcomes?


Dialogue 1- Education Leadership: Moving from Research to Action
School leaders are key agents in leading change, improving learning outcomes and creating efficient learning environments. How can we create conditions and policies for successful school leadership? How can we equip and empower those who are eager to lead learning revolutions?

Dialogue 2- Trusting Numbers: How Reliable is Data for Education?
Intuitively, we would think that the more data we have, the more reliable will be the decision-making process. What if they don’t tell the whole story? What are the advantages and limitations of the use of data in education?

WISE Accelerator Talks:

Idea Share
Seeking and sharing innovation in education can be tricky business. IdeaShare will break down these knowledge barriers by bringing together thought leaders to share their best ideas and practices in 10 images or less.

WISE Talks:

Innovation Station
Searching for your next ‘ah-ha’ moment? Find inspiration in the stories of those who have managed to flip an education challenge into an opportunity and achieved positive change. Our speakers are here to transform your best ideas into action.

C2 Session:

Envisioning the Future of Schools
Where can collaboration take us? To the Future! Channel your inner student and take part in the interactive C2 Lab. Participants will have a guided discussion about envisioning the future of schools through a series of puzzles and riddles. Share your ideas on the “Insight Wall” and thread your solutions with the findings of others!