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

WISE@NY convened on September 22, 2018 in New York, United States.

WISE@NY gathered practitioners, thought-leaders and creative architects who are empowering learners for future challenges, designing new learning environments to foster inclusion, innovating inside and outside the classroom. These game-changers are shaping the Learning Revolution or rather Learning Revolutions for current and future generations to reach their full potential.


Personalized journeys, participatory sessions


WISE@NY was more than just an education conference. Designed to democratize the conversation, the various sessions were meant to offer participants an array of opportunities to voice their opinions, share solutions and to build new connections. All day long, participants could choose from a variety of formats to design their own revolution or to become part of the revolutions featured in the program. They could engage and experiment in an action-oriented atmosphere.

Diversity of formats:

  • Panels to reflect on challenges and opportunities with experts, and the way forward.
  • Chats to dig deep and discuss education trends.
  • WISE Talks to seek inspiration and turn ideas into action through bite-sized talks, themed “Innovation Station”, “Roads to Revolution” and “Allies of Empowerment”.
  • Sparkshow to discover education innovators pitch their ideas in a game-style debate.
  • Workshops to immerse in hands-on interactive learning experiences.
  • Labs to learn through VR and citizenship-based activities.
  • Forum Theatre to transform into an actor in the future of education.


Dr. Silivia Montoya

Dr. Silvia Montoya

UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

Jim Bildner

Jim Bildner

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
United States of America

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka

Democratic Republic of the Congo

James da Costa

James Da Costa

Hult Prize Foundation
United Kingdom

Shea Gopaul

Shea Gopaul

Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN)

John Fallon

United Kingdom

Amel Karboul

H.E. Dr. Amel Karboul

The Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East
United Kingdom

Tony Wan

Tony Wan

United States of America

More about the sessions



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?




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?

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 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 were here to transform your best ideas into action.

Road to Revolution
In the spirit of collaboration and peer learning, engage in this fast-paced talk series from thought leaders who have flipped an education challenge into an opportunity, triggering a larger education revolution. As speakers reflect on their journey of change, the series inspired participants to embark on their own revolution journeys.

Allies of Empowerment
Find inspiration in the stories of those who are challenging the status quo and empowering communities around them. In this talk series, change makers have dug deep to share their stories of empowerment for other “Allies” to join their movement.

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 had a guided discussion about envisioning the future of schools through a series of puzzles and riddles. They shared their ideas on the “Insight Wall” and have threaded their solutions with the findings of others!