Conference Overview and Schedule | Fall Forum 2011, A Conversation among Friends | November 10-12 | Providence, RI

Nov 10 - 12, 2011 Providence, Rhode Island The Met School,

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Fall Forum 2011: A Conversation among Friends gathers educators, students, and their supporters to share school- and community-based practices that help young people use their minds well. We have structured Fall Forum 2011 to provide participants opportunities to ask and seek answers to hard questions, grapple with powerful ideas that will have immediate and long-term effects on their schools, and deepen the energy and strength of the CES network.

Fall Forum Full Schedule

The Fall Forum 2011 schedule is also available a PDF download here.


6:00am-6:00pm Registration Open

6:30am-5:00pm Pre-Conference School Visits and Pre-Conference Day-Long Workshops

5:30pm Parent Power film screening and panel discussion (open to Fall Forum participants and the general public - reserve free tickets here:

7:45pm American Teacher film screening (open to Fall Forum participants and the general public - reserve free tickets here:


7:00am-6:00pm Registration Open

7:00am-9:00am Breakfast

9:00am-11:00am Opening Session

11:15am-12:00pm Advisory Meetings

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:45pm-5:45 Fall Forum UnConference

1:45pm-3:30pm Workshops and Featured Speakers/Sessions - Block One

3:30pm-4:00pm Break

4:00pm-5:45pm Workshops and Featured Speakers/Sessions - Block Two

7:30pm August to June film screening and discussion with the filmmakers (open to Fall Forum participants and the general public - reserve free tickets here:


7:00am-10:00am Registration Open

7:00am-8:00am Breakfast

8:00am-9:45am Workshops and Featured Speakers/Sessions - Block Three

9:45am-10:15am Break

10:15am-12:00pm Workshops and Featured Speakers/Sessions - Block Four

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch

1:45pm-2:45pm Closing Session

3:00pm Fall Forum 2011 adjourns

Fall Forum Schedule and Program Details

Thursday, November 10 is an optional pre-conference day featuring visits to Essential schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and two day-long off-site pre-conference sessions. In the evening, we invite everyone in town for Fall Forum to gather for an informal meet and greet to get ready for two days of learning and connection.

On the morning Friday, November 11, after an Opening Session featuring a welcome, speakers, and performers, Fall Forum participants will end thei morning in an advisory group. Led by experienced CES educators and coaches, advisories at Fall Forum provide a home base, an opportunity to get to know a small group well, and a place to plan for the Fall Forum experience.

During lunch on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, participants can use the Met School campus to network and connect. In the Met School's Black Box Theater, Fall Forum participants will share their work and experience through Pecha Kucha presentations, concise, high-impact presentations of work, insights, and questions. Lunch will be available for purchase onsite and will feature a delicious array of choices from the ever-expanding roster of Providence's food trucks.

Fall Forum participants will then move into their choices of activity: workshops, consultancies, featured sessions and speakers, and  an "UnConference" option on Friday afternoon that allows participants to self-organize, network, and learn.

Fall Forum participants are on their own for dinner to explore Providence's great food and nightlife.

The morning of Saturday, November 12 will feature another round of workshops, consultancies, and open space gatherings, followed by lunch and a Closing Session. Fall Forum will adjourn at 3:00pm.

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Fall Forum 2011: A Conversation among Friends | November 10-12 | Providence, Rhode Island

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