Breakthroughs in Education: Innovations in Equity, Access, and Quality

An online event starting July 2, 2018, that shares perspectives on innovations in education from around the world.

This event is for:

  • TEACHERS - Explore innovation in education—what innovation is and how innovation and creativity can be used to design more vibrant and dynamic learning experiences for students.

  • EDUCATION LEADERS - Understand trends in education, how to develop a 21st-century school, and how to engage educators to think in innovative and creative ways.

  • NGO PROFESSIONALS - Acquire an innovative mindset, explore innovations in action, and share information with others who are working on new programs and initiatives in education.

  • UNIVERSITY TEACHER EDUCATORS - Understand how supporting student teachers, soon to be educators, in innovative thinking and creativity can help to engage new teachers in the teaching profession.

Participants will have access to video presentations, reflective activities, discussion boards, and resources over a 5-week period (July 2-August 3, 2018). 


Earn an Education Innovation Champion digital badge and continuing education units.

Why is innovation important for education as we advance into the 21st century? The world has changed tremendously over the past decades and continues to do so at an extremely rapid pace. Do we need to change the way we think and approach education in response?

As you watch the video presentations in “Breakthroughs in Education: Innovations in Equity, Access, and Quality,” and participate in the activities and discussion boards, you will consider the following:

  • What are the biggest challenges affecting equity, access, and quality in education?

  • Why is the status quo no longer working?

  • How is innovation driving change? 

  • What does it take to think like an innovator?

  • How do you reshape a problem to create a solution?

  • How can you remain flexible and adaptable to the needs of students, today and tomorrow?

Learn from examples of how organizations and individuals around the globe are tacking the challenges of ensuring equity, access, and quality for education. Innovators around the world have much to share with one another. 

Scheduled Speakers

(tentatively scheduled)

Donika Dimovska, Results for Development

Nicole Biondi, Innovation Edge (South Africa)

Kat Trujillo, Libraries Without Borders

Gina Weisblat, Northeast Ohio Medical University

Michael Hernandez, Mira Costa High School

Johanna Prince, University of Maine at Farmington

Rebecca Leege, World Vision

KH Kim, College of William & Mary

Susan Santone, Creative Change Educational Solutions

Rachael Miller, Educate!

Ashley Kolaya, TEDEd

Nandini Chatterjee Singh, UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development

Shelley Berc, Creativity Workshop


Registration Fee:

ACEI is proud to be launching a brand new series of online education events. To celebrate the launch of our first event, Innovations in Education, we are offering participants an introductory price.

$50 Exploration Level
$75 Education Innovation Champion Level - earn  digital badge/CEUs

Registration closes on July 20

For registration support, contact

Exploration level provides access to all the videos presentations, reflective activities, discussion boards, and resources. You can can decide whether to engage in the entire event or select the topics that interest you the most.

Education Innovation Champion level provides access to all the video presentations, reflective activities, discussion boards, and resources. To earn credit for the event, you must engage successfully in a majority of the information provided. More instructions will be provided to you upon registration.


Learning Outcomes

  • Construct a definition of innovation as it applies to solving education challenges.

  • Examine how innovation is used to address challenges affecting education. What are the biggest challenges (access, quality, equity) and how is innovation driving change? Why is the status quo no longer working?

  • Identify skills needed to be an innovative thinker and how to implement innovative ideas.

  • Identify using case studies how innovative practices and approaches are being used by people and organizations around the world to tackle the education challenges of access, equity, and quality.

  • Relate knowledge and insights from case studies and online discussions to your own challenges. How do you disrupt the status quo and create effective solutions? How do you remain flexible and adaptable to the needs of students today and tomorrow?

  • Synthesize what you have learned to develop your own innovation plans of action.