2023 Innovative Learning Conference 

Thank you for helping us reimagine how schools facilitate and inspire learning!

About 2023 ILC

Come be inspired at the Innovative Learning Conference. Learn from experts and educators in dynamic sessions and panels. Dive into facilitator-led cohorts with fellow teachers and ILC attendees to reflect, collaborate, and ideate new teaching practices to bring back to your school.

At a time characterized by open knowledge systems, new technologies, inclusive communities, and diverse perspectives, the Innovative Learning Conference (ILC) at The Nueva School in the San Francisco Bay Area is a call to reimagine the way schools facilitate learning.

Returning for the first time since 2019, this year’s reworked conference will offer educators, researchers, parents, and students meaningful resources to better understand and adopt innovative learning strategies.

The theme of ILC 2023 is The Power of Perspectives: Envisioning Our Collective Future. Over the course of two days, attendees will have the space and support to think critically, creatively, and collaboratively as we reimagine the way schools facilitate learning in topics such as AI and emerging tech, institutional equity and inclusion, visual thinking and visible learning, and more.

Conference participants will experience:

  • Thought-provoking, open conversations, and facilitated explorations of modern learning contexts
  • Inspirational ideas, creative connections, joyous learning, and a focus on your burning questions
  • Space and time to reflect and process these ideas in the context of each participant's current needs
  • A network of like-minded practitioners to support the ongoing implementation of what you learn

Conference speakers will be announced throughout the summer. Bookmark the ILC website for updates.

Past topics covered at ILC include:
  • Foundational Teaching Skills
    Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Design Thinking
    Design Engineering and Entrepreneurship
  • Equity in Education
  • Globalization and Cultural Understanding
  • Integrated Technology
  • Teaching Critical Thinking and Reasoning
  • Gifted Education
    Meeting the needs of gifted and talented learners
  • Neuroscience
  • Social-Emotional Learning
    Empathy and Mindfulness
  • Sustainability
    Wellness for our shared future

Check out past sessions and topics here!

ILC Committee


Lee Fertig, head of school
Diana Chamorro, co-chair
Sarah Koning, co-chair
Allen Frost
Jennifer Perry
Jenny Risk
David Robinson
Katie Saylor
Dara Silverstein
Colin Tribble
LiAnn Yim