Thank you for attending Learn Fest '17!

LearnFest ’17, an official IdeaFestival event, is a full day of inspirational talks by leading innovators in education. The goal of LearnFest is to provoke cutting edge thinking in PreK-12 education across all disciplines with all education stakeholders. Four keynote talks, several break-out sessions, and book signings gave participants an opportunity to get up close and personal with today’s big thinkers in education.
LearnFest '17
March 13, 2017
8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A Special Thank you goes to our Master of Ceremonies, Joe Arnold!

Please click here to download a LearnFest '17 flyer.

Please click here to download the LearnFest '17 Program.

Fee: $89.00 includes lunch

Please click here to download a campus map for available parking.

Louisville Collegiate School
2427 Glenmary Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40204

Questions about registration?
Please email or call 502.479.0375.

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Morning Session

8:15 a.m. Doors Open
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Keynote: Anya Kamenetz
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Snacks, Live Music, Bookstore
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Keynote: Jessica Lahey

Lunch Activities

11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Live Music
11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Bookstore
11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Chair Massages
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Film Viewing: “Most Likely to Succeed”
12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Book Signings

Afternoon Sessions

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Keynote: Dr. Michael Thompson
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Snacks, Live Music, Bookstore
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Keynote: Dr. Derrick Gay

Registration Information

Hotel Information

LearnFest '17 has secured a discount at the following hotels.  Please call one of these hotels and mention LearnFest '17 for the discounted rate.

102 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Group rate: $139

335 W. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
Group Rate: $153

700 West Main Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Group Rate: $169
Online code: 1703LEARNFEST

350 West Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Rate: $135
One incredible opportunity to collaborate and network with innovative thinkers about education.
Dr. Derrick Gay

A lifelong learner with two decades of experience as a teacher, administrator and consultant, Dr. Derrick Gay currently serves as a resource to schools, educational, arts and philanthropic organizations on issues of global citizenship and cultural competency. Fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese, Dr. Gay collaborates with thought leaders around the globe to foster empathy, enrich inclusion, and cultivate cultural competency.
Dr. Gay's work spans Early Childhood to doctoral students as he currently serves as Content and Curriculum Advisor to Sesame Street in addition to serving as an adjunct professor to doctoral students at The University of Pennsylvania. Additionally. Dr. Gay has produced two Tedx Talks, has been featured in the New York Times, and is a frequent keynote at international education conferences, most recently keynoting the 2016 Association for the Advancement of International Education Conference.
Anya Kamenetz
As a staff writer for Fast Company Magazine covering technology, innovation, sustainability and social entrepreneurship, Anya Kamenetz earned repeated awards from the national Education Writers Association. Anya is the lead digital education correspondent for NPR. Her team’s blog is at She’s contributed to The New York TimesThe Washington PostNew York Magazine, Slate, and O, the Oprah Magazine.

Kamenetz burst on the literary scene at age 24, with her debut book, Generation Debt, which received critical acclaim for stoking debate on the unprecedented economic challenges young people face. In 2010, she published DIY U, prompting the Huffington Post to name her an “Educational Game Changer.” Critics called her third book, The Test, a “must read” for anyone interested in our education system. Her upcoming book, The Joy of Screen Time (2017), will transform the way you think about parenting in the digital age.

Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey is an educator, writer, and speaker. She is an English and writing teacher, correspondent for the Atlantic, commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and writes the "Parent-Teacher Conference" column for the New York Times. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. Jessica earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons. 

Dr. Michael Thompson

Michael G. Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the supervising psychologist for The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than seven hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central American, Europe, Africa and Asia. Michael has authored or co-authored nine books, including Raising Cain:  Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (1991), Best Friends/Worst Enemies:  Understanding the Social Lives of Children (2001) and The Pressured Child:  Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and Life (2004). A dedicated speaker and traveler, he has appeared on the Today Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, and 60 Minutes, among others. He is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist, and is the father of an adult daughter and son and grandfather of two granddaughters.

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School Information

2427 Glenmary Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204
P: 502.479.0340
F: 502.454.8549
Louisville Collegiate School is a JK-12, co-ed independent day school located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.