Adobe Education Community NORTH AMERICA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2016

Dates & Location

July 18-20 Leadership Summit @ The New School, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011

Adobe Edu is excited and proud to partnering with The New School for the North America Leadership Summit 2016!


How are you preparing your students for the future?


  • Connect as a community of creative educators.
  • Provide a platform on which to celebrate best practice examples of educators who are catalyzing creativity in the classroom, on campus and in the community.
  • As a community of practice, share approaches to preparing students for the future and create educational materials to support the broader Adobe education community within the timeframe of the Summit.
  • Define relevant community-building strategies, tactics and roles to engage creative educators across the globe.
  • Develop and share product knowledge.


DAY ONE: ARRIVAL - Monday, July 18

  • Fly in to New York / New Jersey area. You are responsible for travel logistics from the airport to the hotel on arrival and to the airport on your final day.
  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm - Welcome Reception (location = Corkbuzz (13 East 13th St, NY, NY)

DAY TWO: EXPLORATION - Tuesday, July 19

  • 8:30am - 9:00: Breakfast @ Wollman Hall, The New School: 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011 (just one street over from Walker Hotel)
  • 9:00am - 9:30: Welcome, Intros, and Why We're Here
  • 9:30am - 12:00: Creative Catalyst Talks and Activity.
  • 12:00pm - 1:00: Lunch
  • 1:00pm - 4:30: Working Groups (click link below to read more about the Working Groups and scroll down below to see the assigned room schedule)

2:45pm - 3:00: Working Groups check-in, connect, ideate

  • 4:00pm - 4:30: Break & Food
  • 4:30pm - 5:15: Working Groups share and check-in
  • 6:00pm - 9:30: Dinner (Location = Sotto 13 (140 West 13th Street, NY, NY)

DAY THREE: NEXT STEPS - Wednesday, July 20

  • 8:30am - 9:00: Breakfast @ Wollman Hall, The New School: 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011 (just one street over from Walker Hotel)
  • 9:00am - 9:10: Goooood morning, welcome!
  • 9:15am - 11:15: Working Groups continued
  • 11:15am - 12:00: Working Groups presentations / discussions
  • 12:00pm - 12:30: Lunch
  • 12:30pm - 2:45: Adobe product learning sessions & workshops (see schedule & descriptions below)
  • 2:45pm - 3:00: Wrap-up & Departure
  • (Optional) 3:00pm - 5:00: Optional tour of The New School and Parsons (TBD)

Adobe Product Learning Sessions & Workshops

Working Groups

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the North America Leadership Summit?

Similar to last year's summits, summits are open to any current Adobe Education Leader as well as select members of other Adobe Education Community groups by invitation only. Space is limited at each event and we will follow up within a week from the deadline. We will maintain a wait list, if needed.

Do I have to attend the summit in my region, or can I attend summits in other regions?

You can attend any summit you like that works for your schedule. You can attend more than one summit, but preference will be given to participants who have not yet attended a summit if there is a conflict.

In what ways can I expect these leadership summits to be different from / similar to past AEL Institutes?

Similar to last year's summits, summits this year will continue the same structure and focus of being shorter and more intensive than past institutes. The focus will continue to be on building and strengthening our community of leaders, and to be inclusive of the regional members in which the summits are located. We will participate in hands-on activities with the goal of creating educational materials and resources within the timeframe of the Summit. Less emphasis will be placed on product training or presentations by Adobe staff in the formal agenda, and more focused on creating teaching and learning resources for the broader educator community on the Adobe Education Exchange and in your communities of practice.

Just like in past years, you can expect a warm, collegial and collaborative environment in which Adobe staff and community members work together to co-create a meaningful learning experience for all attendees. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves together to produce an engaging professional development experience trying new activities and creating together!

What costs are covered by Adobe, and what costs should I plan to cover myself?

ACCOMMODATIONS: We we are partnering with the Walker Hotel in Greenwich Village (formerly known as the Jade Hotel) for the event.

Adobe covers the cost of your lodging on Day One and Day Two. If you need to arrive early or stay late, your additional hotel stays are not covered by Adobe and are your responsibility. In similar fashion as last year, Adobe will cover the cost of shared rooms. If you prefer and request a single room, the additional charges will be your responsibility to pay for.

FOOD: Adobe covers all meals beginning with Welcome Reception (with heavy appetizers) on Day One and ending with lunch on Day Three.

TRANSPORTATION: You are responsible for your airfare and all your travel logistics from and to the airport.

Tell me more about shared rooms.

Yes, all rooms for all summits are double occupancy. You can select your roommate(s) during registration. Please have a back-up roommate choice in case your first choice of roommate is popular. If you have no preference on your roommate, just say so on the registration form. Details of the room sharing and registration form will follow shortly.

What should I know about New York City?

This year’s summit will be hosted at The New School in New York City, New York. The School is located mostly in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. Many educational institutions are located in the surrounding neighborhoods, and The New School provides an excellent space for us to gather as a community of practice in the very places that we practice our craft - a school! Learn more about The New School here:

When should I plan to arrive?

Our event officially kicks off at 6 pm on Monday, July 18. Plan to arrive at the hotel by 4 pm on July 18 to give yourself time to check in before dinner. There's no limits to things you can do in the city. We will share some ideas.

When should I plan to depart?

Our event officially ends at 3:00pm on Wednesday, July 20. Again, you are responsible for your transportation to and from the airport, so please schedule accordingly. Note that taxi services such as Lyft, Uber, and Taxis (there are probably many more!) are available throughout the city.

For those of you flying out later in the evening or night of Wednesday, July 20, we are working with The New School to schedule a tour of the campus and facilities. More details to follow.

How should I dress?

Dress will be casual. Weather in New York City in July can be hot and/or rainy, so please remember to bring a raincoat or umbrella. For weather conditions, you can visit:

What should I bring?

Because we are located in one of the world's largest cities, there are many stores and vendors where you can purchase amenities. Bring your computer or tablet to take notes and use Adobe's products, and if you’re selected as a Creative Catalyst speaker, bring your presentation. Bring a camera to take pictures and anything else you need to be comfortable, creative, and actively engaged.

What if I have dietary restrictions / special needs?

You will be able to tell us about your needs on a future registration form.

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