Adobe EDU Leadership Community N.America LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2017 #AEL17

Dates & Location

July 12-14, 2017

Adobe San Jose, 345 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95110



Education, schools, and classrooms continue to evolve. What is our role as educators? How do we prepare our students for success? How do we foster curiosity and facilitate creativity?

Let's create this together. Share your questions, thoughts, and ideas here before, during, and after the Summit:


  • Connect as a community of creative educators. Share and celebrate best practice examples of educators who are catalyzing creativity in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.
  • As a community of practice, learn from each other new teaching methods, strategies, lessons, and product knowledge.
  • Understand how Adobe is involved in Education and what's ahead.
  • Define relevant community-building strategies, tactics and roles to engage creative educators across the globe and on our Adobe Education Exchange.


...always a work-in-progress! This is an initial outline based on format of the three Regional Summits: EMEA, N.America, APAC

DAY ONE: ARRIVAL - Wednesday, July 12

  • Arrive in San Jose, California. You are responsible for travel logistics from the airport to the hotel on arrival and to the airport on your final day. Hotel is located at The Fairmont San Jose 170 South Market Street San Jose, CA 95113
  • Creative Recess! (Optional) - 2:30pm - 5:00pm - We are planning a casual get together for those who arrive in the morning/early afternoon. We'll create a pop up makerspace with a few new tech toys to tinker with Adobe software. We'll plan to meet in the lobby of Adobe San Jose office. Details will be emailed.
  • Night - 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Welcome Reception @ Adobe San Jose office, West Tower 2

DAY TWO: Thursday, July 13

  • 7:30am - 8:30: Breakfast - Park Conference Room @ Adobe
  • 9:00am - 10:00: Welcome, Why We're Here, Group Challenge
  • 10:00am - 11:15: 5-minutes of Fame (AEL talks)
  • 11:15am - 11:30: ----- BREAK -----
  • 11:30am - 12:15pm: Guest Speakers - Project Nimbus & Spark
  • 12:30pm - 1:20: ----- LUNCH BREAK -----
  • 1:30pm - 3:30: Creativity in my Classroom Workshops - West Tower Rooms, Floor 6
  • 3:30pm - 3:45: ----- BREAK -----
  • 3:45pm - 4:00pm: PR - we are here for you! - Park Conference Room
  • 4:00pm - 4:45: Roundtable Discussions on Education, Creativity, Trends, Policy
  • 4:45pm - 5:00: ----- BREAK ----- (go to Park Conference Room)
  • 5:00pm - 5:45: Roundtable Discussion Presentations
  • 5:45pm - 6:30: Downtime, walk back to hotel, ready for dinner
  • 6:30pm - 9:30: Evening @ The Tech Museum of Innovation (Meet in Fairmount Hotel Lobby to walk over)

DAY THREE: Friday, July 14

  • 7:30am - 8:30: Breakfast - Park Conference Room @ Adobe
  • 9:00am - 9:10: Goooood morning, welcome! - Park Conference Room
  • 9:05am - 9:15: 5 mins of Fame from Imani Cheers "How can we work with our colleagues and counterparts in Africa!"
  • 9:15am - 10:25: Creativity in my Classroom Workshops - West Tower Rooms
  • 10:30am - 10:45: ----- BREAK -----
  • 10:45am - 12:45pm: create-a-thon (bring projects you are already working on; dream up new projects and collaborations; connect & re-connect with peers; reflect, think, listen, create, build, show, instruct); Unconference
  • 12:45pm - 1:00: Presentations of Creations, Wrap Up, Closing
  • 1:00pm - 3:30: LUNCH & Product Insider Day Discussions with Adobe Product Teams

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the N.America Leadership Summit?

Similar to last year's Summits, Summits are open to any current Adobe Education Leader and Adobe Education Leader Emeritus 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 any stated registration/application 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, co-facilitated between you and Adobe Edu teams, 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; sometimes the goal may be to create educational materials and resources within the timeframe of the Summit, other times the goal may be to share peer-to-peer teaching and learning practices from our classrooms. Less emphasis will be placed on product training or presentations by Adobe staff in the formal agenda, and more focused on educators sharing their practice, connecting and planning future collaborations, and 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 Edu 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: 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. Adobe will cover the cost of a single room for you. If you plan to arrive earlier or stay later, the additional charges will be your responsibility to pay for. All participants will be staying at The Fairmont San Jose located at 170 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113. If you are planning to extend your stay or have questions about the hotel and travel, please contact Stephanie Brightwell with your additional details and for coordinating extra rooms.

FOOD: Adobe covers all meals beginning with Welcome Reception 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. Adobe will provide organized shuttle transportation between event locations, as needed.

When should I plan to arrive?

Our event officially kicks off at 6 pm on Wednesday, July 12. Plan to arrive at the hotel by 4 pm on July 12 to give yourself time to check in before the Welcome Reception. There's no limits to things you can do in the city.

For those of your arriving earlier in the day on Wednesday, July 12, you can always leave your bags at the hotel earlier. As mentioned in the above Agenda, we will be gathering for a casual conversation and activities in the afternoon on Wednesday, July 12 at Adobe San Jose offices. More details to come as we learn how many of you are arriving early.

When should I plan to depart?

Our event officially ends at 3:30pm on Friday, July 14. Again, you are responsible for your transportation to and from the airport, so please schedule accordingly.

How should I dress?

Dress will be casual. Weather in San Jose may be hot, so please dress accordingly. For weather conditions, you can visit:

What should I bring?

Bring your computer to take notes and participate in workshops and use Adobe's products, and if you’re selected as a speaker or workshop leader, please 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 the Summit Registration Form: Also, please contact Stephanie Brightwell


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