• deepen

    with storytelling

    DEEPEN your insights into your own values to drive meaningful action, breaking down barriers across disciplines, institutions and businesses.

  • design

    for action

    DESIGN new solutions, and experiment with new approaches immediately.

  • dissent

    for positive change

    DISSENT from the status quo through a strengthened commitment to transformative learning.

Join a diverse group of educators, business leaders, students, and other influencers for an interactive day of experimentation, design, and reflection on what types of educational experiences facilitate truly transformative learning.  If you are someone who believes that our current model of education needs to change and you want to find ways to make that change happen, this event is for you.

We are living in an innovation economy where value (and our survival) are driven by bold and new ideas, and not the status quo. And yet, we continue to educate for a bygone era. Our current educational system, which relies predominantly on lecture-based classrooms and testing, is not preparing the next generation to thrive in an era where what you can conceive and do is more important than what you know. It’s holding us back as a society and as individuals.

We know what works based on research and experience. It’s a teacher who cares and hands-on experience that shape individuals in powerful ways, even in this time of AI and online learning. Teachers and mentors can empower young people to think big and take risks, start businesses, pursue global challenges with a vengeance, consider fields where they previously felt shut out, provide leadership for change, seamlessly cross over disciplines to seek answers and become life-long learners.

Why is our educational system so slow to change? In large part, because we haven’t changed the narrative of what really matters in education or delved into how to start rapidly making change. We haven’t partnered with industry and other leaders to engage their voices of influence and expectations. 

Remaking Education convenes educators, business leaders and non-profits together at the Paramount Center in the heart of Boston, MA. Talented and diverse innovators will tell deeply personal stories about their learning experiences, provoking important questions about what really matters in education and calling us to action.

A group of creative and passionate Olin and Emerson faculty and students have designed highly participatory and immersive “Break Free” sessions along three themes: DEEPEN, DESIGN and DISSENT.

This is a moment in time to collectively change the narrative and regroup to continue the challenging but exciting journey forward.  Be prepared for a truly out-of-the-box, transformative experience!



  • 8:00 am

    Wake-up Connections

  • 8:30 am


  • 9:00 AM

    Transformative Stories

  • 9:30 AM


  • 9:45 AM

    Hands-On Experiences, Round 1

  • 11:45 AM

    Stories to Sink Your Teeth Into Storytellers and Lunch provided

  • 12:45 PM


  • 1:00 PM

    Hands-On Experiences, Round 2

  • 2:30 PM


  • 2:45 PM

    Hands-On Experiences, Round 3

  • 4:30 PM

    Transformative Stories and Concluding Remarks

  • 5:15 PM

    Remaking Reception

  • 6:30 PM

    Conclusion of event

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Meet the Storytellers

  • Creator of a national index to measure educational outcomes that matter most

    Brandon Busteed
  • Passionate educator committed to transformative change

    Heather Jenkins
  • Ambassador for the student experience and advocate for equity

    Antonio Perez
  • Committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in STEM education

    Ellise LaMotte
  • Explores the boundaries of collaborative social design, engineering, adaptive technology and the politics of disability

    Sara Hendren
  • Former head of an innovative national food store chain; now using his business skills to provide affordable nutrition to those who need it most

    Doug Rauch
  • An arts reporter who believes that art doesn’t exist in a vacuum

    Maria Garcia
  • Grew up in the circus, ran away to join an office

    Jack Lepiarz
  • International defender of the value of an active liberal arts education

    Lee Pelton
  • Leads one of the country’s most successful single experiments in STEM education

    Richard Miller
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a bias toward action




We believe now is the time to change the narrative in education to what really matters and take action.

Remaking Education


What is Remaking Education?

Remaking Education is an event designed collaboratively by faculty, staff and students from Olin College of Engineering and Emerson College, schools that are recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in innovative higher education programs.  Both Olin and Emerson engage diverse populations of independent-minded students who, through their educational experiences, develop identity, agency, and purpose alongside technical expertise.  Whether through engineering or through communications, Olin and Emerson graduates will lead in professions that are profoundly shaping society and culture in the 21st century.  Together we want to create a movement for collective change.

Our objective is to raise awareness of the need for change in mindset about education among a diverse array of educators, corporate leaders, philanthropists, community builders, and other influencers.  Through a day of powerful stories about how students can be transformed and empowered by creative teaching and effective mentoring, interspersed with engaging, interactive, and fun experiences designed to provoke new ideas, participants will gain tools and strategies for becoming effective agents for educational change in their own  business, societal, and educational communities.

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challenging the narrative


Paramount Center

559 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

Enchantingly restored in lively Art Deco style, the recently renovated Emerson Paramount Center’s largest facility is a 596-seat theatre with a brand new stage. There is also a modern black box theater to host smaller productions and great parties.

Public Transportation is footsteps away. Street Parking is sparse but there are several public and private parking lots nearby.

 Nearby hotels include: Park Plaza, W Hotel Boston and Revere Hotel.

Please contact us with any specific accessibility requirements at remaking.education@olin.edu.