• 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.

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 lectured-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. It 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, 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.

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.

Fifty Olin and Emerson faculty and students have designed highly 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.



  • 8:00 am

    Wake-up Reception

  • 8:30 am


  • 8:45 AM

    ACT 1: Transformative Stories

  • 9:45 AM


  • 10:00 AM

    ACT 2: Break Free

  • 11:30 AM

    ACT 3: Stories to Sink Your Teeth Into Storytellers and Lunch provided

  • 1:00 PM


  • 1:15 PM

    Act 4: Break Free

  • 2:45 PM


  • 3:00 PM

    Act 5: Break Free

  • 4:30 PM

    Final Act and 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
  • Explores the boundaries of collaborative social design, engineering, adaptive technology and the politics of disability

    Sara Hendren
  • A physician, scientist and entrepreneur with a passion for making STEM education available to everyone

    Jeffrey Leiden
  • Leads one of the country’s most successful single experiments in STEM education

    Richard Miller
  • International defender of the value of an active liberal arts education

    Lee Pelton
  • 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
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a bias toward action



Remaking Education


What is Remaking Education?

Remaking Education is one of many efforts that Olin, Emerson and other educators are taking to raise awareness of the need for change in education. We hope to inspire action among faculty and students to design, experiment and reflect on what kinds of learning experiences really work. Olin and Emerson joined forces because both colleges practice hands-on learning with highly prized faculty-student connections. While Olin brings a reputation as the top current and emerging engineering education leader in the world, Emerson is internationally recognized as the nation’s premier institution of higher learning devoted to communication and the arts.

Together we want to create a moment for collective change.

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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.

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