Twenty-first Century Teaching, Learning Spaces the Focus of LHRIC’s Upcoming Non-Traditional Conference

It promises to be the most non-traditional of education conferences you can think of.

Attendees at the first activ-con 2017, an ambitious first-of-its-kind event to be held July 25 at the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center’s headquarters in Harrison, are not expected to participate in a “sit ‘n get” type conference.

Instead, they will use the LHRIC’s space, including its state-of-the-art Active Learning Center, with its focus on bistro furnishings, soft seating and areas for quiet learning, to go on a series of learning excursions and missions.

The activities will be centered around instructional design, space and technology as it applies to 21st century classrooms, teaching and learning.  

As well as using the ALC, other areas of the LHRIC’s facilities will be transformed into “active learning spaces” to accommodate the day’s innovative series of activities.

The conference is a joint effort between the LHRIC and the Great Prairie Area Education Agency, which is based in Iowa.

Prakish Nair, the founding president of Fielding Nair International, an award-winning, global leader in education planning and architectural design, will headline the event, in addition to Dr. Robert Dillon, director of Innovation Learning at The School District of University City in Missouri.

The New York-based participants will collaborate digitally with their counterparts in Iowa as they actively investigate opportunities, strategies and challenges involved in creating 21st century learning environments that support collaboration, community, creativity and curiosity.

Activ-con 2017 will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m on the third floor of the LHRIC’s facilities at 450 Mamaroneck Avenue in Harrison. Close to 100 educators from multiple school districts throughout the region will have a chance to talk to classroom furniture and technology vendors during the event.

To sign up, go to the LHRIC’s conference page at