Dr. Hughes is a pediatric neuropsychologist and director of the Center for Research on Developmental Education, based in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is an advocate for activity-based, developmental education and is a frequent speaker and consultant to educational organizations around the world.
In the United States and around the world, calls for education reform continue to come from parents, students, teachers, and policymakers. In his presentation Getting Education Reform Out of the Box, Dr. Hughes will demonstrate that the basic assumptions of our current education framework need to be reexamined; in fact, the framework itself may be the problem. Dr. Hughes will show how an entirely different framework—first articulated by Dr. Maria Montessori over a hundred years ago—conforms to what we now know about optimizing social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development. It’s an entirely different framework—and an effective one. It's where education must look for real answers to the crisis in education.