Fall Forum 2015: Connecting Conversations

November 5 – 7, 2015
Portland, Maine



When you join CES, you join a conversation about what it means to bring your best professional self to the children, families, and communities you serve. But we know that CES isn’t the only conversation you’re having and we know that we’re not the only ones having this conversation.

FALL FORUM 2015: Connecting Conversation is about bringing together long-time CES members with new voices and building new networks of like-minded change agents including students, parents, community activists, and civic leaders.  We want to build a coalition that extends beyond our own because we’re more powerful when we work together!  Please invite your colleagues to join us in Portland, Maine for a chance to learn, make new connections and explore this historic community!

View the Schedule

The Fall Forum Schedule is Online!

We are using a new website that allows participants to check out the schedule, create an account, and plan their CES Fall Forum experience.  You can tag sessions you plan to attend, network with other Fall Forum attendees, and quickly navigate through the three days.

Desktop: Online CES Fall Forum Scheduler

Mobile: Mobile CES Fall Forum Scheduler

Venue/Hotel Information

The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel
157 High Street · Portland, Maine, 04101 · United States
Phone: 207.775.5411

Registration Fees

CES Affiliate – $450
Non Affiliate – $450
Student – $100

Refund and cancellation policy.

Keynote: Kim Carter, Executive Director of the Q.E.D. Foundation

Kim Carter PicConnected Conversations
The Coalition of Essential Schools has its roots in conversation: a conversation among schools of the core ideas in Ted Sizer’s book Horace’s Compromise.  More than any other source in my life, the Coalition gave hundreds, perhaps thousands, of educators knowledge and skills for meaningful dialogue around meaningful topics. Those ideas, those conversations – and more importantly, the knowledge and skills for meaningful dialogue – are as essential today as they were 31 years ago.  After a brief look at CES roots, we’ll take a look forward at the skills we need for dialogue for our emerging future.  Read more about Kim here.

Pre-Conference Information

School Visits: School Visits have been a long standing feature of the Fall Forum. What better way is there to take our practice public and to demonstrate what the 10 Common Principles look like in action than to open our doors to each other?

Pre-Conference Workshops:

  • CES Student Summit: Five Freedom Fighters for Democracy and Equity
  • School Visits

Click here for more details.

 edcamp CES!


We are excited to be organizing our first CES edcamp as part of the 2015 CES Fall Forum. Thank you to Yarmouth High School for hosting and to Eagle Rock School for sponsoring the shuttle buses to and from the Westin! Learn  more about edcamp CES here.


A Call for Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Advertisers!

Each year, the Coalition of Essential Schools—a national school restructuring and reform organization active for over 30 years and representing hundreds of school and support organizations nationwide—hosts Fall Forum, gathering the most innovative teachers, principals, university professors, policy-makers, business leaders, and students from around the country and beyond.

Fall Forum 2015 will convene at the Westin Hotel in Portland, ME November 5-7, 2015. We invite all organizations, causes, and companies eager to connect with our audience of 500+ educators, school leaders, and district administrators to sponsor, exhibit, or advertise at Fall Forum…[Read More]


Connecting Conversations

Making change in schools is challenging, rewarding work.  At the Coalition of Essential Schools, we understand that it is work best done collaboratively, with like-minded colleagues and partners.  We are please to have the following organizations join us at this years Fall Forum.
Paideia Active Learning, Ashville NC

Previous Fall Forums

Fall Forum 2014