thelastoneFall Forum 2016: Year of Demonstration

December 1, 2, and 3, 2016

Providence, Rhode Island

Fall Forum 2016: The Highlights

reg buttonIn December 2016, the Coalition of Essential Schools will hold an extraordinary national gathering in Providence, RI, where our work began in 1984. Fall Forum 2016 will gather educators and advocates skilled at and committed to student-focused, teacher-led, equitable, and challenging learning.

The full Fall Forum schedule, with workshop and other session details, is online at 

The Fall Forum will take place at the Providence Omni Hotel. We have arranged for discounted hotel rooms at the Omni for Fall Forum registrants, if reserved by November 10, 2016. Please visit the Fall Forum hotel and travel page for more information. This will be CES’s final Fall Forum, and we expect to reach capacity. Please register as soon as you can to secure your place at CES’s conversation among friends.

Join us for this historic gathering as we reflect on the work of the Coalition of Essential Schools, the contributions of Ted Sizer and generations of CES educators, the inheritors and sustainers of CES’s work, and the future of schools led by the questions and passions of students and teachers.

Highlights include:

 Thursday, December 1 pre-conference events, including school visits to three of Rhode Island’s most innovative and successful schools; “Let’s Talk: Theodore Sizer and the Founding of the Coalition of Essential Schools” exhibit; and screening of the film Most Likely to Succeed followed by discussion with filmmakers, and local/national education change leaders

→ Educator- and student-led workshops aligned to five content strands: school design, student voice, classroom practices, community connections, and leadership/professional development. The full schedule of workshops is here:

Featured sessions and speakers José Luis Vilson, Linda Darling-Hammond, Nick Donohue, Dennis Littky, Deborah Meier, Nancy Sizer, Sam Seidel, Tony Simmons, Marc Chun, Linda Nathan, and more

→ “At the Copier” evening event with personal stories schools, the journey of CES, and the impact of the Common Principles

→ Open networking opportunities and small group sessions with national thought leaders

→ Progressive Ed Bookstore featuring the core CES collection of publications, along with book signings with CES authors

→ CES-specific networking and support


Conference Schedule

Please consult the full Fall Forum online schedule to plan your participation and travel.


Fall Forum Registration

CES Affiliates receive Fall Forum discounts, and affiliation is FREE! Visit the Join CES page to affiliate with CES and then come back here to register your team for Fall Forum.

Fall Forum registration fees:

CES Affiliate – $400 | Non Affiliate – $500 for December 1 pre-conference activities, and all Fall Forum December 2 and 3 events

One-day rates for either Friday, December 2 or Saturday, December 3: CES Affiliate – $200 | Non Affiliate – $250

Thursday, December 1 school visits are $150 per person, payable at registration

Ready to register? Let’s get started! Click here to register yourself and your team for Fall Forum 2016.

Am I an affiliate? To find out if you’re part of an affiliated school or organization, take a look at our list of 2015-2016 CES affiliates and/or 2016-2017 affiliates. If you’ve already registered as an individual affiliate for the 2015-2016 affiliation year, you’ll be receiving an email from CES with a Fall Forum registration code. Email us at with any questions about your affiliation status. Again, affiliation is free of charge, and you can affiliate your school or organization here.


Hotel and Travel

Please visit our hotel and travel page for Fall Forum travel and hotel information, including a link to discounted rooms at the Providence Omni Hotel. Please note that the $169/night discounted rate at the Omni ends on November 10, 2016.


Fall Forum Partners

This Fall Forum will be the last hosted by CES and will include as many of the organizations who have been connected to our work as possible. Fall Forum 2016 partner organizations include:


Exhibitors, Advertisers, and Sponsors

thanks-for-the-supportPlease visit our Fall Forum partners and supporters page to check out our generous sponsors, advertisers, and exhibitors.

We invite you to join that group! Become a Fall Forum sponsor, exhibitor, or advertiser to connect with CES to share information with the CES network. Click here for rates, deadlines, and more information: Fall Forum exhibitor, advertiser, sponsorship opportunities.