The Gathering for Education Change-Makers

Join us for two days of collaborative problem-solving with teachers and school leaders. Gain teaching and facilitation skills in inquiry-based learning, then apply for a pilot grant to support an OpenCitizen program in your classroom.

Calling all classroom innovators

We’re looking for middle and high school teachers and leaders seeking new ways to engage their students!

At the second annual OpenCitizen Gathering, you’ll gain skills in teaching and facilitating inquiry-based learning, and you’ll leave with a plan for bringing this type of learning to your school or classroom. Plus, all attendees will be eligible to apply for pilot funding to support implementation.

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OpenCitizen Gathering 2023

March 18–19, 2023
ASU Skysong Campus in Scottsdale, Arizona


Welcome Reception & Dinner (optional)

Join us for a welcome reception and dinner! Meet and chat with fellow educators and the ASU team.

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Check-in & Breakfast

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

Welcome & Kick-off

Meet the OpenCitizen team and learn about our vision and goals for the weekend.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

What is OpenCitizen?

Lindy-Elkins Tanton will explain the OpenCitizen process, pedagogy, and impact.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Testimonial Talks

Hear from real teachers and school leaders who have used OpenCitizen and student-led inquiry learning in their classrooms.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM


10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Dive-in: Experience OpenCitizen

Experience a mini OpenCitizen process from the learner’s perspective.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

OpenCitizen Facilitation Masterclass: Part 1

Learn how to facilitate an OpenCitizen process.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Synergy I


3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Interactive Skills Workshops

Build skills in student-led inquiry learning techniques.

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Piloting OpenCitizen

Learn about the OpenCitizen piloting process and how to apply for funding to support an OpenCitizen program in your classroom.

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Day 1 Wrap-up & Reflection

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM


5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Breakfast & Networking

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
Synergy II

Welcome & Day 2 Kick-off

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Interactive Skills Workshops

Build skills in student-led inquiry learning techniques.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

OpenCitizen Facilitation Masterclass: Part 2

Learn how to facilitate an OpenCitizen process.

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Integrating OpenCitizen in your Classroom

Leave with a plan for bringing an OpenCitizen process and student-led inquiry techniques to your classroom.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Share-outs & Lingering Questions

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Wrap-up & Next Steps Exercise

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Meet the speakers


Maria Anguiano
Executive Vice President, ASU Learning Enterprise

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Tara Chklovski
Founder & CEO, Technovation


Lindy Elkins-Tanton
Principal Investigator, NASA Psyche mission; ASU Vice President and Co-chair, ASU Interplanetary Initiative; Co-founder, Beagle Learning


Alexis Hope
Designer & Researcher, MIT Media Lab Lifelong Kindergarten Research Group

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Michael Littig
Co-Founder, Zuckerberg Institute


Nakeyshia Kendall
​Founder & CEO, MindCatcher


Randy Mahlerwein
Assistant Superintendent, Mesa Public Schools


Laura McBain
K12 Lab Director of Community and Implementation, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University


Meg Riordan
Chief Learning Officer, The Possible Project


What is the application process?

All participants must first apply to attend the OpenCitizen gathering. The applications will be reviewed, selected then invited to register for the OpenCitizen gathering taking place Nov 12-14, 2021 at Arcosanti.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through September 30, 2021.

When are the applicants selected and notified?

Applicants will be selected and notified by October 8, 2021.

Is there an age limit to applying?

Yes, applicants must be 18 years or older.

How much does it cost to attend?

The Gathering has a three-tiered pricing model:

  • Pay-it-forward [Industry rate] $1,500.00
  • Bring-the-goods [Academic and non-profit rate] $850.00
  • Seed-the-future [Student rate] $300.00

Your registration fee covers your ticket, your accommodations for two nights, and six meals throughout the weekend. We also have a limited number of needs-based scholarships available. Please indicate on your application if you will require a scholarship to attend.

Do I need to have a team or project to participate at the OpenCitizen Gathering?

We welcome all. No prior project ideas or teams are required to participate.

Are my meals and accommodations included in my registration cost?

Yes, your meals and accommodations are included in the registration package.

Can I take photographs and video footage?

Yes, you may take photos and videos for personal purposes, though any photography or videography intended for commercial use must have prior approval. We ask that you be respectful of residents and employees; Arcosanti is private property and the home and workplace of almost 80 residents. OpenCitizen team will have professional photographers/videographers on site to capture the weekend gathering. All participants will be asked to sign a photo/video release waiver.

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