Transforming Education through
Storytelling and World Building
December 3-4, 2022
Join former Walt Disney Imagineer Brian Collins, Dr. Carissa Baker of the University of Central Florida, Dave Randle of Blue Community Consortium, and other special guests on a magical exploration of storytelling and world building. You will be inspired by spatial narrative experts to imagine a future where schools are the happiest places on Earth.
On Day 1, Dr. Carissa Baker, Brian Collins, Dave Randle, and others will lead you to think about ways to revise educational approaches with the principles of themed education design. Dr. Baker, a scholar who has written extensively on Disney’s Animal Kingdom, will explain what makes theme parks such transformative places. Brian Collins will regale you with stories of his time as a Disney Imagineer that will illustrate what theme parks can teach us about designing innovative learning spaces. Dave Randle will use his expertise and years of experience in nature conservation and sustainable development to tell Disney’s sustainability story.
On Day 2, Brian, Carissa, and Dave will lead you on a tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom including an African Safari and the spectacular Pandora: The World of Avatar. You will learn to “think like Walt” as you experience firsthand the power of enhancing learning experiences with compelling natural, built, simulated, virtual, and imagined environments.
Saturday, December 3 at Rosen College, University of Central Florida
9:00 am Welcome and Introductions: Dr. Martin Rayala, Ensō Education Institute
10:00 am Presentation: The Five Components of your Disney DNA by Brian Collins, former Walt Disney Imagineer
11:00 am Presentation: The Design and Narrative DNA of Disney’s Animal Kingdom by Dr. Carissa Baker, University of Central Florida
12:30 pm Lunch (on your own)
2:00 pm Presentation: Disney’s Sustainability Story by Dave Randle, Blue Community
3:00 pm Panel Discussion: Dr. Cory Rayala and special guests
6:00 pm Optional Dinner at Disney Springs
8:30 pm Optional Drinks and Fireworks Viewing at Paddlefish
Sunday, December 4 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
9:00 am Meet at Animal Kingdom (Outside at the Flagpole)
9:30 am Guided Tour of Animal Kingdom (Africa and Pandora)
12:00 pm Lunch at Satu’li Canteen
1:30 pm Continued guided tour of Animal Kingdom (Asia and Safari)
3:30 pm Wrap-up and Farewell
(Theme park entrance fees and meals are not included in event registration. Please note that park reservations must be made in advance.)
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