Ignite Conference

Ignite 2015

More details about Ignite 2015 are coming soon. In the meantime check out Ignite 2014 below.


Ignite 2014

About Ignite 2014

Ignite 2014 was held in Dallas, TX on July 24-26. Ignite 2014 consisted of two parts: the Volunteer Conference and the Educator Conference.  The Volunteer Conference began on Thursday night, July 24, with a welcome event and reception.  On Friday, July 25, there were training sessions much like the second day of Ignite 2013.


Some topics included:

  • Creating strong partnerships with your school district

  • Fundraising for small nonprofits

  • Strategic marketing and PR

  • Strategic planning for our program

  • Important education issues for the non-educator

  • Volunteer engagement and management

  • Working with underserved communities

  • New Affiliate Director training

  • Teaching project management skills

  • Board development

  • Training sessions for Team Managers

On Friday evening we held an Affiliate Awards Dinner at which the Destination Imagination, Inc. staff and Board of Trustees recognized the tremendous efforts put forth by our Affiliates.

 Innovative educators from across the US presented workshops geared toward professional educators.

Click here to download a PDF of the agenda and workshop schedule.



Friday, July 25, 2014
  • Social Media 101 for Non-Profit Leaders
  • Social Media 301 for Non-Profit Leaders
  • DI Leaders Forum – Sharing Best Practices
  • Getting to Know You: Building Community Relationships
  • Using DI’s Website and IT Systems to Your Best Advantage
  • Creating Strong Partnerships with School Districts
  • The Wells Approach to Team Manager Training
  • Evaluating Creativity – New Rubrics for Better Learning
  • Novice Team Manager Training – The Roadmap
  • Preparing to Train Experienced Team Managers
  • Instant Challenge: Building Better Teams and Solutions
  • more added daily…
Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • The Importance of 21st Century Learning - Keynote
  • Create a Dynamic Classroom Environment That Ignites Imagination, Innovation and Collaboration!
  • Flipping Creativity into Your Classroom: An Introduction to Flipped Learning
  • Playful Learning: Bringing Game-Based Learning to Your Classroom!
  • Innovations in Teaching and Learning
  • A Guide to Academic Competitions
  • The Invention Experience
  • Service Learning in the Classroom
  • Pathways Program for Pre-K and Kindergarten Classrooms
  • Pursuing Rigor through Meaningful Creativity
  • Deeper Learning through Global Collaboration Projects
  • Project Management in the Classroom
  • Exemplary 21st Century Learning: What is It?
  • The Maker Movement: Teaching Electricity in the Classroom
  • STEM Engagement for Students of Color
  • Using DI to Develop 21st Century Skills
  • Engineering is Elementary
  • Games and Inventive Technology: A New Day for Learning
  • Instant Challenge: Rapid Project Based Learning for Any Subject
  • Affirmation: A Relentless Focus on What is Going Right
  • Micromessaging to Reach and Teach Every Student


Friday Keynote Speaker: Cheryl "Action" Jackson

Cheryl “Action” Jackson is an award-winning philanthropist, trailblazer and million-dollar fundraiser with a true story of triumph to tell. As a catalyst of change and champion of comeback, Cheryl “Action” Jackson discovered her life’s mission through unforeseen adversity and setbacks. From being homeless and hungry to providing more than 3 million meals to families through Minnie’s Food Pantry, a charity dedicated in honor of her mother, Minnie Ewing. Minnie’s Food Pantry values and esteems families by providing a “red carpet” experience when they come on-site to receive food. The BET Network was moved by Jackson’s efforts and awarded the progressive charity with $30,000.

As a media maven and personality, Jackson produced weekly segments on ABC’s “Good Morning Texas” and was featured in “The Dallas Morning News” with her popular article, “Take Action.” Recently, she hosted a movie premiere segment on ET’s, “The Insider.” She also authored a memoir of her journey, “What in the World Are You Doing?” The Huffington Post honored Jackson as the “Greatest Person of The Day.”

But at the end of the day, Cheryl’s critical mission is to cry as the voice for the hungry and to hear as the heart and soul of hurting humanity. Her mission and message to the masses will continue to move forward through feeding and filling with unconditional love, compassion, hope, purpose, faith and, of course, action!



Keynote Speaker: Bernie TrillingSaturday Keynote Speaker: Bernie Trilling

The keynote speaker for Ignite 2014 is Bernie Trilling. Bernie Trilling is founder and CEO of 21st Century Learning Advisors, and the former global director of the Oracle Education Foundation, where he directed the development of education strategies, partnerships, and services for the Foundation and its ThinkQuest programs. He has served as Board Member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), co-chaired the committee that developed the highly regarded Framework for 21st Century Learning, and is currently a P21 Senior Fellow.  Bernie co-authored the widely acclaimed book, “21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times,” published by Wiley. He has also written dozens of articles for educational journals and magazines and is a featured speaker and workshop leader at numerous educational gatherings.  He will be leading sessions on Friday and Saturday, focusing on the importance of creativity in education and developing the next generation of innovative thinkers.

Affiliates are encouraged to use this conference as an opportunity to reach out to school systems with which they have or are seeking relationships.  Because this event offers training specifically for Team Managers and educators, a wide range of DI volunteers and other educators may be interested in attending this year.


The registration fees for Ignite 2014 are:

  • Full Event (Thurs-Sat) - $370
  • Volunteer Conference (Thurs-Fri) - $240
  • Educator Conference (Saturday only) - $150


Housing costs are separate from conference registration fees and are:

  • Double Occupancy - $65/night

  • Single Occupancy - $130/night

  • When registering, attendees will be able to choose their room preference as well as provide a roommate request, if applicable.



Transportation to and from the airport is included in the conference registration fees, provided that the attendee flies into Dallas Love Field or DFW International Airport, arrive Thursday, July 24 and depart Saturday July 26 or Sunday July 27, and is staying at the conference hotel.  Attendees that choose to stay at another hotel will not receive transportation during the event. The conference hotel is the Westin Park Central Hotel, 12720 Merit Dr, Dallas, TX 75251.