NPDL Regional Deep Learning Lab 2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us on April 16-17, 2019 in Redmond, Washington!

Some of the United States’ most energized educators came together for two days of deep learning and collaborating at the NPDL Global Partnership’s inaugural USA Cluster Deep Learning Lab, hosted by The Learner First. Education leaders and teachers from across the cluster, including California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Utah and Washington State shared their learning and insights on how they are fostering deep learning so that all learners contribute to the common good, address local and global challenges, and flourish in a complex world.

Conference Goals

  • Build collaborative connections and partnerships
  • Deepen our understanding of Learning Design and Assessment
  • Examine the connections between Deep Learning, equity and well-being
Event Info

Deep Learning Lab Hours

The Deep Learning Lab will start as follows: 

  • Pre-conference service opportunity: Monday: April 15: 12:30-4:00pm (optional)
  • Tuesday, April 16: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Session starts promptly at 8:30 am.
    The Networking Reception will be from 4:30-6:00pm with light hors d’oeuvres.
  • Wednesday, April 17: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Session starts promptly at 8:30 am.

Coffee and tea will be served starting at 8:00 each day. Lunch will be provided. 

Getting to the venue

The USA Deep Learning Lab will be hosted at the Microsoft Building 83.

Address: 4480 154th Pl NE, Redmond, WA 98052

Parking will be limited so we are encouraging people to carpool if possible. See Parking instructions for more information.


Seattle Tacoma International Airport (SEA): 17801 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98158


We are grateful to Microsoft for providing us with our venue for this DLL. Please note that the venue is on a closed and secure campus so please follow instructions carefully regarding arriving at the venue.

  • Time: Registration will open on Tuesday, April 16th at 8:00am PST. Building 83 does not open until 8:00 am. Coffee and tea will be served from 8:00am. 
  • Venue: Microsoft Building 83 – 4480 154th Pl NE, Redmond, WA 98052
  • Please note: All attendees must bring Photo ID to access DLL venue. 


Dress for the event will be business attire.


We will be utilizing digital to access many resources and tools during the DLL. Please bring a laptop, tablet, phone or other device each day.

Networking Reception 

Tuesday,  April 16, 2019

All Deep Learning Lab Attendees are invited to join us in a Networking Reception on Tuesday, April 16 immediately following the day’s activities at 4:30-6:00pm. This is a great opportunity to connect with other NPDL partners.

Food and Drink

Lunch and some light refreshments will be provided to all registered attendees of the DLL each day.  If you have any dietary concerns, please contact Catie Schuster ( Breakfast will not be provided, so guests are encouraged to eat prior to the morning session or bring something with them.

Redmond, Washington Weather 

Be prepared for rain and hope for sun!

Weather in Seattle / Redmond this time of the year is always a surprise. The average daily temperature expected in April is 59ºF, dropping to an average temperature of 43ºF. April can be very wet in the area so we recommend packing a rain coat.

No Longer able to attend?

If for some reason you are unable to attend, our refund policy is as follows:

  • After April 1, 2019 – No refund will be issued but registration can be transferred to another individual who can take your spot. If you need to cancel or transfer your registration, please contact Catie Schuster (
  • NDPL and the Learner First is not responsible for reimbursement of any hotel or travel related costs. Please contact your hotel or airline directly to cancel any bookings.

Parking is limited on campus and we encourage carpooling whenever possible.

If you are driving, it’s recommended that you park in Building 50, which is located next door to Building 83. It’s a short walk to Building 83. Guest parking is on the second floor. Read full parking instructions and view parking map.

  • Building 50 address for parking: 4001 156th Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052

Personal Vehicle

For attendees who will be driving their personal car, please register your car prior to arriving on campus. Deadline to pre-register your car is April 11th.

Renting a Vehicle
If you are renting a vehicle, you will need to register once you get to Building 83. Please arrive by 8:00am in order to register your car. To register your vehicle, you will need to provide the following information: License Plate Number, Make and model, Year, Color of car.


Keynote: Joanne McEachen

Joanne McEachen is the Founder and CEO of The Learner First and the Global New Measures Director of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) global partnership. In partnership with NPDL, Joanne developed measures of each of the “6Cs” (character, citizenship, collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking) as part of a comprehensive suite of tools designed to support the implementation, development, and measurement of deep learning. Her authentic mixed-method approach to assessment emphasizes the development of equitable learning outcomes for every student through relevant and engaging deep learning experiences.

Keynote: Max Drummy

Max Drummy has over 25 years’ experience as a teacher, school and system leader across Australia, Southern China and the USA. Max co-led the Australian New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Cluster between 2013 and 2016, establishing and enabling a powerful national network committed to re-imagining education. Max is now based in Seattle in as a Global Capacity Building Facilitator with NPDL and supports schools and systems across Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Uruguay the USA as they strive to create educational environments and practices that foster deep learning, so that all learners contribute to the common good, address global challenges and flourish in a complex world.

Keynote: Mark Sparvell

Mr. Mark Sparvell is a global award winning expert in Education. As Senior Manager, Education Marketing on the Worldwide Education team at Microsoft Corporation, Mark works with education leaders and organizations globally to identify innovative leading and teaching practice. Mark is deeply involved in ensuring work is grounded in evidence, is credible and reflects the lived experiences of educators globally.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

The conference will combine a series of keynotes and breakout session over the two days of the Deep Learning Lab. Breakout sessions will feature presentations from NPDL school across the United States that showcase and share the amazing work they are doing.

For a complete list of the Insight Sessions, read the Full Program here.

Leading Coherence-Making for Deep Learning
Joanne Quinn, NPDL Global Director
Explore a coherence framework for intentionally linking coherence-making, leadership and deep learning to develop learners who can innovate, apply thinking to new situations and contribute to the betterment of humanity.

Finding Purpose at the Intersection of Deep Learning and Well-Being
Mag Gardner, NPDL Global Capacity Building Facilitator
In this facilitated session we will explore the connections between well-being and Deep Learning and how we can cultivate opportunities and practical conditions to optimize learning for everyone. Come prepared to contribute your perspectives and learn from the group…and leave ready to bustle boldly in your organization.


Nearby Hotels and Lodging

Guests will be responsible for booking their own accommodation and transportation to and from the venue. There are many hotel options in the area but here are several hotel options within a couple of miles from the venue.

Closer to amenities in Redmond

Cost Effective


Will meals be provided?

Lunch will be provided each day to attendees. If you have any dietary requirements, please send information to Catie Schuster (

Do you have a conference hotel?

There is not a specific hotel being used for this conference. Attendees are responsible for booking their own accommodation and transport to and from the venue.

Do I need to be from the United States to attend?

No. This event is open to everyone while space is available. Once space is sold out, we will have a wait list available.

Is there parking available at the venue?

There is parking available on site. Space may be limited so we recommend carpooling if possible. For more information on parking, please contact Catie Schuster

Are there opportunities to do a school visit?

There are some opportunities for school visits on April 15th or April 18th, 2019. For more information or how to sign up, please contact Catie Schuster ( Space for school visits is limited so we will have a wait list based on availability and interest.

What if I can no longer attend the USA DLL?

If you are unable to attend the conference, please send cancellation notice information to Catie Schuster (

Cancellation Policy
-Before March 22, 2019 – Full refund: notice must be sent prior to March 22, 2019.
-March 23-April 5, 2019 – 50% Refund
-After April 5, No Refund available

For any additional inquiries, please reach out to