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Innovating Public School: What Makes Good Ideas Grow? FULL

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For several centuries, the secondary school curriculum changed little. The basics of western literature and history, algebra and geometry, chemistry, biology, and physics were predictably implied by a high school degree, as were a familiarity with certain rituals: lunch in the cafeteria, team sports, homework, and school dances. But now every year, the goal posts for young adults seem to shift. Coding skills, grit, flipped classrooms, social intelligence, and STEM, vocational experiences, entrepreneurship - every few months a new developmental imperative captures headlines, even as educators struggle to teach foundational literacy and numeracy. What does today’s high school graduate really need to know - and, more importantly, how can we support educators in adapting old institutions to the needs of today’s world?

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Eric Reese

Director of Training, John Hopkins University
Working on data literacy, community engagement, and training with governments (mostly cities) around the world.

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Katie Boody

CEO, The Lean Lab
A native of Kansas City, Katie Boody has worked in public education in KCMO since 2008. She was a charter corps member of Teach For America Kansas City, a founding member of C.A. Franklin’s middle school team in Kansas City Public Schools, a founding teacher at Alta Vista Charter... Read More →
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Debra Socia

Executive Director, Next Century Cities
Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. More than 150 cities strong, Next Century Cities is committed... Read More →
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Keaton Wadzinski

Executive Director, ReinventED Lab
Keaton Wadzinski is a fourth year student at the University of Virginia studying education innovation and social entrepreneurship. He is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit ReinventED Lab (reinventedlab.org). Keaton hosts K-12 design sessions as a Design Project Facilitator... Read More →


Lindsay Riordan

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Room J112 Jefferson School City Center 1st Floor Jefferson School City Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903