Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Next Great Idea (EdCon 2013)

Alyssa Gallagher, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, pulled together a fabulous, fantastic, amazing event.  EdCon 2013 was an amazing event, and not just because it got kids to voluntarily attend school for three days after school got out for the summer.

I'll let Alyssa tell folks about the exciting outcomes, but I wanted to share one piece that really struck me.  On Saturday morning, we Skyped with Angela Maiers, an advocate for students.  She had a lot of great things to say, but this was the thing that really resonated with me:

The world doesn't care where the next great idea comes from.  It doesn't matter whether you're a 6 year old, a 16 year old, a a $6M company.  The world will evaluate the idea, and if it's great, it's going to take off.

Her timing was perfect, because we then listened to the recommendations of 70 students who'd spend several days thinking about how to improve our schools.  I'll let Alyssa explain the great ideas, and how we're going to take action on them in the 2013-14 school year.  But I have to admit, I was blown away at how valuable the feedback really was.

{Note.  This post was drafted in June 2013, but through an error wasn't posted on time.  I've back dated the post so that it appears correctly in the feed.}