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Technology makes it possible for students to have a voice in education. An idea born from a group of students connecting on social media, we’ll bring together all stakeholders in the learning community to hear young leaders’ ideas to innovate education plus other issues of importance to them and develop strategies to achieve them.
Student Voice Live!

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM ET Opening Session
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM ET Collaboration
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ET Think Tanks - Round 1
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM ET Think Tanks - Round 2
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET Collaboration
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET Closing Session

From Home to School to Community: Fostering the Student Voice
Students will work with parents, administrators, community leaders and fellow students to develop an understanding of best practices and next steps for enhancing and empowering a culture of student voice no matter the place or time. Students will leave with a deeper understanding of how they can work with relevant stakeholders and all will leave with ideas of how to include students in decision making and discussion.

Uncommon Routes of Learning
Education and learning from K-20 go beyond the four walls of a classroom or a lecture hall and many times look different than what we think of as traditional schooling. Yet, these formats are not widely discussed or adopted. Homeschoolers, dropouts, stop-outs, on-line learners, students from alternative schools as well as teachers and parents of these students will share their path to teaching and learning. Attendees will leave with a new understanding of these approaches and the possibilities they may hold for the future of learning.

Education and Entrepreneurship*
“Entrepreneur” is defined as: A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risk to do so. The words “finance” and “business” are prominently used in the definition, but a common theme amongst successful entrepreneurs is rather their initiative and passion to achieve a dream. How can students promote entrepreneurship and incorporate it into their learning and even changing the way we think about education today. Participants will discuss how entrepreneurship and education should and, in some respects, already do intertwine plus provide real-life examples and best practices of how this is happening today.

The Path to Personalized Learning: What makes for a great education?*
Even though every student has a unique learning experience and needs, there are many mutually held values and behaviors that make a ‘great education.’ What makes it ‘great’ for me, may differ for you, but do we all agree that learning should be personalized to each individual’s unique needs? Do we believe that curriculum in school should not be considered separate, yet integrated into everyday life? Participants will identify the key pillars that contribute to a positive learning experience and the path to personalized learning.

Why Your Voice Matters
Participants will share experiences of exercising their voices in both official and unofficial ways on issues of importance to them personally and/or to their communities. While student government in schools can officially represent students, it’s imperative that all students are equipped with the skills and opportunities to learn how best to convey opinions on their own that can create change. We’ll learn about best practices and create a toolkit for putting thoughts into action.

*will be live-streamed on April 13

Event Hosts

Colton Bradford


Colton Bradford is an upcoming radio & television personality. As a student at the University of South Alabama, he is majoring in broadcast journalism. Colton spent his last two years of high school volunteering for a local radio station, while at the same time hosting television shows for his school system's TV network, a network that broadcast to over 67,000 youth in the area.

In his first year as a college student, Colton was invited by NBC News to claim a place on their youth panel for "Education Nation" alongside former Today show co-anchor Ann Curry. In 2012, Colton signed on with Clear Channel Media, the largest media company in America, and became one of the youngest radio personalities for the media giant. You can listen to Colton weekdays on the legendary WKSJ (95KSJ) morning show: The 95KSJ Breakfast Club, with the iHeart Radio app.

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Jenks

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Jenks is an award-winning filmmaker, host of MTV’s critically-acclaimed series “World of Jenks,” and author of Andrew Jenks: My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker.

In 2010, Jenks created the innovative documentary series “World of Jenks” for MTV. In each 30 minute episode, we saw Jenks live with a different person (from a homeless teen to a rapper) for a week, giving audiences a glimpse into their lives. With more than one million viewers per episode, the first season of "The World of Jenks" was a strong addition to MTV's lineup.

The second season of “World of Jenks” not only follows the unforgettable journey of three young people over six months, but also follows Jenks’ journey as being a part of their lives. It premiered March 4, 2013 as the #1 series in its timeslot among 12-34 year-olds. In Season 2’s new one-hour format, Jenks follows the lives of D-Real, Chad and Kaylin, and along the way, gives viewers a raw look at their struggles to overcome the constant threat of gun violence, the challenges of living with autism, and battling the fear of cancer returning at such a young age. The show airs Monday nights at 11:00pm EST/PST on MTV.

Scholastic released Jenks’ first book on March 1, 2013: Andrew Jenks: My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker, a collection of personal stories and anecdotes, along with Jenks' own photographs and images of sentimental memorabilia, and inspiring life lessons.

Jenks led MTV’s Election coverage by informing, engaging and amplifying the voices of his generation throughout the 2012 election. As the face of MTV's “Power of 12” campaign, Jenks spoke with young voters around the country, elevating the issues they care about through a series on-air and online MTV News interview. The “Power of 12” campaign launched in December 2011 with Jenks' short-form documentary, “Our Voice,” which brought the voices of young voters directly to GOP candidates. On October 26, Jenks appeared on MTV’s “ASK OBAMA LIVE: An MTV Interview with the President.” He has also appeared on major broadcast news programs on channels including CNN, Larry King Now and MSNBC as an expert on young people and politics.

When Andrew was 16, he founded the Hendrick Hudson Film Festival, which has since become one of the biggest high school film festivals in the United States. At age 19, Jenks made his first film, HBO's “Room 335,” moving into an assisted-living facility to capture "the meaning of life" from its elderly residents. The New York Daily News wrote, “It's almost impossible to believe that a kid could produce a documentary like this. It is a gorgeous, hilarious, sad, wonderful, unblinking look at the joy of life - even at the end of it ... Bravo, Andrew Jenks. Brilliant.” The New York Times also praised the film, writing that “Jenks takes his camera into a world that is usually invisible and shines a light on a population that many of us would just as soon forget.”

At 21, Jenks spent seven months in Japan filming the ESPN documentary, “The Zen of Bobby V,” which profiled American baseball manager Bobby Valentine as he managed the Chiba Lotte Marines. The film premiered at the 2008 TriBeca Film Festival and, competing against 130 films, was in the top 10 percent for audience award voting. Ain't It Cool News called the film “a most intriguing journey on the other side of the world … with a fine balance between praise and perspective, painting a great portrait that makes this viewer want to have a satellite hookup to catch Japanese baseball.”

Jenks is currently writing and developing feature films, and resides in New York.


Session: Uncommon Routes of Learning

Melissa Jun Rowley, Incentivize, Inc.
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Melissa Jun Rowley is an award-winning journalist, on-air host, and content strategist with a passion for all things tied to the convergence of technology and social innovation. She is currently the creator of a social impact series following a group of brilliant young people as they use STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) to advance humanity. A former producer for CNN and the Associated Press, Melissa has flown in zero gravity at NASA, produced business updates from the New York Stock Exchange, and field produced coverage of the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and Grammys. Her online work encompasses features for Mashable, Village Voice Media, Discovery News, BlogHer, MTV Act, Cisco's Technology News Network and the Smart+Connected Communities Institute. She blogs about social change, CSR, and STEAM on her blog Incentivize.us. Splitting her time between New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Melissa is a compulsive traveler and a great lover of jazz, poetry, rock 'n' roll, and all the wild at heart.
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