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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.
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
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.
Monique Coleman is most recognized as Taylor McKessie in the tremendously successful High School Musical franchise, as well as the 4th place contestant on season 3 of ABC's hit show, Dancing with the Stars. As an actress, she’s made guest appearances on such shows as Bones, Malcolm in the Middle, The Cleveland Show, and Disney Channel’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Additionally, Coleman has cohosted The View and appeared on The Today Show, Nancy Grace, Rachael Ray, Good Morning America, Regis and Kelly, Tyra, and Ellen.
On November 16, 2010 Monique was named the first ever United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. She then embarked on a self-initiated and self-funded 6 month global tour to empower and inspire young people through the Year’s theme of Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. Mrs. Coleman met with high level government officials including The President of Colombia, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, and Ministers of Youth and Education in Kenya, Chile, and Australia. Monique also volunteered with several UN entities including UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, ILO, and UNESCO to better understand issues such as Youth Employment, Reproductive Health, Human Trafficking, Women and Girl rights and Youth in Armed Conflict. The entire tour spanned 24 countries in a six month period and garnered major press attention from outlets like Australia’s Sunrise Morning Show, BBC, NHK, France 24, The Examiner, Brazil’s Channel 10 news, Bangkok Post, Jakarta Post and many others. Her aim was to raise awareness on the most pressing issues facing today’s youth, encourage young people to use their abilities to foster progress in their communities, and urge the international community to take responsibility on youth issues.
After the culmination of the International Youth Year, Mrs. Coleman continued to work closely on projects with UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO, USAID, and UN Foundation. She has been the keynote speaker or host at several major events including, World Youth Day (Madrid, Spain), Mashable - Social Good Summit (Manhattan, NY), World Peace Day (London, England), UNESCO Youth Forum (Paris, France), SayNo UNiTE, International Day of Peace at UN Headquarters, and most recently cohosted the World Leadership Dinner honoring Ted Turner and Desmond Tutu.
Coleman is a Peace One Day Ambassador and UN Foundation Girl Up Champion.
Monique is the Founder and Executive Producer of GimmeMo.com, an online talk show that empowers youth through safe conversation about issues pertinent to their development. She has used her 500K+ followers on Twitter to raise awareness about the MDGs, engage youth in conversation globally, and bring a voice to those who don’t yet have one. Mrs. Coleman has had the honor of interviewing influential leaders like Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and most recently Desmond Tutu.
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.
Jamira Burley is an advocate for civic engagement, comprehensive education reform and violence prevention, recent graduate from Temple University, with dual degrees in International Business and Legal Studies. Currently Jamira works as the Executive Director for the City of Philadelphia Youth Commission.
As an active and notable member of her community, she has made it her mission to employ her personal experiences as a driving force to improve the lives of others. Jamira currently holds a number of leadership positions locally and nationally. Ranked by the Philadelphia Daily News as a top-ten up and coming Philadelphian, Flying Kite Media labeled her as one of four Next Generational Leaders and the Philadelphia Tribune named her as a top 10 under 40.
She work has been featured in both print and online publications, to find out more information please visit www.jamiraburley.com.
Named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 young leaders and a global One Young World Ambassador, Jaxson studies at Western University in London, Ontario, double-majoring in global development and business administration.
Jaxson is an established social activist, and has spoken before audiences of over 5000 youth on positive change-making. Formerly a student trustee of the Peel District School Board, he served as CEO of the Ontario Student Trustees' Association, where he represented 2 million students across Ontario to the Ministry of Education.
He advises AstraZeneca Canada's Young Health Program, reaching over 50,000 youth and advocating for youth mental health nation-wide. He is the President of Impact Entrepreneurship Group, a decade-old organization that facilitates mentorship for young entrepreneurs across Canada.
Jaxson co-founded and is the Executive Director of the Student Voice Initiative, a national movement to give students a voice in their education, and he is passionate about creating avenues for young people to contribute to and succeed in their communities.
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.
As a public servant, Reshma harnessed the power of her office to promote civic engagement and government accountability. She spearheaded public projects aimed at spurring citywide job and economic growth, engaging immigrant communities, supporting small businesses, improving education, creating public empowerment, and using technology to vastly improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.
In June 2012, Reshma founded Girls Who Code, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to educate, inspire and equip underserved girls ages 13-18 with the skills and resources necessary to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The organization launched with investments from Twitter, General Electric, eBay, and Google.
Reshma is also the author of a new book on female leadership entitled Women Who Don't Wait in Line which will be released by Amazon Publishing in 2013.
In 2010, Reshma became the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress. She campaigned in New York’s 14th Congressional District as a passionate Democrat and community organizer.
As the daughter of refugees who fled the violence of Idi Amin's Uganda for the freedom of the United States, she has a personal interest in ensuring a political voice and economic opportunity for all Americans.
Reshma earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois, an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Anthony is the VP of Education for the Microsoft Corporation.
He manages Microsoft’s outreach to educational institutions to help them embrace technology in order to optimize learning environments and student achievement.
He also oversees the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education and its partnership and technology outreach efforts via the Worldwide Partners in Learning program, the Shape the Future initiative, and Public and Private Alliances programs.
He runs a site, Daily Edventures that focuses on global heroes in education and education reform.
He currently is on the board of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the National Community Education Association and Western Governors University.
Eric is the Principal at New Milford High School located in Bergen County, NJ. He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders embrace and effectively utilize technology.
He is passionate about establishing and fostering learning environments that are student-centered, collaborative, flexible, and prepare all learners to succeed in the 21st Century.
Eric has emerged as an innovative leader in the use of social media and web 2.0 technology as tools to engage students, improve communications with stakeholders, and help educators grow professionally.
Eric is a NASSP Digital Principal Award winner (2012), PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient (2012), winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award (20 12), Google Certified Teacher, Adobe Education Leader, ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar, co-author of "Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals" and "What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science", writer on education for the Huffington Post, co-creator of the Edscape Conference, sits on the FEA Board of Directors, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership.
Dell Empowers Youth with Technology Access, Support and Tools to Enhance
Today at Clinton Global Initiative University, Dell announced that more than 250,000 youth in 15 countries will be reached in 2013 as part of its Powering the Possible youth learning initiative.
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