Transform Education with Innovative Educators
Thanks to the outstanding Liberty Leads Conference here in KC, I had the opportunity to experience the positive vibes and eduwisdom of George Couros. I also got to meet him. It was a good day! The title of his keynote was "Innovate, Create, Voice." I left today with a stretched mind and a happy heart. He used pictures, videos, and personal stories to convey messages about education and learning, quite masterfully I might add. I was (and still am) inspired.
George said the biggest gamechanger in education is innovation. He said we need educators with innovative mindsets. We should work to foster innovation in schools.
We've got something going on in Kansas City that is building innovation in education! Read on, my friend.
I ventured to CityCampKC on May 31, 2014. I went there a stranger. I left with a bunch of new connections and people I now call friends. How would CityCampKC compare to EdcampKC, KC's education unconference which I help organize? (Check out my Flickr Set below by clicking the arrow on the right of the picture.)
What would I learn about my city? The goal of CityCampKC was to make KC the best it could be. Sessions revolved around innovation/entrepreneurship/startups, community, and the word 'collisions.' The more collisions we create between people in KC, the more opportunities for conversation, collaboration, and growth. (The word 'collisions' made me laugh initially, but the word is visually lodged in my brain!)
Attendees filled in the session board at CityCampKC in the morning, just like at an edcamp. The sessions were 30 minutes in length and four rooms were used.
I learned that coding is important, but that other tech skills should be taught. I learned I didn't know enough about my city. I learned my community wants to help educators and kids. I learned, yet again...to simply ask! Finally I learned about our Open-Source "KC" letters used by city government and many other folks, including CityCampKC and now EdCampKC 2014. We are changing our EdcampKC logo to incorporate our open source KC letters. After seeing the rocking' t-shirts at CityCampKC made by Bandwagon Merchandise, EdcampKC is going with Bandwagon Merchandise design and tees.
1 Million Cups comes into the picture (1MC)
One startup I learned about at CityCampKC was 1 Million Cups. 1MC, a non-profit started a few years ago at the Kauffman Foundation, is now in over 40 cities! 1 Million Cups is a WEEKLY entrepreneurial meeting in which two startups share their story for six minutes each, followed by 20 minutes of large group discussion and Q&A. 1MC builds community. Before 1 Million Cups, entrepreneurial students at Kauffman met 1/month. If you missed a meeting, you didn't collide with people for 60 days.
I met and talked with Nate Olson, co-founder of 1 Million Cups, during CityCampKC. He is passionate about reaching into the education world, to increase collisions, conversation, and innovation in teachers. In fact, 1 Million Cups is piloting 1 Million Cups EDU this summer, informal meetings of educators and citizens Wednesdays at 8am. I've attended all meetings but one. I have learned new vocabulary. I see examples of innovation in education weekly. I am thinking along new pathways. 1 Million Cups EDU is the same format at 1MC. Two people/groups share at each meeting for 6 minutes each. They can share apps, programs, or just ideas and then get feedback.
Wed., July 23 Innovation/Education Lineup at 1 Million Cups in KC
George Couros' statement about the need for innovation in education is rolling here in Kansas City at the Kauffman Foundation.
Join me for Education, Innovation, and Coffee Wednesday morning at #1mc and #1mcEDU. I know it's early but the coffee is good and it doesn't run out...just like our passion for elevating kids and communities.
A little French Press and French Pop music at Chez Elle in KC.