Disruptive Innovation in Education

Disruptive Innovation in Education

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Education in its current form hasn't changed since its standardization in 1892. If you're anything like me, you'd like to shake some of that up a little bit. We've got to do something better/different/unique/special/well....innovative.

Coined by Clayton M. Christensen of Harvard University. Disruptive innovation in education is:

  1. the catalyst for bringing about more equitable access to high-quality education.

  2. is the mechanism for bringing about a personalized education system

  3. a process to circumvent the political battles that have historically been at the center stage of education reform.

Come ready to learn, connect and disrupt while we study together, connect with experts and create a little disruption of our own.

Cohort Overview

September 5:30pm- How disruption is done in other sectors (Business, Healthcare, etc.) and what education can learn from them.
October - Disrupting Class - Key takeaways, disruptive roundtable
November - Activists and Activism - How productive disruption leads to change
December - Now what?, introduce a disruption project, Introduce the Mastermind Process, Create Momentum.

*Specific Dates to be determined as speakers/venues are finalized.

Benefits of Joining the cohort

  • Meet other Disruptors in our region

  • Learn about Disruptive Innovation in Education

  • Have an online community to share resources, ideas, and connections

  • Receive a copy of the book "Disrupting Class"

  • Connect beyond the cohort on a "Disruption Project" of your own through a Mastermind Group structure

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Books and Brew - Jackson MO

Books and Brew - Jackson MO

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Are you a lifelong learner? Of course you are....

Do you enjoy socializing with others? Well, yes 

Then Books and Brew is for you!  Join us for an afternoon enjoying handcrafted wines or beers and handcrafted words that will impact the way you teach. Similar to pairings with wine and cheese, books will be paired with a corresponding brew. Books will be available to peruse along with a summary and description of how they are similar to the brew they had been paired with. Educators are encouraged to sample the books and share the professional reading they have partaken with others. Each participant will receive one free drink. Books will be available as prizes following the conclusion of the event.

Become a "Learning Sommelier" with us!

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MADE: For Educators

MADE: For Educators

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Makers. Artists. Designers. Entrepreneurs.  All have a space in MADE.

Join Connected Learning and innovative educators to make, connect and learn!  

One price gets you three awesome experiences:

  1. Screen Printing Experience - Use a screen (already prepared with your logo) to print on one side of a tote bag, then design your own heat-transfer vinyl image, cut it on the vinyl cutter, and apply it to your bag.

  2. Plasma Cutting Experience- Draw your own design on a steel plate, then watch the sparks fly as you cut it out with a plasma torch.

  3. Glass Etching Experience - Make your own design on the computer, then watch the laser etch your glass (choose a wine glass or beer stein).


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What is MADE?

UNgala: Formally Informal

UNgala: Formally Informal

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Join us for a fundraising event UNlike anything you’ve ever been a part of.

Formal speeches = nope,

Formal attire = nope,

Rubbery chicken = nope.

Real conversations about real learning, YES!

The 2nd annual UNgala supports the work of Connected Learning: a STL non-profit connecting educators and transforming schools. Celebrate the best in education innovation with us as we disrupt the typical gala experience with a night of creativity, interactive maker stations, and delicious food and drink!

Check out the amazing night we had last year!

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Social Justice in Education: Coming Together through Conversation

Social Justice in Education: Coming Together through Conversation

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The Connected Learning team, in partnership with the University City School District, will be the organizing partner in creating a one day Social Justice event. The event will be a conference/EDcamp hybrid with traditional conference-style learning in the morning and EDcamp style discussions and reflections in the afternoon. The focus of the day will be to bring together educational stakeholders such as teachers, administrators, and service providers to discuss topics related to Social Justice, Bias, and Equity.

The key outcomes of the event will be to:

- Define the most pressing issues regarding equity in education;
- Heighten the awareness of these issues;
- Allow space for discussion and collaboration in the areas of Equity and Social - Justice in education and;
- Facilitate progress around these issues by bringing community members together and discussing potential solutions to encourage equity in education.

Our goal will be to deliver a premier event for our region supporting the professional learning for up to 50 educators with opportunities for follow up discussions and continued collaborations in the weeks and months following this event.

Agenda for the Day:

8:00-8:30 Check-in and light breakfast
8:30-8:45 Opening Remarks
8:45 -9:30 Keynote speaker
9:40-10:30 Breakout Session 1
10:40-11:30 Breakout Session 2

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:20 Panel Discussion
1:30-2:00 Debrief session 1
2:10 - 2:40 Debrief session 2
2:40-3:00 Closing Remarks

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Student Voice in Education

Student Voice in Education

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Many educators in the St. Louis area are working towards building a more student-driven learning space to learn. “Personalized Learning,” “Democratic Learning,” or “Innovation,” might be some of the ways you label what it is you are attempting to do. For many of us, this also means we can feel “alone” in this work. It’s time to flip the script and come together to support this work we are doing in our own school districts, buildings, and classrooms.

This evening will be about connecting with local educators who are working to disrupt the current educational landscape for the good of our learners. Our hope is together we can create a new understanding of what education could be using student choice and voice to drive our curriculum, incorporate standards, and improve teaching practices.

We will share struggles, problem-solve, and share what’s working!

See how Personalized Learning looks in Webster Groves

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