EDUCATION CONVERSATIONS

Town Hall Meeting

WHAT DO WE WANT FROM OUR SCHOOLS?

SPECIAL GUEST: MANDY MANNING

December 4, 2018

When: December 4, 2018 - 7:00 to 9:00pm

 

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Location:  Overbluff Cellars Event Center – Washington Cracker Building, 304 W. Pacific, main floor.

Focus: The Alliance for Innovative Educational Redesign (AIER) will be hosting an interactive Town-Hall-style meeting featuring Mandy Manning (National Teacher of the Year) and other educational leaders in our region.

Synopsis:

The format of the meeting will an interactive conversational panel holding the question of What do we need from our schools? at the center of the conversation. Come and participate in a conversation about education in our region and what really matters to our students, our educators and our community.

PAST EVENTS HELD

 

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED FILM

When: September 18, 2018 - 7:00 to 9:30pm

Location:  Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall, W Hawthorne Rd, Spokane, WA 99218, USA

Focus: See the film trailer here: https://www.mltsfilm.org/

Synopsis:

Most Likely To Succeed is a thought-provoking documentary feature film that reveals the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today's innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing. To date, MLTS has screened for thousands of audiences around the world, igniting conversations and empowering change along the way.

 

BEYOND MEASURE FILM

When: May 4, 2018 - 7:00 to 9:30pm

Location:  Robinson Teaching Theatre, Weyerhaeuser Hall, W Hawthorne Rd, Spokane, WA 99218, USA

Focus: See the film trailer here: http://beyondmeasurefilm.com

Synopsis:

Where many past documentaries have dwelled on the education crisis and the policies to blame for it, BEYOND MEASURE follows public schools across the country as they take matters into their own hands, innovating from the inside. By spotlighting success stories, BEYOND MEASURE shows that it is possible to rise above America’s toxic achievement fixation and build a richer, deeper, more empowering, and student-centered education culture from the ground up.

 

EDUCATION DIALOGUES: Design School Steps​

When: January 12, 2018 - 4:30 to 6:30pm

 

Location:  Pride Prep School, 811 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA

Focus: 

The goal for this meeting will be to leave with a good longer-term focus for this work AND a specific design for the next gathering we will do.  We are thinking that the both the long-term and the immediate next step need to be action-step oriented. 

Example:  One proposal that has been put forth is: “What if we were able to put together a group made up of students, parents, educators and allies to design a school, a program or structure that better meets the needs and desires of students today?” . Then we turn that design into a presentation and take it on the road to educational decision-makers, parents, School Boards and anyone else who will listen.   The focus would not be necessarily to propose a new school design - but rather to say;

 

“Given what we hear from students now, from parents now, form educators now, and from lessons learned in innovative schools in our region; What are the really important design practices and principles that all schools should consider.” 

This is just one idea for an action step that could make a significant difference  - it meets the criteria of getting more student voice into the conversation and for generating some action steps for the future to promote innovative thought in schools. But there are other ways to do this as well - that is what we want to hear about. 

So, if you would like to be part of a team to think about what the next steps are - here is your chance.   This will not be like the last two meetings in that the express purpose will be for us to do some actual planning for the future action steps.   If you would like to attend, please send an email to makalu1@earthlink.net

EDUCATION DIALOGUES: Innovation Stories Part 2

When: December 14, 2017 - 4:30 to 7:30pm (download flyer)

 

Location:  Community-Minded TV Studios, 104 W 3rd Ave, Suite B, Spokane, WA

Focus: The Alliance for Innovative Educational Redesign (AIER) in conjunction with The League of Education Votes (LEV) and Community Minded TV (CMTV14) will be hosting a story-telling-style meeting to share stories about educational experiences from students' perspectives.

Format: Please come join us for our second Education Dialogue.  In December we want to bring together a diverse group – half students and half others, and we’re aiming for 30% people of color.  We will to explore the question of “How can we form an educational system that creates good people where everyone belongs?” through stories of our own experiences.  We will be using an approach called StoryBridge that we used successfully in mid-November to explore our Innovation Stories.

 

EDUCATION DIALOGUES: Innovation Stories Part 1

When: November 13, 2017 - 4:30 to 7:00pm (download flyer)

Location:  Community-Minded TV Studios, 104 W 3rd Ave, Suite B, Spokane, WA

Focus: The Alliance for Innovative Educational Redesign (AIER) in conjunction with The League of Education Votes (LEV) and Community Minded TV (CMTV14) will be hosting a story-telling-style meeting to share stories about innovative educational efforts in our region.

Format: The format of the meeting will be generative story-based approach – we want everyone in attendance to be prepared to share a short story of educational innovation in our region – just tell the group about an experience you have had in as educational context in our region that you consider innovative or highly effective; some of these stories will be gathered by Community Minded TV for broadcast. The event will be professionally facilitated.

Cost: Free.

 

IMAGINE SCHOOL: Town-Hall Conversations about Education

Held:  July 11, 2017 at the Overbluff Event Center - Washington Cracker Building at 304 W. Pacific, Spokane, WA

Featured: Dr. Mike Dunn and Dr. Terry Bergeson

Focus: The Alliance for Innovative Educational Redesign (AIER) in conjunction with ESD 101 hosted a town-hall style meeting to discuss the state of education in Washington State.   The focus of the meeting was to consider the questions;

 

What do I want for my kids and their school experience?

And

What does the current movement in educational policy mean for our kids?

 

Rather than a debate about Trump Administration educational policy or school funding initiatives, we hosted a more personal discussion about what school is and can be for our kids. 

Format:  The format of the meeting was a generative conversation of interesting people, followed by audience participation and question/answer.  We invited several folks from local, regional and national perspectives on education to attend who helped us think about the question of what we really want for our kids and our schools.