On October 17, 2015 over 1,000 teachers, administrators, policy makers, and community members came together for the Rhode Island Department of Education’s (RIDE) annual conference–”Innovation Powered by Technology!” This event brings people not only from all over Rhode Island but also from all across the country to explore and discover what education could look like together. Convergence’s Education Reimagined keynoted the event! Dwight Davis, Bobbi Macdonald, Judy Peppler, Stephan Turnipseed, and Marla Ucelli-Kashyap together with a senior member of the RIDE team both opened and closed the conference. They shared about the vision and its exciting synergies withRIDE’s newly approved 2020 Strategic Plan.
Watch here Convergence President Rob Fersh’s speech at the 2014 Mindful Leadership Summit, titled “Collaborative Problem-Solving: A Mindful Approach”. Source: Mindful Leadership Summit
Kelly Young, director of the Re-imagining Education Project, and two of the Project’s stakeholders, Michael Hinojosa, former District Superintendent in Cobb County, GA and Bobbi Macdonald, Founder and Executive Director of City Neighbors Foundation, attended the TASA Midwinter Conference in Austin, TX on January 25-28, 2015. They were invited by Johnny Veselka, Executive Director of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). This conference brings stakeholders together to discuss how to shift the education system to make student-centered learning a reality. Kelly, Michael, and Bobbi led a “Thought Leader Session” to share about the Re-imagining Education Project’s vision for education and how its innovative elements coincide with the work of TASA.
On January 23-25, 2015, Kelly Young and Julie Renkoski from Convergence’s Re-imagining Education Project attended EduCon in Philadelphia, PA. EduCon brings together innovators to explore the future of schools. Kelly and Julie attended keynote speeches and a number of breakout sessions to discuss innovation in the education system. They led a “conversation” breakout on January 25th, during which they shared the Project’s vision for transformational education to a group of educators.
On January 24, 2015, Kelly Young, director of the Re-imagining Education Project, participated in the 5th Annual City Neighbors Progressive Ed Summit in Baltimore, MD. The summit brings together innovators of education and allows them to present and share best practices to further their mission of working together to achieve excellent education for all students. Kelly presented the Project’s vision of the future of learning and highlighted the importance of working collaboratively to make meaningful change in our education system.
On January 21, 2015, Convergence President Rob Fersh spoke at Breaking the Impasse: Opportunities for Leadership, the National Association of Evangelicals’ 59th Christian Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. Rob spoke on a panel titled “Poverty: New Ideas for Strengthening Our Safety Net & Increasing Economic Opportunity”. Also on the panel was Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Rob spoke to the need for Convergence and for collaborative solutions to problems such as economic opportunity and poverty.
Kelly Young, director of Convergence’s Re-imagining Education Project, accompanied by two of the Project’s stakeholders, Judy Peppler, President and CEO of KnowledgeWorks, and Dwight Davis, Assistant Principal of Wheatley Education Campus, attended the SUNY TeachNY Meeting on December 12th. They shared the Re-imagining Education Project’s vision with SUNY’s TeachNY Advisory Council at the behest of SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. The TeachNY group is working to re-imagine teacher-training programs and will set forth their policy recommendations to SUNY and New York State for how teaching colleges must evolve to meet the demands of the future.