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Tom Tom Youth Summit

April 11th, The Paramount theater & Ix art park

Students, educators, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders from across Virginia assembled for this high-energy, student-planned, student-led experiential program. Youth Summit activated and engaged high school students to think entrepreneurially.

For the 3rd year, hundreds of students and educators assembled in The Paramount Theater to share ideas and be inspired. Over 600 students showed up to support their fellow high schoolers as they pitched their businesses and social good projects.  After the pitch competition, the Youth Summit moved from The Paramount Theater to IX Art Park where they enjoyed student-made food and student music performances.

Check out the Tom Tom Founders Festival official page for more info.

Stakeholder Meetup

March 19th, Curry School of Education

On March 19th, ReinventED Lab and the Curry School of Education gathered a diverse group of community stakeholders to rally around student-driven education at the March Stakeholder Meetup.  11 organizations were represented by at the meetup including local public and private high schools, middle schools, and local organizations actively fostering student-driven learning.  The meetup established a unifying goal to support student-driven learning, identified common resources and obstacles, and created new partnerships that are working on new ways to curate and celebrate student-driven learning in the community.

The representatives broke into four groups and committed to working together on new projects that utilized the expertise and resources of the collaborators.  Their ideas are as follows:

  • A “League of Innovative Educators” that partners exemplars with aspiring teachers and students to foster student-driven learning across Charlottesville-area schools
  • Common evaluating procedures for digital portfolios that showcase what students have learned inside and outside of school
  • A community project pool that local organizations contribute to and local students pull from 
  • A micro school that fully embraces student-driven learning as the primary pedagogical model

Each group agreed to meet on a semi-regular basis to work on their idea together.  The full group plans to reconvene to share progress during the 2018-2019 school year.

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Future of Learning Forum

February 7th, Darden School of Business

ReinventED Lab, the Curry Education Council, and the Darden Education Club gathered the community for the second annual Future of Learning Forum on February 7th.  The Forum featured eight speakers each presenting on a different topic pertaining to the future of learning in this community.  Speakers included high school teachers, the upcoming superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, and professors from the University of Virginia.  The event received excellent coverage by the Charlottesville Tomorrow in an article titled, "Teachers, education researchers look towards future at Darden forum" by Josh Mandell.

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