ReinventED Lab was launched with the support of 4.0 Schools' Community Catalyst Program in 2015. The Community Catalyst Program is designed to support local leaders in building and sustaining education entrepreneurship communities and Charlottesville was selected to join 5 other cities (New Orleans, New York, DC, Birmingham, and Austin) in a growing national network of education innovation organizations.
The 2015-2016 academic school year served as our pilot year and in Fall 2015, we hosted our first three community events: the ReinventED Kickoff Party, the ReinventED 24 Hour Challenge, and Project ReinventED. Each event successfully brought together a blend of students, educators, and innovators in active discussion and ideation of education innovations. Over the course of our pilot year, ReinventED also launched student-driven innovation projects, including Co-create UVA and XQ CONNEXT Student Voices Collection and Curation. The XQ CONNEXT project aided Albemarle County Public Schools to the final round of the XQ Super School Competition.
In Spring 2016, ReinventED launched Spark (formerly known as Rethink), a program in HackCville designed to prepare UVa students for careers in education innovation. Students were enrolled in the inaugural cohort to work on ReinventED projects, paired with individual mentors, and started projects of their own. We hosted the first Tom Tom Youth Summit in April of 2016, where over 800 high school students from around the district pitched entrepreneurial ventures and business models on stage at the Paramount theater.
In the Summer of 2016, ReinventED participated in the iLab, an innovation incubator at the University of Virginia. In Fall 2016, we hosted a Community Convening where over 40 members of the Albemarle-Charlottesville education community came together to talk about the future of education in an unconference session, an open mic dialogue, and then a design session to discover shared ideal values in education. The design session led to over 50 values that the community felt were important in education.
In Spring 2017, we launched the Education Forum, a semester-long series of dialogues on education where we explored educational policy, philosophy and pedagogy through literature and media. We hosted our second Tom Tom Youth Summit that April, bringing nearly 1,000 high school students to the Paramount theater where they pitched their entrepreneurial ventures and ideas.
In the Summer of 2017 we received a Bamaworks grant, the iLab startup fund, and graduated from 4.0 School’s Tiny Fellowship. We were also able to host a group of six high school and college students as interns that added significant value to our organization.
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