TEDxDenverTeachers was founded in spring 2012 by Colorado Academy, Denver Public Schools, and the Association of Colorado Independent Schools. The collaboration sprung from the core belief that ALL children deserve the best possible education. We know that there are terrific teachers at public and private schools throughout the metropolitan area, teachers that are doing a wonderful job of developing in their students 21st Century capacities. We wanted to have an engaging way to bring together our pedagogical and thought leaders to share what they know about growing children in a thought-provoking and interactive way. We immediately thought of TEDx as the vehicle for sharing GREAT ideas. We also liked the idea of what will happen when we bring together a room full of educational innovators, expose them to terrific ideas and allow time for conversation and collaboration. There is innovative work being done in Denver’s public and private schools that should be shared both to support change in Denver, but also to contribute to the dialogue about educational innovation nationally and beyond.
The TEDxDenverTeachers advisory board is composed of educational leaders and foundation board members from Colorado Academy, Denver Public Schools and the Association of Colorado Independent Schools. While the first event will be hosted by Colorado Academy, our hope is that subsequent events will be hosted by DPS or other independent schools throughout the metropolitan area.
TEDxDenverTeachers Advisory Committee
- Dr. Mike Davis, Head of School at Colorado Academy
- Alyssa Whitehead-Bust, DPS Chief of Innovation and Reform for Denver Public Schools
- Lee Quinby, Director of the Colorado Association of Independent Schools
- Mike Johnston, Colorado State Senator
- Theresa Peña, Former DPS School Board President
- Deirdre Cryor, President at St. Mary’s Academy
- Doug Elliott, Assistant Vice President of the Grants Program at the Daniels Fund
- Antwan Wilson, DPS Assistant Superintendent for Post Secondary Readiness
- Bill Wolf-Tinsman, Colorado Academy Middle School Principal.
About TEDxDenverTeachers Collaboration
- Colorado Academy is a Pre-K through 12 independent school in southwest Denver serving more than 920 students from across the metropolitan Denver area emphasizing college preparatory and 21st century skills. The school has become a national leader in adopting design thinking models and integrating the teaching of 21st century skills at all grade levels.
- Denver Public Schools is committed to making Denver a national leader in student achievement, high school graduation, college and career preparation, and college matriculation. DPS has a clear vision – become the best urban school district in the nation. Under this vision, the district has benefited from significant gains in student achievement, enrollment, the implementation of LEAP — a multiple measure teacher evaluation and support system that is designed to provide teachers with more meaningful feedback and targeted support so they can reflect on their instructional practice and continue to grow professionally and improve. This work is guided by The Denver Plan, a living document that outlines the district’s vision of achievement.
- The Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the continuous improvement of member schools by providing accreditation, professional development, and advocacy services for Colorado’s private school community. It is affiliated with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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