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Rethink Ed

Thursday, April 26, 2018

A cross-cut of community members, business leaders, educators, students and parents are coming together to address a key question – How do we transform the high school diploma to reflect the skills, abilities and mindset necessary for ALL students to succeed?


Attendees will experience Labs, immersive learning experiences that are exploring four key learning principles:


Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
Career & World Exposure
Teamwork & Human Connection
Self-Efficacy & Growth Mindset


Labs will be pre-selected and provided to attendees on their personalized agendas.

7:45 AM


8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Opening Session

Welcome, Wendy Guillies, President
Address, Aaron North, Vice President of Education
Firestarter Presentation 1 – The Future Project, Jordan Vaughn and Gemar Mills
Firestarter Presentation 2 – Tony Simmons from High School for Recording Arts

9:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Morning Labs

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM


Local Bright Spot Exhibition

Local success stories will explore the innovation of districts, schools and
organizations within the Kansas City region that are disrupting the status quo and
better preparing students for life and work.

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Afternoon Labs

1:50 PM – 2:50 PM

Spark Conversations

Community-led, facilitated conversations will explore a challenging question that is shaping the future of learning.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Closing Session

Firestarter Presentation 3- Emily Griffith Technical College, Jeff Barratt
Firestarter Presentation 4- Alignment Nashville, Melissa Jaggers