I'm Gregg Festa, an innovative teacher, high school principal, edtech teacherprenuer and author of the RE@LWorldEDTECH blog. I have assumed the organizer role for this meetup group as of March 27, 2016. In doing so, I have revised the name to Tri-State Education Innovators so it is inclusive of all those in NY/NJ/CT working hard to innovate in education from the inside AND outside.
As a veteran educator and entrepreneur with a combined 20 years of successful and not so successful experience leading innovation in education , I've found that the most useful aspect of meet ups is the symbiotic relationships developed among its diverse membership and the resultant outcomes that occur from those interactions. Going forward, I will focus our monthly meetups on bringing the brightest minds inside and outside of education together to share ideas, concepts and real world practice with the purpose of disruptively innovating the learning space. If there are those in the group who would like to participate in organizing meetups with a focus on the current trends in the learning space (makerspaces, STEM, open source learning resources, design thinking, innovative learning spaces, blended learning, personalized and adaptive learning, LMS, etc) please be sure to reach out to me so we can collaborate around your idea.
In the meantime, I will be working hard to create and host one of the following monthly meetup formats each month beginning in late April (date TBD) .
1) Innovator Speed Dating - Startups /Teacherprenuers can test their ideas/prototypes through a 10 minute demo and discuss while gaining valuable and constructive development feedback from veteran educators. Let's see whose idea makes it the alter.
2) Innovation in the Round - This Socratic meetup format will give participants an opportunity to submit, discuss and debate real world problems in education, while proposing solutions that may or may not disruptively innovate learning now or in the future. Let's find out together!
I am also working to jumpstart what I am confident will be an annual summer "must go to" event for educators, teacherprenuers and EdTech startups. Sort of the South by Southwest for Education Innovators. I envision that this meetup will be based on the organic podcamp model where those attending will create their own learning experience based on interest and knowledge/skills as they go. I am open to all the help I can get to plan and facilitate this experience as Summer is almost here and there is much to be done.
As always, we will be seeking sponsorship to help defray the costs for our important and valuable events. Please contact me if you or someone you know is willing to throw some dollars our way in return for shameless promotion to some of the loudest and most heard voices in education today. I look forward to meeting you all!