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Educelerate XVIII: New School Models in K-12 Education

Live link is here!

Join Educelerate at the new Bennett Day School TinkerLab for a panel discussion on New Models in K-12 Education, with experts in Blended and Flipped Learning, Maker and Place-based Education, and Charters and Independent Schools.  And in addition to all the discussion, we will make sure to leave time for networking, beverages and glue guns in the TinkerLab afterward.  

A live stream will be available via the EdReach Google HOA.

Our esteemed panelists will include:

• Cameron Smith: Cameron is the co-founder and CEO of Bennett Day School, which he was inspired to create after the birth of his son in 2010 (who will be a member of their first JK class this year).  As a new parent, he recognized that there are very few options for progressive independent schooling in Chicago. Cameron previously worked in private equity and is a licensed attorney in Illinois.  He serves on the Board of the Namaste Charter School where he is Chair of the Investment Committee and is a member of the Education Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. 

• Anne Gillespie: Anne is the Founding Principal of the Academy for Global Citizenship.  After working as a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and earning her Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis  University, Anne co-founded the Academy for Global Citizenship, a Chicago Public Charter School located on the underserved Southwest side of Chicago.  She is  currently pursuing her Doctorate in Urban Education Leadership from the University of Illinois. 

• Nick Montgomery: Nick is the Chief Research Officer of TeacherMatch and previously was the founder and CEO of UChicago Impact, an organization supporting schools in the use of research-based, practice-proven tools across 20 states.  

• David Napier: kindly filling in for Mac Gamse, founder and CEO of Meritas Schools, David is the SVP of Regional Operations, providing strategic and operational leadership for its four schools in the Western US.  Previously, David worked for the education private equity fund Sterling Partners and in business development for Kaplan.

• Lucy Gray: we are very luck to have Lucy, a leading K-12 education consultants and founder of the Global Education Conference, moderating the panel.

A special thank you to our hosts at Bennett Day School, a new kind of independent day school for prekindergarten through eighth grade in the heart of Chicago.  Founded with progressive roots, Bennett Day is seeking to capture the energy that infuses our diverse and vibrant city.  Their school is based upon the belief that children of all ages learn through questioning, exploring and discovering.

And a second thanks to Meritas Schools for sponsoring our refreshments.  Meritas is an international family of college-preparatory schools spanning the US, Switzerland and China.  Each Meritas sister school teaches students to think critically, ask thoughtful questions, use high-order reasoning and solve problems creatively.

The event was organized by Christopher Nyren, the founder of Educelerate and education industry advisory and seed investment firm Educated Ventures.

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  • Eve T.

    Great work! Thank you, once again, Educelerate organizers!

    2 · August 2, 2014

  • Dan S.

    Another phenomenal session. Thanks for continuing to put together these amazing events, Christopher!

    2 · August 1, 2014

  • Christopher N.

    Stellar panel of school "founders", the always energetic Nick Montgomery, moderation by the incomparable Lucy Gray and time in the Tinker Lab!

    1 · August 1, 2014

  • Dan R.

    The live event link is here. Starts in a couple mins:

    July 31, 2014

  • Keith K.

    Delayed flight home and unlikely to make it

    July 31, 2014

  • Julian M.

    Giving up my spot. I'm getting sick and I'd rather not spread it.

    July 31, 2014

  • Cameron S.

    Just a quick note on parking -- it is free after 6 pm on the north side of Fulton St between Union and Desplaines. There are two public lots on our block as well -- right across the street on NE corner of Fulton and Union ($2) and then at Fulton and Halsted ($6). See everyone shortly tonight, in-person or online!

    1 · July 31, 2014

  • Elaine J R.

    I'm not going to be able to join you in person after all but will try to connect via the Google Hangout link. Cheers.

    July 31, 2014

  • Jason B.

    I'm unable to attend so changing my status as well. Sounds like it's going panel.

    July 28, 2014

  • Christopher N.

    For all those unable to attend or secure a slot, please do join us online as the panel discussion is streamed via Google Hangout:

    July 28, 2014

  • Marcos A.

    Looks like a wonderful event, fingers crossed that a spot opens up and I can attend!

    July 27, 2014

  • John W.

    I will have to drop out-changed my RSVP--best to all.

    July 25, 2014

  • Cameron S.

    For folks who might be driving, there is an indoor garage right across the street from Bennett Day School on the northeast corner of Fulton and Union. It is just $2 after 3 pm!

    June 24, 2014

  • Zach W.

    Looking forward to seeing the great work at Bennett Day School and the conversation on moving forward K-12 educational models.

    June 4, 2014

    • Cameron S.

      Thanks Zach! We're looking forward to hosting a great discussion at Bennett Day.

      1 · June 5, 2014

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