• Vote for 4.0 Schools panels at SXSWEdu!

    Posted by The 4.0 Team

    Aug. 12th, 2015

    It’s officially here! SXSWEdu has just opened its voting for panels and the 4.0 Schools team needs your votes if we’re going to make it. Voting closes on September 4th and you can vote once a day, so make sure to bookmark this link.

    See below for all the different panels the 4.0 Team will be on or leading.
    Click the links to vote!

    Tiny Schools: Learning how to prototype innovative schools 
    with 4.0 Schools CEO Matt Candler
    For the first 20 years of my career, I thought there was one way to launch new schools: find a proven leader, write a 400 page charter application, and get a foundation to give me a lot of money to replicate what already works. This process works if the school you want already exists, and if you have a lot of cash and time. If the school you want doesn’t exist, this process won’t work. That’s why we created the Tiny School Project, a process for prototyping new school models. In this session, we’ll talk to founders currently prototyping their innovative school models and learn about how this process can be used in the development of charter, private, and traditional public schools.

    Utilizing Students to Support K12 Edtech
    with John Baldo
    Have plenty of tech resources but lacking the human capital required for professional development and IT support? Edtech only works when it’s well-implemented. Come hear how K12 leaders from across the USA are creatively utilizing students to tackle this challenge. Walk out with resources to get student tech leadership started at your school site.

    CYOA: Build Your Own Edu Innovation Community
    with David Fu
    The organizer and speakers are individually building their education startup & innovation communities, as well as building a network of community builders around the country. In this session, we want to share with you our experiences from different stages in the process of building our education startup & innovation communities. We believe that by involving diverse stakeholders from entrepreneurs to educators across boundaries, we will be able to increase the pace of trying out new ideas, as well as refining and sharing the best of the ideas across the network.

    Apply Lean Startup To Your Education Idea
    with Lloyd Nimetz
    The Lean Startup process was designed primarily for tech companies and is tough to apply to programmatic models: e.g. after school programs or even a new school model. Program founders often first struggle to define their programs, component by component, and subsequently struggle to (1) identify key assumptions embedded in their program design, and (2) prioritize & track which ones to test & validate. We created a Lean Program Canvas to help the dozens of program edupreneurs that we work with, and we’d like to share it with the education community to help you apply it to your own programs: those that you’re currently involved with or those that are still just in the idea-stage.

    Pedagogy of Entrepreneurship: Creating Creators
    with Austin Crouse
    Entrepreneurship isn’t just an activity. It’s a mindset that embraces comfort with ambiguity, personal benchmarking, and value creation with limited resources. It’s surprisingly hard to teach. Despite new incubators and entrepreneurship resources appearing constantly, the share of new entrepreneurs ages 20–34 has fallen from 35% in 1996 to 23% in 2013 (Kauffman Foundation). Simply stated: lots of people are trying to teach entrepreneurship, but few are succeeding. 4.0 Schools, Venture for America, and VentureLab are all teaching and creating new entrepreneurs in radically different ways. This will be a discussion to uncover the best ways to authentically create creators.

    How to Build Self-sustaining Learning Communities
    with Hassan Hassan
    Most learning communities exist within the traditional boundaries of schools. We’ll delve into four distinct models that are rethinking the constraints of talent, revenue and space to increase access and self-sustainability. Electric Girls is a community of middle school girls teaching each other to be leaders in STEM. UnCommon Construction cultivates high school apprentices who build houses and use the proceeds to provide scholarships. The 1881 School engages young African American New Orleanians in engineering projects that directly improve their neighborhoods. At 4.0, we equip early-stage entrepreneurs to build bold schools, tools and startups — and our alumni enable us to do so at scale.

    College or Bust? Redefining the Finish Line
    with Katie Beck
    Research shows that a college degree dramatically expands opportunities, projected income, and social mobility for those who attain one. Yet simultaneously, only 8% of students from low-income communities are graduating college, and those who start and don’t finish are saddled with debt. Some organizations continue to focus on increasing the college access and persistence rates, while others suggest that we should instead focus on preparing students to aim for financial independence and access to careers upon high school graduation. This panel will bring together leaders from all sides of this debate to share how they’re supporting students and how they define the “finish line”.

    Connecting Edupreneurs to Creative Pros
    with Alli Dunn
    What do you do if you’re a teacher who has an idea for a venture that involves tech? Where do you go? In an extremely connected world, education is profoundly disconnected. Many teachers are dissuaded from pursuing their tech solutions because they lack access to the expertise to bring it into reality. Outside of education lies a surplus of professionals with specialized skill sets that are interested in helping, but do not know where to go to apply their skills. This Future 15 will cover strategies for breaking down the silos in and out of education, including building partnerships across industries, how you can use this in your community, and what we’ve learned in New York City so far.

    Bonus Session: A Compass for Creative and Critical Thinking/Doing
    with Hassan Hassan
    The “Creative Compass” is an intuitive cognitive tool that visually and actionably frames four essential ways we stretch in creativity, critical thinking, and innovation. In this hands-on workshop, participants will see the Creative Compass in action in learning environments, orient it to their experiences, and build directly on it. Situations will span from curriculum design to classroom discussions and from 1-on-1 coaching to visualizing individual or organizational growth. Groups will reflect on their sense of this tool, and of the broader aspiration to help young people creatively and collaboratively navigate their way through any challenge/opportunity they meet in school, work or life. – See more at: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/52526#sthash.uCerPHM5.dpuf

    Bonus Session: Self-directed learning: Why it, why now? 
    with Matt Candler
    The longer students stay in today’s school system, the less engaged they become. How is that possible? What’s going on here? This panel will examine one aspect of the learning experience that holds promise for helping students, educators, and administrators reignite the love of learning innate in all of us: self-directed learning. From multiple perspectives, this panel will explore key aspects of self-directed learning, its implications for students and society, and ways in which we all can begin to take more ownership in our learning and our lives.