We think about student engagement all the time. In fact, the declining state of student engagement in the American K-12 system is why we even started Noble Impact. The ability to engage students at a high level is very challenging but also very critical to the success of students and teachers. So, how do we do it? How do we engage students while engaging teachers in the education process?
“Most Likely To Succeed,” a new documentary that Education Week named “among the best edu-documentaries ever produced,” aims to answer these questions. We’re honored and excited to announce that we’re bringing the film to Arkansas for the first time ever.
We’ll screen the film in two locations in November — Fort Smith and Little Rock — and both screenings will be followed by a special Q&A session with the Executive Director of the film, Ted Dintersmith.
Defining success in the 21st Century is ever-changing, ambiguous, and uncertain. We hope this film evokes meaning and spurs conversation on how we make education better… together. If you believe that education is important, we hope to see you there! Check out the film trailer below to get a taste of what we’ll see and discuss.
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We are very excited to announce that this week marks the kickoff of our partnership with education non-profit Education Pioneers, which aims to unleash the potential of leaders and managers within the education sector so they can transform education for students and communities. We are ecstatic that our newest teammate, VP of Product Erica Swallow, was chosen as one of 540 Fellows selected from 6,500 top graduate students and emerging leaders for the 2014-2015 Education Pioneers leadership development program.
Education Pioneers (EP) focuses on placing high impact leaders, such as Erica, in partner school districts, charter school organizations, education agencies, non-profits, and other types of organizations to make a positive impact on the education system. The organization has the audacious goal of placing 10,000 diverse, effective leaders within the education section by 2023 — since its founding in 2003, it has already built a powerful national network of more than 2,500 leaders and 200 education organizations in more than 20 cities across the country.
Some of EP’s locations include our neighbors Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, Nashville, and New Orleans, and more distant cousins New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco also make the list.
In order to make the most of her cohort experience, Erica will travel to three key workshops in Memphis and Nashville over the summer, and she aims to kick it up a notch by organizing an “Education Pioneers Unplugged” event in Little Rock — home of Noble Impact and much innovation in the education sector — where fellows from Tennessee will be invited to learn about the Little Rock community and its educational efforts and history.
The initial Tennessee cohort workshop took place during June 18-19 at the Urban League of Middle Tennessee in Nashville and included foundational discussions on the history of education and in-depth sessions on the opportunity gap in America.
Through keynote lectures with Valor Collegiate Academies founder and CEO Todd Dickson and Chief District Support Officer for the Tennessee Department of Education Ken Green; solutions-driven discussions of race relations in education, district mergers, and school structure options, among other topics; an alumni fellows panel; multiple collaborative brainstorming sessions; and unstructured time, Erica says she and her cohort left the workshop with much stronger ideas and opinions on how to positively impact the education sector.
“I’m overwhelmed and impressed by the breadth of experience within my cohort. We come from law, education, social work, business, and a range of sectors that enable us to provide new and innovative lenses to challenges and opportunities in education,” Erica explains. “My colleagues and I are serving in high-need, high-impact positions where our skills are traditionally rare in education. For me, it’s an opportunity to get back to my home state and change education for the better, for Arkansas’s students. After seeing the work Noble is doing and how it’s having an immediate impact on students, I couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else.”
Erica has spent the past decade in New York and Boston studying at New York University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as working as a technology journalism and digital marketer with organizations such as The New York Times, Mashable, Saatchi & Saatchi, and TechStars. Having grown up in Paragould, Arkansas, though, she is ecstatic to be back in Arkansas working in education, which she credits with changing her life. A first-generation college student, Erica believes that education is the key to greater opportunity, and she is adamant that every child deserves an engaging and challenging education.
Stay tuned as Erica’s Education Pioneers Fellowship comes to fruition, and let us know if you have questions about it in the comments below!
This post is part of the Noble Impact Scholars Series, which highlights incredibly talented Noble Impact scholars and the work they’re pursuing.
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“I don’t want to stand up in front of a class and teach kids something that they can Google. I would rather give them some sort of frame works and introduce them to new concepts so that they can go out there and get that for themselves,” says facilitator Chad Williamson.