Ted Dintersmith | Executive Producer of Most Likely to Succeed & Advocate for Innovation in Education

Ted Dintersmith

Executive Producer of Most Likely to Succeed & Advocate for Innovation in Education

Ted Dintersmith
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What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across Americaby Ted Dintersmith

What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America

by Ted Dintersmith
Most Likely to Succeedby Ted Dintersmith

Most Likely to Succeed

by Ted Dintersmith
The basis for a major documentary, two leading experts sound an urgent call for the radical reimagining of American education so we can equip students for the realities of the twenty-first-century economy. "If you read one book about education this decade, make it this one" (Adam Braun, bestselling author and founder of Pencils of Promise).

Today more than ever, we prize academic achievement, pressuring our children to get into the "right" colleges, have the highest GPAs, and pursue advanced degrees. But while students may graduate with credentials, by and large they lack the competencies needed to be thoughtful, engaged citizens and to get good jobs in our rapidly evolving economy. Our school system was engineered a century ago to produce a workforce for a world that no longer exists. Alarmingly, our methods of schooling crush the creativity and initiative young people really need to thrive in the twenty-first century.

Now bestselling author and education expert Tony Wagner and venture capitalist Ted Dintersmith call for a complete overhaul of the function and focus of American schools, sharing insights and stories from the front lines, including profiles of successful students, teachers, parents, and business leaders. Their powerful, urgent message identifies the growing gap between credentials and competence--and offers a framework for change.

Most Likely to Succeed presents a new vision of American education, one that puts wonder, creativity, and initiative at the very heart of the learning process and prepares students for today's economy. "In this excellent book...Wagner and Dintersmith argue...that success and happiness will depend increasingly on having the ability to innovate" (Chicago Tribune), and this crucial guide offers policymakers and opinion leaders a roadmap for getting the best for our future entrepreneurs.

What School Could Be

During the 2016 school year, Ted Dintersmith took an unprecedented education road trip that spanned some 1,000 meetings, and covered all fifty states. He observed remarkable examples of learning at its best -- teachers in ordinary circumstances doing extraordinary things. In this talk, Dintersmith describes the four key characteristics of PEAK learning experiences (purpose, essential skillsets and mindsets, agency, and deep knowledge), as well as policies that enable schools to develop these principles at scale.

What Every Businessperson Needs to Know About Education

Former venture capitalist and entrepreneur Ted Dintersmith knows innovation, and what skillsets and mindsets will be needed for the jobs of the future. In this talk, he connects the dots between workforce readiness and an education system that, in theory, prepares students for career but, in practice, impairs their life prospects. Any businessperson -- whether their focus is on workforce readiness, their own children or grandchildren, or the stability of our democracy -- will find this talk of immense interest.

What Every Parent Needs to Know About School

Parents face hard choices when it comes to school and their children. Do we push our kids to excel in the current system, or encourage them to find their own path forward? They are generally at odds, and the choices parents make have lifetime consequences for their child. Innovation expert (and parent of two) Ted Dintersmith has immersed himself in schools. In this talk, he shares insights into learning environments, parental priorities, and a child’s life prospects.

Transforming School

The Urgency and the Possibility

Without profound change in traditional education, most of our current students will be at risk in a world defined by innovation. It doesn’t have to be this way. Dintersmith draws on his trip to all fifty states during the 2015/2016 school year to highlight conditions that lead to exceptional student learning. He goes onto identify change models that enable a school, district, or even a state to effectively transform classrooms at scale.

Workshop Option: The speaker takes the audience through several exercises that bring insight into the purpose of school, and ways to effect change through agile, low-risk “hacks” (small innovations).

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