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Thursday, July 21 • 11:45am - 12:50pm
From Ideas to Innovation: Launch Your Initiative!

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What would it look like if teachers had support to pitch innovative ideas and put them into action? R2 Innovates has given teachers permission to address the challenges that they face in their school and classroom through an innovation incubator which provides them with mentors, time for planning, and funding.

In Richland School District Two, we've created an innovation incubator called R2 Innovates to help teachers develop their great ideas. Our incubator has brought together teams of teachers who want to develop their ideas and put them into action for the benefit of students in Richland Two. Our first cohort of innovators was selected in November of 2013 and additional cohorts have been accepted each year. Through a two part application process, we select individuals or teams who we believe in. R2 Innovates has paired the innovators with mentors and provided the human-centered design training and support they need to pitch their ideas and put ideas into action. Through interactive design activities, participants will learn about the process of moving from insights to action.

Successful innovations include a blended learning model, a data mapping project, a competency-based assessment program, student designed maker space, passion-based learning, a program to engage Latino families in the learning community, and a new model for professional development delivery with gamification and badging. Innovation team leaders will be available to talk more about their specific projects.

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Chuck Holland

Director fir Instructional Technology, Richland Two
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Jennifer Lanier

Media Specialist, Summit Parkway Middle School, Richland School District Two
Creator of Maker Space in Library Media Center
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Tami Lenker

Technology and Learning Coach, BHS
Former high school English teacher, Tami Lenker, is the technology and learning coach at Blythewood High School.
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Donna Teuber

Innovation Program Designer, Richland School District Two
Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of education with a passion for using design thinking to help schools implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. She currently serves as the Innovation Program Designer in Richland School District Two, Columbia... Read More →
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Marc Turner

TLC Lead Teacher, Dent Middle School, Richland School District Two

Thursday July 21, 2016 11:45am - 12:50pm EDT
Stuart - 4th Floor Boston Park Plaza