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Welcome to the “Startup Weekend: NextGen Schools.” This weekend, presented by Silicon Schools Fund, 4.0 Schools, and Startup Weekend EDU, will be an exciting, fast-paced 54 hours of rethinking schooling and designing the schools of the future alongside a high-profile group of educators, designers, funders, and other like-minded individuals. Unlike other startup weekends, the result of this weekend won’t be a cool product, but rather an entire school model that radically transforms the traditional approach to learning. The spirit of entrepreneurism has transformed many facets of our lives – how we communicate, the medical treatments we receive, how we consume information, and on and on – except that is for schools, which have been left largely the same for the last 100 years. Perhaps the one thing we all have in common with our great-grandparents is the basics of the school experience. We’re incredibly excited about this upcoming San Francisco StartupWeekend: NextGen Schools! We’re adding a few twists and turns to make this a great event designed to help create the next generation of school models.
- On Friday, people will pitch their vision for the one “core innovation”(for instance, why does the school day have to be delineated by a number of fixed periods? Why should there always be 1 teacher in front of 30 students?) Teams will come together around a core innovation that challenges an assumption about our current concepts of school. This core innovation will be the basis of a new school model that the team will develop over the course of the weekend.
- On Saturday, teams will first work to develop and refine their core innovation. This element must be approved by a panel of mentors by passing their innovation test. Once approved, teams will then embark on developing an entire school model that supports the one core innovation.
- By Sunday evening, teams will pitch these core innovations and school models to a panel of judges who will give an award for the most compelling core innovation and an award for the most compelling overall school design.
Do you have ideas about how school should be changed that you want to see put into action? Do you like challenging long-standing assumptions about “how things are”? Then this weekend is for you. Get involved and develop something that could change the lives of students for years to come.