Greg Hill and Brad Cameron attended the Entrepreneurs United conference in Kansas City, MO, last Friday and Saturday. This event was co-sponsored by Teach For America (TFA) and the Kauffman Foundation and was attended by TFA alumni who have established or are currently developing non-profit organizations and business ventures that are intended to improve educational outcomes for students around the world.
As Kauffman Foundation Education Director Aaron North said, “This is the starting point, leveraging the change we want through entrepreneurship.” Hill and Cameron brainstormed ways to improve The Disruption Department’s impact on St. Louis through workshops with other passionate individuals from communities around the US.
Among the great education improvement organizations were:
Education in Sight: “Composed of leaders from both China and the US, we strive to improve the academic performance of underprivileged students in these nations by providing them with free vision screenings and eyeglasses, and also by educating them on these subjects to ensure long term benefit.”
STEM From Dance: “STEM From Dance works to increase the number of under-represented minority girls growing up in low-income communities who obtain a STEM degree.”
The Intersection: “We transform students from underserved areas into leaders with the skills to go to and through college, to engage in civic action, and to articulate and solve challenges facing themselves and their communities.”
Among the great educational products were:
Plickers: No need to waste money on a classroom set of response clickers when you can have students raise sheets of paper and record their answers with your smartphone.
BirdBrain Science: “BirdBrain allows you to choose the topics you want your students to read and serves it to them at their independent reading level.”
SmartestK12 (still in development): Teachers can quickly scan a document and turn it into a digitally recordable test or quiz in minutes.