Why Startups Should Hire My High School Students: ADE Panel at SXSWedu

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for the Allen Distinguished Educators Program
February 19, 2016


What employable experience and skills do your students need to succeed in the 21st century and how can you prepare them? Learn how 2014 Allen Distinguished Educators, Regan Drew, Scott Swaaley, and Mike Wierusz are developing students with a passion for becoming designers, builders and entrepreneurs during their SXSWedu panel discussion, Why Startups Should Hire My High School Students on Tuesday, March 8 from 5-6:00 p.m.

Through innovative teaching methods, new education technologies, creative solutions, and community support; these teachers are overcoming obstacles of traditional education to provide their students with hands-on learning opportunities strategically aligned with relevant real-world applications. Regan Drew is an expert in teaching Design Thinking and entrepreneurship education at Riverpoint Academy’s Trep Studio. Scott Swaaley is empowering his students at High Tech High through GritLAB by providing a safe environment to build, experiment and learn through failure. Mike Wierusz teaches at Inglemoor High School’s design, engineering and architecture program, teamIDEA, and provides his students with real working experience and connections to industry professionals. The Allen Distinguished Educators program, developed and funded by Paul G. Allen, recognized these exceptional teachers with the $25,000 Allen Distinguished Educator Award in 2014 and they have remained active contributors and participants in the ADE community.

The panel will be moderated by Dave Ferrero, Senior Program Officer in Education at Vulcan Inc. Dave Ferrero is a former high school English teacher with 10 years’ experience partnering with non-profits to create engaging and rigorous STE(A)M learning opportunities for young people. Gain insight to the ADE's methods and strategies, learn from their best practices and come with questions for the panelists during this inspiring and empowering SXSWedu panel.

About Allen Distinguished Educators Program

Inspire. Enable. Empower. The Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) Program engages teachers in greater innovation around computer science, engineering and/or entrepreneurship. The work of ADE-recognized teachers can lead to new opportunities in classrooms across the nation. A Paul G. Allen initiative, the program includes: a $25,000 award, do-it-yourself project guides, grants for DIY projects, microdocumentaries and video roadmaps for implementing an ADE Program.


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Jenny Burns
2/22/2016 8:52:00 AM

Allen Distinguished Educators Moderator
I'm looking forward to this panel!

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