On Wednesday, November 28, behind the initiative of Solebury School's Founders Center for Innovation (FCI), more than a dozen Solebury faculty and staff visited the Perkiomen School and collaborated with educators from across the region in a Disrupting Education Symposium.
The keynote speaker was Ted Dintersmith, author of What School Could Be: Insights and Inspirations from Across America and Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era. Dintersmith and a host of other panelists representing K-12 administration, higher education, and industry focused on the skills necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing economy, and both the challenges and opportunities inherent in preparing students for jobs and careers that may not even exist yet.
"We live in a time when the world is changing so quickly and our understanding of how meaningful learning happens has deepened," said teacher Jon Freer, who leads Solebury's Founders Center for Innovation along with teacher Angelo Coclanis. "It's important for schools and teachers to be continually examining how they are preparing students for life after graduation. The Disrupting Education Symposium was a wonderful opportunity to hear from not only change leaders like Mr. Dintersmith, but also leaders in education and the industry. It was an energizing and challenging conversation, and I look forward to continuing that conversation here at Solebury School."