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Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Symposium Details

Perkiomen School, a leader in innovative education, invites you to stand up, question, challenge the status quo, and make some noise about what is happening (or not happening) in our schools. Take a courageous step forward in your everyday routine and join us to consider what would happen if we started disrupting education.

Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:45 a.m.

Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speaker
10:00-10:15 a.m.
Mark Devey
, Headmaster, Perkiomen School

Moderated Keynote Speech
10:15-11:45 a.m.
Ted Dintersmith

Discussion Group Lunch
12:00-1:00 p.m.

Moderated Panel
1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

  • Education Change Agent: Ted Dintersmith, Author of Most Likely to Succeed & What Schools Could Be
  • Higher Education: Lisa Getzler, Executive Director of Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship
  • Independent Schools: Tom McManus, Head of Mission at Revolution School
  • Industry: Jim Finnegan, Vice President, Intellectual Property Strategy, Comcast Corporation
  • Public School: Dr. Barbara A. Russell, Superintendent, Perkiomen Valley School District

Closing Remarks, Gifts, & Snacks
2:45-3:00 p.m.

Optional Screening of Most Likely to Succeed, documentary produced by Ted Dintersmith and directed by Greg Whiteley (86 minute run time)
3:15 – 4:45 p.m.


About Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith is a change agent focused on the impact of education and innovation on the future of civil society. His professional background spans technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy. He was ranked by Business 2.0 as the top-performing U.S. venture capitalist for 1995-1999. In 2012, President Obama appointed him to represent our country at the United Nations General Assembly. More recently, he executive produced the acclaimed documentary Most Likely to Succeed and co-authored with Tony Wagner a book with the same title. Ted’s most recent book What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America is based on an immersive trip he took to all 50 U.S. states during a single school year. In 2018, he received NEA’s prestigious “Friend of Education” Award. Ted earned a PhD in Engineering from Stanford and an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, with High Honors in Physics and English. When he's not visiting schools, he lives in central Virginia.


Visit Ted's website: https://teddintersmith.com/


Panelists


Education Change Agent: Ted Dintersmith, Author of Most Likely to Succeed & What School Could Be

Ted Dintersmith is a change agent focused on the impact of education and innovation on the future of civil society. His professional background spans technology, entrepreneurship, and public policy. He was ranked by Business 2.0 as the top-performing U.S. venture capitalist for 1995-1999. In 2012, President Obama appointed him to represent our country at the United Nations General Assembly. More recently, he executive produced the acclaimed documentary Most Likely to Succeed and co-authored with Tony Wagner a book with the same title. Ted’s most recent book What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America is based on an immersive trip he took to all 50 U.S. states during a single school year. In 2018, he received NEA’s prestigious “Friend of Education” Award. Ted earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford and an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, with High Honors in Physics and English. When he's not visiting schools, he lives in central Virginia.



Higher Education Leader: Lisa Getzler, Executive Director of Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship

Lisa Getzler is Executive Director of Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation, which is designed to create a culture of entrepreneurship across the university, promote innovative thinking and foster the realization of entrepreneurial ideas. Her leadership at the Baker Institute includes guiding undergraduate students through the early stages of venture creation. As an entrepreneur, Lisa founded and operated a boutique interior design company. She was also a freelance theatrical producer and director. She is co-founder of two non-profit theatrical companies and serves as a board member and advisor to an education theatrical youth program. Additionally, she is a member of the founding team that has brought TEDxLehighRiver to PBS39's studios at SteelStacks and Allentown's Miller Symphony Hall, while also serving as a speaker curator. Lisa also co-produced the Lehigh Valley's first Mini Maker Faire. She was also named a Lehigh Valley Business "Woman of Influence" for her contributions to entrepreneurship education and the community.




Independent School Leader: Tom McManus, Head of Mission at Revolution School

Tom has been working in education for almost 20 years, serving as High School Principal of the Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu for the past six. Tom began his career in college admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He held roles as Director of College Counseling and Director of Studies at The Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE, and Head of the Upper School at St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, MD before taking his talents to Hawaii’s sunnier climes.

Tom led Mid-Pacific's high school during their 'Schools of the Future' initiatives, helping create and support new project-based learning, technology, entrepreneurial and other interdisciplinary offerings for which the school has received national attention. Through this work, he developed strong affiliations with thought leaders like Ted Dintersmith, who even referenced Tom and Mid-Pacific in his most recent book, What School Could Be.




Industry Leader: Jim Finnegan, Vice President, Intellectual Property Strategy, Comcast Corporation

James J. Finnegan serves as Vice President, Intellectual Property Strategy for Comcast Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for the continued development and execution of Comcast’s intellectual property strategy, capitalizing on the strong innovation that takes place within the Company.

Prior to joining Comcast, James served as Vice President, Intellectual Property for Qimonda AG in Munich, Germany. Additionally, he spent 17 years at AT&T and Lucent as a leading contributor to their intellectual property business. He also served in various consulting roles to major communications and electronics firms. James holds an MBA from Lehigh University, where he also earned a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two sons.




Public School Leader: Dr. Barbara A. Russell, Superintendent, Perkiomen Valley School District

Barbara A. Russell serves as the Superintendent of the Perkiomen Valley School District in Collegeville, PA. Previous to her appointment in July 2017, she has a long history with the District beginning in 1985 as a high school science teacher, and then curriculum coordinator, building administrator and eventually, central office administrator. Dr. Russell has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from DeSales University, a master’s degree in biology from West Chester University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

The Perkiomen Valley School District is located in Montgomery County and serves approximately 5600 students in seven schools; four elementary, two middle and one high school. As Superintendent of the District, Dr. Russell’s vision continues to be upon engaged and empowered students who graduate as lifelong learners ready for the future. She is focused upon providing rigorous academic experiences for students and leading the district into the future through initiatives, such as student-centered learning experiences with modern resources and practices. Dr. Russell works diligently to be visible in the school community attending a variety of activities as well as participating on various committees. She is currently collaborating with the PV Partners for Equity and Inclusion group, through which staff, students and parents are working to strengthen cultural competence district-wide.

Directions

Getting to Perkiomen School

    • Driving Directions: Perkiomen’s address is 200 Seminary Street, Pennsburg, PA 18073. Click here for specific directions and a map.
    • Airports: The closest major airports are Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Lehigh Valley International (ABE).
    • Train Stations: 30th Street Station in Philadelphia, located approximately one hour from campus, is the closest Amtrak Station. Norristown, PA also has a train station that is approximately 40 minutes away by taxi and is accessible from the Philadelphia Airport.
    • Car Services and Cabs: Call J & J Transportation at 1-800-726-5466 or 610-776-1516. Call Valley Cab Company at (215) 679-6215.

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