Friday, July 11, 2014

TEDxNewarkAcademy 2014

In May 2014, Newark Academy hosted TEDxNewarkAcademy, an event created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” and licensed as an official TEDx program. I initiated the process of bringing the event to Newark Academy in February 2013, and worked for more than a year with a talented and committed group of students and faculty to produce it.

The event featured six speakers from across the Newark Academy community—five current students, a member of the faculty, and an alumna. The speakers focused their presentations on the event’s theme, Beyond Content: Skills for the Future, a topic stemming from the school's recent strategic plan that included a call for an expansion of program initiatives aimed at helping NA students develop "the skills and qualities needed to meet the challenges of a complex, rapidly changing global environment." Speakers at TEDxNewarkAcademy spoke about experiences which have allowed them to develop, to practice, and/or to teach these skills and about why they value these skills in themselves and in others. In this way, presenters addressed enduring skills for the future by moving beyond the particular "content" of their individual experiences.

Crafting and practicing the original and memorized talks was at times a challenge for the students, and they rose to meet it. I'm pleased to share the videos of the six talks. Watch, enjoy, and share!

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