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TEDx Crestmoor Park

 


Event Details:

TEDxCrestmoorParkED, presented by Colorado Public Television, featured The Education SPARK on October 24, 2013 at the Lakewood Cultural Center.

This live, interactive event featured dynamic speakers who talked about SPARK, the interaction between academics and physical fitness, dropout prevention strategies, and additional ideas related to education.

Speaker Videos, Summaries and Smart Graphics:

Click on each speaker's photo below for a video of his or her talk, a brief summary, as well as amazing "smart graphics" that artist Janine Underwood created during each speech.

   
 
   
 
   
 
   

About TEDx, x = Independently Organized Event:

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is call TEDxCrestmoorParkED, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxCrestmoorParkED event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About SPARK:

During the academic year 2012-2013 Jefferson County Schools (Jeffco) implemented SPARK* in five schools to test the revolutionary brain and fitness initiative. Designed to directly impact learning performance, SPARK leverages the benefits of physical activity on brain performance and behavior. By getting students physically moving more during school and enjoying the brain wake-up that is a result of the aerobic activity, SPARK is showing incredible academic improvements. The initiative is based on the book by Harvard MD, Dr. John Ratey, that argues the link between improved academic performance (test scores), better attendance and reduced behavioral issues with vigorous physical activity when included in every school day.

*The research, as highlighted in the book SPARK is compelling. School district after school district has implemented a version of the SPARK philosophy in their academic day and has seen test scores and student confidence rise, while behavioral issues have fallen. In Naperville, Illinois, the children at Naperville Central High School, after the SPARK implementation, scored first in the world in science test scores and sixth in math, behind only Asian countries. At the five Jeffco schools where SPARK was implemented in the Denver area, students who were previously part of the “frequent flier group” to the principal, and a common topic at staff meetings, have not been sent to the office yet this year, and are no longer a concern with staff. While anecdotal at this stage of the Jeffco experiment, the evidence is clear that including at least 60 minutes of vigorous exercise in a school day, leads to better school performance and cuts down on the factors that lead to school disengagement and dropout. The evidence is convincing and SPARK is an idea that is worth sharing.

 

Take a look at our recent blog post, Exercise & the Brain: A Movement Based on Movement Is Taking Shape in Colorado Schools, to learn more about the effects of SPARK in Jeffco Public Schools

 


 

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This event is part of American Graduate – Let's make it happen – a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


Kim Bevill

Short Bio:

Kim brings her 14 years of teaching and more recent experience working with educators to stop the dropout phenomenon to the TEDx stage and will leave you feeling passionate, purposeful and inspired in the classroom. Be ready to think outside the box with Kim’s experience with educator training on neuroscience and the instructional strategies that work for anyone with a brain!


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Summary of Kim's TEDx Talk:

Kim Bevill talks about neuroscience and instructional strategies that work for anyone with a brain. She decided to be a teacher 20 years ago. She followed Kennedy's advice that we needed innovation and creativity. So she decided to become a teacher to create lessons that would make people cheer. This country needs innovation. She took these great lessons to her classroom and found that her students would eventually loose the ability to concentrate and ended up drooling on the desk. So she got them up and moving like in P.E. and it worked. She looked into the research and found there was scientific evidence that what she was doing worked. It's like magic in your brain. Get kids up and moving and they will work at grade level. It turns out if we don't move, we don't achieve. Ten years ago she weighed 50 pounds more than she does now. As she learned, she lost weight and she learned more. Twenty minutes of exercise did it. The research starts with two minutes. Get moving for two minutes and the positive benefits begin. This can bring out the genius, create an innovator, help that kid write that book, succeed. This country is known for freedom, innovation, problem solving, not standardized test scores. So start caring about what matters. What we can do if we get up and move. And as a surprise, the more physically fit we get the better the scores are. Today is the day you can make healthy choices. If you can get moving for 20 minutes you can make magic happen.


Smart Graphic (drawn live by Janine Underhill):

Jessica Clayton

Short Bio:

Jessica Clayton, founder of Dance Exploration, is a local professional ballet dancer with an impressive performance history and repertoire under her belt including her original “Dance to Learn!” curriculum. Jessica loves to share her knowledge on how dance can be used as an educational tool for children by training professional dancers and school teachers.


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Summary of Jessica's TEDx Talk:

Jessica Clayton is the founder of Dance Exploration. She is a ballet dancer who created a Dance to Learn curriculum. She became a dancer in elementary school. Ballet is one of the best ways to tell a story without talking. SHe developed a program to teach kids dance and also help them learn. Her goal is to get as many kids dancing as possible. And then the kids came out and danced to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and they showed us how it's done.


Smart Graphic (drawn live by Janine Underhill):

Steve Dobo

Short Bio:

Steve Dobo is an entrepreneur who’s sweet spot is innovating around the dropout crisis. As the founder, CEO and president of Zero Dropouts, Steve is taking his years of dropout intervention expertise to the national stage. By using technology, social media and marketing techniques, Zero Dropouts is seeking to creatively reduce dropout numbers. Throughout his 30-year career, Steve has worked with homeless teens and families, parents in poverty and youth at risk.


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Summary of Steve's TEDx Talk:

Steve Dobo started by telling us how invisible he felt as a kid. He pointed out that sometimes our greatest wound becomes our greatest gift in life. In Avatar Steve saw a little moment where the Na'vi would say "I see you." He looks for those moments with the kids he meets in his work. He looks for people with whom to work who really see kids too. His organization works to prevent dropouts in public schools. And their results are amazing. In the Boulder Valley School District they put in a program to see kids through their school careers to find the place where the change happened. He moved to calling it a Dropout System Program. Not the kids, but the system needs to change. The system needs to see kids. We can start by seeing each other.


Smart Graphic (drawn live by Janine Underhill):

Stacie Gilmore

Short Bio:

Stacie Gilmore, co-founder of Environmental Learning for Kids (ELK), has dedicated her life to diversifying the face of natural resources, most recently through anti-oppression work that aligns with her strong commitment to inclusivity and equity around environmental and educational rights. Since 1996, she and co-founder and husband Scott Gilmore, have worked to get kids into nature for the wonders of a science education.


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Summary of Stacie's TEDx Talk:

Stacie co-founded ELK (Environmental Learning for Kids) with her husband Scott to bring environmental education to kids who might not get it otherwise. She taught kids fish anatomy, how to cast, but the best part was seeing kids light up when they caught their first fish. It changed her life direction. She was a wildlife biologist and she decided that she would encourage and engage kids early in life so they would know that there were careers out there like theirs. They wanted kids and their families to get into the outdoors. Last year they raised the money to buy land for their program and they have big plans for the land. They want to have a place for kids and their families to learn about the outdoors. Stacie was sick of hearing people talk about what should be done, and she just did it, at times motivated by anger. But she tells herself, you can do this. You will make this happen. Your community deserves this. You are going to have days when this is tough. But walk through it like you have it all taken care of. It's all how you perceive it. Remember that women, you sometimes have trouble trusting your gut. So remember you can work towards your dream.


Smart Graphic (drawn live by Janine Underhill):

David Kollar

Short Bio:

David Kollar has been an integral part of Jeffco Public Schools’ Office of Dropout Prevention and Recovery as its director since its inception five years ago. In that time, Jeffco’s dropout rate has fallen by 50%. Dave is also the father of two elementary age daughters and he plays a very important role as a member of the Watch Dog program at their school.


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Summary of David's TEDx Talk:

David Kollar is Director of Jefferson County's Dropout Prevention Office. He has seen some amazing stories of people overcoming huge barriers to graduate high school. Each student struggling has a story that is different. He emphasizes that everyone knows someone who was not successful in school and that many of these people have been successful in life. However, it will be much more difficult for students who do not graduate in 2014. Without parents involvement, kids have a much harder time and elementary school is critical to student’s academic and social outcomes. Schools can influence this by providing opportunities for mentoring and role models in school. Schools have typically engaged mothers much more effectively than fathers. The more authentic engagement we can make with kids the better their outcomes will be. And this includes connections with fathers. He is a parent of two young girls and he thought he was going a good job of this but found out that he wasn't as relevant as he thought. He suggests that schools can do a better job of engaging fathers and hopes that parents consider how they can be more engaged in their children’s lives.


Smart Graphic (drawn live by Janine Underhill):

Lisa Lee

Short Bio:

What do you get when you combine a joyful love of teaching and a two-time Teacher of the Year honoree? You get Lisa Lee, Jeffco teacher extraordinaire. Lisa is convinced that teaching is the most important of all professions, and she has lived this both as an educator and student. Although she has taught for many years, as long as she still gets butterflies every August Lisa will be where the magic happens: in her classroom.


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Summary of Lisa's TEDx Talk:

Lisa Lee has been a teacher for 25 years, well respected and loved by her colleagues and students. She likened teaching middle school to living on a gator farm. But those middle schoolers turned out to be perfect to her! Teaching is the most important thing in the world. She quoted Steinbeck in saying teaching is the greatest of the arts. She had some of the finest teachers on the planet, because they valued her and made their classrooms a safe place to learn. They reached into her life when her mother died and taught her how to move on. As a teacher she sees her students where they are. She leads them in cheers. We all have a common core of needs to be valued, respected, and seen for who we are. That other common core might get in the way, the one mandated by the state. Her core of respect and value has helped her thrive, and her students too. Her southern accent accented her belief that every single person has a capacity to make a difference.


Smart Graphic (drawn live by Janine Underhill):

Reggie Rivers

Short Bio:

Inspired to become a journalist by the movie, “All the President’s Men,” at the age of 14, Reggie Rivers has achieved that goal and so much more. As a freshman at Southwest Texas State University, Rivers landed an internship at the Austin American-Statesman and later won a highly competitive internship at Long Island’s Newsday. In 1991, Reggie moved to Denver to begin a career with the Denver Broncos. His journalism continued on during his Broncos career with the Rocky Mountain News, Broncos Beat, Sports Extra, The Orange Zone, Reggie’s Kids and Rolling with Rivers. Post football, Rivers is still earning his journalistic chops with radio, television and print assignments including sports and international topics expertise.


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Summary of Reggie's TEDx Talk:

Journalist, thinker, student, and former Denver Bronco, Reggie Rivers has a lot to say about achieving your goals. First of all don't focus on them. Focus on your behaviors, which are within your control. The goal is not. Like getting an A in the class, you can't control the grade, but you can control your behaviors - your homework, effort. To get his first girlfriend, for two weeks and three days, he focused on what he could do to get her to go out with him. He changed classes, he found a way to be near her, and he asked. That's the model for life. We all go through this. It starts with a goal. You can't focus on the goal. You aren't there yet. You need to do the steps and focus on that. It will help with how you feel about yourself and motivate you. When I set a goal, I immediately look at short term behaviors - what can I do today to reach that goal. Today, tomorrow, and this week is as far as I can go. That keeps me focused on my behaviors and motivated. I don't get deflated looking at the stuff I can't control. The behaviors are the building blocks that get you to your goals.


Smart Graphic (drawn live by Janine Underhill):

Mae Thompson

Short Bio:

Mae Thompson is a senior at Ralston Valley High School where she is actualizing an early passion for health. It all began with a Jillian Michaels book and has turned into student health activism and service on the Jeffco Public Schools Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC) and the Community Health Action Team (CHAT). When she’s not hiking, climbing, cooking or chilling with friends, Mae can be found making an impact on the health and wellbeing of students and her community.


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Summary of Mae's TEDx Talk:

Mae Thompson is a student with a passion for student health. Underage drinking and marijuana usage are huge health problems and can lead to some really deadly situations. Mae exclaimed that as a teenager, sometimes she is surprised she is alive, considering how bad the statistics are for her generation. Teens are not just problems to be fixed but solutions to be cultivated. She used Toy Story to explain what their common mission was - to create a better community. She created an organization to deal with student health issues. It was awkward at first. Adults and teenagers working together was not always easy. But the partnership allowed them to make significant changes. And she learned that adults and youth must trust each other. Teens must be seen as the solution, not just the problem. Teens need to be treated with respect so that they can rise to the occasion.


Smart Graphic (drawn live by Janine Underhill):

Cyrus Weinberger

Short Bio:

This innovative teacher and school principal has incorporated rigorous physical activity into every school day at Red Hawk Elementary, a school he founded and shaped in Erie, Colorado. The result has been extraordinary academics and a school that kids love to attend. The best part is that he believes this kind of program can be implemented in every school at little to no cost and could help transform the quality of education in America while reversing the current obesity trend.


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Summary of Cyrus' TEDx Talk:

Cyrus Weinberger is a Principal at Red Hawk Elementary. He combines rigorous academics with vigorous exercise. He believes we can turn around the obesity epidemic and behavior issues and attention and focus. In every school he's ever been in there are pockets of teacher champions who believed that healthy eating and exercise helped students learn. He had the opportunity to create a school program from scratch that uses all of his belief to get kids moving 30-40 minutes daily in addition to PE and recess. Parents say kids are more focused and ready to learn and kids say the same. In an era of challenges to schools that will take away recess and PE, hoping to increase performance, they are working against brain research and science. Rigorous academic instruction coupled with movement and healthy eating make for amazing results. Any school with any resources and any facilities can find ways to do it with inexpensive stuff. This can transform education in America. So get out there, move, and have some fun.


Smart Graphic (drawn live by Janine Underhill):

Kim Johnson

As Interim General Manager & Chief Operating Officer, Kim directs the strategic and long-term planning of station projects, partnerships and initiatives. Working with the department managers, she supervises the development of station-wide priorities, revenues and asset management. With over 28 years of experience in broadcasting, her background includes project management of both internal and collaborative systems operations, legal affairs, multiphase conversion of equipment and operations, broadcast facility relocations, and content development. Kim has produced several award winning programs that have been broadcast locally and nationally, and has directed and produced video projects for commercial enterprises. Her technical background includes intensive coursework, operational experience and a First Class Radio telephone license. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Journalism and is active in several community organizations. enterprises. Her technical background includes intensive coursework, operational experience and a First Class Radio telephone license. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Journalism and is active in several community organizations.

Darius Richards

Short Bio:

Darius Richards was born to play sports. When other kids were watching cartoons, Darius was watching Sports Center! He’s a natural athlete – from playing competitive football, basketball and baseball -– and a natural leader who in the 4th grade, was nominated to be a Playworks Junior Coach. But his achievements aren’t only on the sports field and playground, Darius is also a talented student, musician and robotics aficionado.


Video of Darius' Live Talk:




Summary of Darius' TEDx Talk:

Darius Richards is an athlete and a leader in his school, musician and robotics guy. He began loving ESPN at three years old. His big idea is that kids need more recess. At his school they only have gym on some days. And on those days he is more engaged and more excited about school. His use of excercize has brought him from an IEP to being Advanced in several subjects. He led the crowd in a cheer "Recess! Recess!" as he walked off the stage.


Smart Graphic (drawn live by Janine Underhill):

Christen Bakken

Short Bio:

Christen Bakken brings the joy and personal growth of yoga to her passion for teaching and children. Through Yoga for Young Warriors, Christen honors each child’s spirit, nurturing our future leaders with movement.


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Summary of Christen's TEDx Talk:

Christen Bakken founded Yoga of Young Warriors. She stepped on the sage and took her shoes off. She left being a school teacher to begin Young Warriors to sever kids hearts. We can use movement as a catalyst to speak to children's hearts and minds. The yoga mat is a mirror of how we live our lives. And that was all the talk. She got us moving, in our seats. And standing in tadasana. And breathing. She ended by having us all say "The teacher in me sees the teacher in you."


Smart Graphic (drawn live by Janine Underhill):

Janine Underhill

Short Bio:

For over 16 years Janine Underhill has helped make the invisible visible. She's helped Fortune-100 clients and non-profit firms alike, create repeatable blueprints to reach important meeting outcomes, get diverse minds on-board to accomplish complex team efforts, and arrive at solidified leadership decisions based on quality discoveries. Janine practices experiential big-picture learning modalities so meeting participants can fully engage in conversation, and tether their ideas and beliefs to the big picture of the organization.


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Summary of Janine's Talk

Janine Underhill of IDEA 360 talked to us about the power of pictures and stories. We have an eight second attention span in which to share stories and incite action. Adventures help us gather stories that we can share around the campfire. The stores help you see things and people in a new way. How do we bring the campfire stories into our everyday? By asking questions about what's going on. We need to acknowledge that we are all process ing an overwhelming amount of information every day and that is hard. And we devote about eight seconds to whatever is in front of us. Visual data use is growing enormously. This changes our brains. When we intentionally design information to capture people's brains and hearts in the room, then we get much more than that eight seconds. We need the power of pictures and the power of stories to light up our brains. We have the coice to ask the provocative questions and bring the story to other people and share what we learned. Don't let the story disappear.

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