An innovative approach to sharing ideas for enhancing classroom learning had teacher compete to share innovations at an education summit.
The friendly competition in Minneapolis was modeled after the reality show “Shark Tank.” Each presenter had a minute to give an accelerated version of their idea and request funding. Pitches varied from a stop-motion video project to a pizza garden to different makerspaces
Three winners gained up to $1500 in seed money. But for all participants, the event was the start of a much more wide reaching idea. In short, grassroots educational innovations need support, and they are widespread.
“This is the culminating event,” Lanise Block, the district’s point person for educator-driven innovation said at the end of the contest last Friday. “We wanted it to be known that there are pockets of innovation in our district.”