How communities can support teachers through innovative housing solutions

In the 19th century, teachers were often provided free housing in the form of a teacherage. In this talk Gregg Garn discusses innovative ways to modernize this idea for the 21st century and improve quality of life for our communities’ best teachers.

Gregg A. Garn, Ph.D., is the Dean of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma and the executive dir
ector of the K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal.  He holds the Humphreys Dean’s Chair and the Linda Clarke Anderson Presidential Professorship. He is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Garn is active in several national organizations, including the Politics of Education Association, the University Council for Educational Administration, and the American Educational Research Association.  His research agenda centers on school choice, policy development and implementation and the politics of education. He has authored articles in Educational Administration Quarterly, Education and Urban Society, Education Policy Analysis Archives, Journal of School Leadership and Educational Leadership. He has served as PI or Co-PI on projects overseeing over $40 million in grants from various government and private funders. He has wo

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Using technology to facilitate “aha!” moments

In evolutionary biology, an exaptation is a trait that is co-opted for a purpose other than that for which it had originally evolved. Dave King explains how technology and big data can mimic exaptation to create new, cross-discipline ideas.

Dave King has been involved in high-tech entrepreneurship since the early 1990s. He has over 15 years experience in all aspects of software development, from system architecture to large-scale database design to the psychology of user interfaces and management of Agile development teams. Dave helped pioneer paperless manufacturing information systems in the electronics industry, then focused on designing extensible software systems for ad hoc visualization and analysis of large-scale multidimensional datasets. In 2011, Dave saw the need for a more modular and cross-disciplinary approach to data science and founded Exaptive, Inc. in order to pursue ways that technology and community can be combined to facilitate innovation. In 2015, his company was named as one of five Cool New Vendors in the life sciences by Gartner and an Innovator of Year by the Journal Record and in 2016 was selected by the Bloor Group as one of the top 10 companies and technologies to watch. Dave holds a BS from MI

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Making sports your secret weapon

Amy shares how being up-to-date on sports knowledge can be a valuable tool for connecting at the office, at networking events, or even on a date.

Amy is the quarterback and co-founder of Last Night’s Game, a site for the sports curious; a safe haven to empower those who want to learn about the world of sports but don’t know where to start. While her athletic participation was short lived, Amy fell in love with the world of sports. That learned love for sports came in handy when she embarked on her career path which began in professional sports. She’s lived internationally and continues to travel anywhere and everywhere, which provides her with a global sports perspective. A master of small talk, bringing people together and the handwritten note (the art is not dead), you can often find this married lady not sweating the small stuff while embracing her inner domestic goddess or talking sports with her brother and co-founder.

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