Big Picture Learning is learning for the real world – Sara Leonard at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Sara Leonard is focused on Big Picture Learning and giving our youth a choice in education.

It’s time to rethink the educational platform on a wider scale and invite our communities to be an extension of the classroom outside of school. Big Picture model schools make learning more personal, meaningful, and provides kids a greater purpose, as they prepare for their future.

Learning and becoming real-world ready means that kids need to experiment beyond the classroom in order to have a well-rounded educational curriculum. Exploring their interests and being coached by professionals is a powerful and critical part of discovering their talents, skills, and appropriate choice for their professional life.

Early in her career, Sara made a personal commitment to be a change agent for students. Her experiences in the private sector, as a parent, and in all of her roles in schools gave her insights and a desire to help shape the future of educational practice.

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True mentorship requires bold transparency – Brandon Steppe at TEDxSanDiego 2017

Brandon Steppe’s heartfelt talk centers on the concept that the truth will indeed set you free. He shares about a time in his life when pain and fear had the potential to devour him, but his wife inspired him to channel those feelings and open up a music studio in his garage where he can work with young and struggling artists, with whom he has things in common.

He recalls the relationship with a 15-year old boy that he mentored, and how the vulnerability between the two of them changed his perception, and ultimately, his reality. Brandon discovered that the key to forming a bond of trust and openness was to be open and share his truth, and by doing so, discovered that therein lies the healing.

David’s Harp Foundation

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Humanizing the refugee crisis – Brian Sokol at TEDxSanDiego 2017

In this modern and brilliant discussion of the refugee crisis, Brian Sokol describes the devastating reality of the refugees who have fled from South Sudan to the border of Uganda in search of a better life for themselves and their children. He experiences them with great decency, humanity, and respect, as he came to know them individually on his journey as a photojournalist.

Sokol cautions the audience that statistics alone do not describe this group of people, but instead, lead to pity and shame. He asks, “how often do we use stats to describe people we love?” If we are to understand the reality of the refugee crisis then we need to hear their stories, and see what’s in their hearts. He argues that statistics dehumanize the 2.1 million people who fled to Uganda, and they are good human beings who are desperate for a better and safer life.

Brian Sokol Website

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