The first TEDxMCPSTeachers event theme is “Transforming Teaching Right Before Your Eyes!”  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Hellgate High School Auditorium, 900 South Higgins Avenue, in Missoula.  A light dinner will be available at the event. Click here to view or download a pdf of the program.


2:30-3:45 p.m.      Registration
3:00-3:20 p.m.     Bonus: Pre-recorded TED Talks
3:20-3:30 p.m.     Audience Directions

3:30-5:15 p.m.     Session I

Host Melanie Charlson

  • Welcome
  • TEDx Introduction*
  • Introducing TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing*
  • Marco Tempest: A magical tale (with augmented reality)*
  • Craig Messerman: Standards-based grading and the game of school
  • Rachel Rhoades: Coordinating a film festival
  • Tracy Hardy: How do you teach a kid on the roof
  • Kasey Dirnberger: The Importance of Technology Education at the Elementary Level
  • Paul Anderson: Classroom game design*
  • Katie Didier: When technology turns toxic
  • Michelle Beatty: Student engagement and learning environments with PBL
  • Kelly Chumrau: Isn’t it a wonder?
  • Scott Chook: Motivation through movie making
  • Jessica Stamler: Co-teaching–avoiding the clash of the titans
  • Eric Whitacre: Virtual choir 2,000 voices strong*

5:15-6:00 p.m.     Break for Refreshments – Hellgate High School Cafeteria
Please join us for a complimentary meal and to sign Session I speaker posters.

6:00-7:45 p.m.     Session II

Host Melanie Charlson

  • Welcome back
  • Tierney Thys: The Secret Life of Plankton*
  • Mack Gilcrest: Percussion solo
  • Dave Oberbillig: Our relationship with food as a biological concept
  • Austin Graef: Spoken art
  • Michele Nokleby: Share it! Publishing student work online
  • Nick Shepherd: Flipped classroom
  • Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations … by banjo*
  • Brad Chumrau: Finding inspiration and liberation through inquiry-based education
  • Lisa Waller: Do what you love
  • Wendy Lofthouse: My son—lessons learned
  • Kenzie Lombardi: Apathy
  • Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership*

7:45-8:00 p.m.     Audience and Speaker Reception
Please join us to thank all of our speakers and to sign Session II speaker posters.

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