big ideas fest

Lisa Petrides, Ph.D.   December 01, 2016
  Our vision for Big Ideas Fest has always been to break through the comfort zone of typical education conferences—with the goal of creating a space to empower educators, catalyze collaboration, and spur innovation. Earlier this year we had not imagined that in...
ISKME   August 09, 2016
  We caught up with Bryan Lakatos, Director of Technology & Innovation at The Miami Valley School in Dayton, OH. In addition to being a two time BIFnik, Bryan attended our recent Action Collab Facilitator Training and shared how Big Ideas Fest has impacted his work...
ISKME   July 26, 2016
  We love having educators come to Big Ideas Fest for the first time. When they come back year after year and bring their colleagues, it's even better. We caught up with Colorado Education Initiative's Tara Jahn @Tara_Jahn to see how she has been incorporating the...
   January 26, 2016
While the real-time adrenalin and excitement of ISKME’s Big Ideas Fest 2015 have subsided, I wanted to share some personal take-aways about how to inspire collaboration to activate change in education.   First, is that listening to feedback and being open to surprises...
Megan Simmons   October 29, 2015
I recently had an opportunity to catch up with a member of our BIFnik community, Chula Vista High Tech High Director, Lillian Hsu. Lillian attended Big Ideas Fest in 2014 along with three teachers from her school. Lillian and her teachers utilized their time at Big Ideas...
   March 24, 2015
“In the future I am going to do something that scares me more often.”    -Prior Big Ideas Fest 2014 ParticipantReflections like the one above are what keep me coming back every year as a designer and facilitator of ISKME’s Big Ideas Fest — an annual immersion in...
Andrey Kutyrev   February 09, 2015
We’ve built in “improv"–the improvisational method of achieving cooperation–into the DNA of Action Collabs that we offer at ISKME. Most recently, a writer from San Francisco’s KQED Mind/Shift called out our use of improv at our annual Big Ideas Fest. If you check...
ISKME   
Talk about Big Ideas Fest success stories. Ashanti Branch walked off the stage at Big Ideas Fest 2014 and onto the stage at Sundance Film Festival in early 2015, where he premiered his documentary, The Mask You Live In. A high school principal, Ashanti developed a...
Julie Atkins   November 03, 2014
We are excited that past participant Thomas Voden (Associate Professor of Mathematics and STEM Grant Director at Glendale Community College) will be returning to Big Ideas Fest this year as an Action Collab apprentice facilitator. Action Collabs are an integral part of Big...
Julie Atkins   October 16, 2014
I’m part of a Facebook group titled “I worked for MTV when it was cool to work for MTV.” It’s fun to reminisce about riding the elevators with Kurt Loder (shorter than you might expect) and Cindy Crawford (taller than you even guessed). I’ll never forget playing pool with...