ISKME Blog Series

Big Ideas

Inspired by a New Generation of Energetic, Thoughtful Leaders at Big Ideas Fest ISKME    January 14, 2019 Guest Blogger Barbara Illowsky, PhD I recently had the great privilege and honor to share some stories about my role in promoting Open Educational Resources (OER) during the recent Big Ideas Fest in...
Bringing Our Authentic Selves To Make Change with Ashanti Branch of The Ever Forward Club ISKME    October 19, 2018 Ashanti Branch, Founder of The Ever Forward Club, will be joining us once again to kick off the opening session at Big Ideas Fest 2018. His groundbreaking work helps students and educators all...
Educating to Be Human 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...
BIFnik Spotlight: Bryan Lakatos 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...
Beyond Big Ideas Fest: Featuring Tara Jahn 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...
Cake, Stories, and Imagination: Big Ideas Fest 2015    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...
Big Ideas Impacting Teaching and Learning 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...
Unleashing Innovation in Teachers    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...
Turn on, Tune in, Drop into Improv Jonah Houston    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...
5 Questions for Ashanti Branch 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,...