Minutes 10/2/13

Today we had an interest meeting to bring in new members to InnovateEDU. We shared the goals of our organization and described our current projects: The Fair, UBTS workshops, and PS 101.

We then asked new members what they’re interested in and why they came here:

  • Wanted to get involved with educational policy
  • Help expand the use of flipped classrooms
  • Help set up programs that would captivate interest for middle or high schoolers
  • Frustration with their own secondary and tertiary education
New project ideas suggested:
  • Encouraging expansion of flipped classrooms
  • Research Virginia gubernatorial candidates views on education and inform students about them
  • Teaching kids about exploring current events/politics, getting the full story and various viewpoints, how to determine biases
  • Taking high-schoolers on an on-school-grounds nature field trip

We’ll be meeting next week, October 15th, to discuss these new ideas and our current projects!


Minutes 09/10/13

During our first general meeting of the year (!!!), we brought ourselves up to date on our two major projects, the Undergraduate Opportunities Fair and PS 101, considered our meeting schedule, and discussed recruitment.

Our next meeting will be in two weeks, the 24th, in (hopefully) Torgerson room 1120 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Torg 1120 is an awesome room! All of the furniture is vibrantly colorful and wheeled, its walls are literally whiteboards, and it has four projectors and a huge smart board. These come together to provide a fantastic atmosphere for discussion and brainstorming. Come check it out, if only to see the future of classrooms.

We then dedicated the rest of the evening to determining how to increase our roster. We will be focusing primarily on adverts in listservs, distributing flyers to RAs, and contacting other education-related student organizations. We are looking to bring our numbers up within the coming month.

If you were not at the meeting but would like to join us to work on recruitment and advertisements or The Fair, just shoot me an email! We’re in need of some help.


Have a great day y’all,


A sound strategy to create and implement ProDUCE VT & PS 101

Cassidy Grubbs & I met early today to discuss our vision and strategy to develop PS 101 and ProDUCE VT. We’ve laid a broad outline, spanning from now to late Spring semester of 2014, covering our intentions for ProDUCE VT and PS 101. Our portfolio progresses from research and development to the implementation and distribution of a product we believe will be extremely beneficial to students and the university.

Summer ’13:

  • Thorough review of literature and anecdotal evidence on (Group) Problem Based Learning
  • Examine existing programs/case studies
  • Identify the process to push for a pilot ProDUCE VT
  • PS 101 – Develop a concrete structure and begin creating daily plans + materials

Fall ’13

  • Continue to develop the curriculum/lesson plans for PS 101
  • Start the push for a ProDUCE VT pilot
  • Observe (G)PBL in action; both how it can be facilitated and how participants navigate the challenges
  • Present progress, become activists for ProDUCE VT/PS 101

Spring ’13

  • Teach PS 101
  • Continue pushing for a ProDUCE VT pilot.
  • Present at our SemiConfoSium

Minutes 05/01/13

Fairly big meeting this week! Overview, commence!

1. Discussed and declared Summer-time executive positions. Positions will be reassessed again during the coming Fall semester. We decided a Secretary was unnecessary over the break.

  • President: Jonathan Krone
  • Treasurer: John Morelock
  • Marketing: Cassidy Grubbs

2. Recruitment is a top priority over the Summer and Fall semester. We need additional members to best provide our current programs. We discussed avenues for recruitment such as:

  • GobblerFest
  • HRC Exchange
  • Listservs such as EDCI and University Honors
  • Education-oriented student organizations

3. We discussed objectives to be met over the Summer. Most objectives are associated with projects currently in development such as the planning of PS 101 and the solidification of lesson plans for our participation with Upward Bound & Talent Search.

  • UB&TS – solid lesson plans including physical and presentation materials
  • Semiconfusorium event planning
  • PS 101
  • Persistent updates – Consistent progress reports to keep everyone informed
  • GobblerConnect
  • Google Blogger – Check out this service as a potential blog platform.