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!
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,
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:
- 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
- Google Blogger – Check out this service as a potential blog platform.
1. Discussed roles needed for next year:
- Coordinate meetings (setting agendas; securing room)
- Go-to person
- Coordinate internal groups
- Funding proposals (actively look for funding opportunities; manage internal funding requests)
- Advertise & promote club and club events
Think about whether you can fulfill these roles and we’ll discuss who should assume which role next time!
2. Discussed seminar/conference possibilities. If we want it to be in the fall, planning must start now and be finished by mid summer. If we want it to be next spring, planning must by finished by the fall.
3. Created a shared Google Calendar
For next meeting:
- Discuss positions for next year
- Reemphasize more group members
1. Discussed opportunities with Upward Bound & Talent Search Tutorials (15mins):
We have the opportunity to plan and implement workshops at each of the tutorials (excluding the last as it is an end of semester celebration). These workshops might include more demonstrations, such as those on March 23rd, or other innovative ways to engage students in their learning. We are allowed complete creative freedoms to try things out. For this project we will plan these three tutorials for next semester (Fall 2013) to present to the director for approval by the end of this academic year.
2. Discussed the Mission and Vision for the club (30mins):
To be fully decided upon through google docs and the next meeting.
3. Split into task forces for the different projects:
Problem Based Learning curriculum/Produce VT
Upward Bound & Talent Search Tutorial planning
Decided that regular meetings will meet twice a month instead of weekly while these projects groups meet in between and as needed.
1. Summary of the events and feedback received from the engineering outreach with Upward Bound & Talent Search at Virginia Tech
2. Listed and discussed ideas for implementation:
- Undergraduate Research Resource Database
- Annual Seminar/conference
- Essay Contest/Scholarship
- Produce VT
- Problem Solving Competitions
- Reward Professors (Digs Scholars)
- Outreach to students
- Curriculum Ideas
- evaluate current classes and create strategies on how to make them better
- alternative schools taught using alternative methods (flip schooling)
- Short term projects presented to middle/high school kids posed with general, broad questions i.e. how could you improve Tech? Solve this problem at the end of a week-2 week program.
- Outreach to teachers about innovative methods
For the next meeting: Determine which projects are feasible and prioritize what to work on.