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Juliette LaMontagne

Founder & Managing Director, Breaker


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What are the advantages/disadvantages of learning models that exist outside of traditional educational institutions?

With the growing number of alternative learning pathways and opportunities to better serve the needs of individual students, what's working best? And what can we learn from the failures and tensions? Where and how have the models in the margins effectively disrupted the status quo?

I'll add to the conversation my current initiative, Breaker - driving alternative learning and social innovation by mobilizing interdisciplinary teams of young creative collaborators to design product solutions to global challenges.

This Live Conversation will start on Feb. 15, 2012, 1:00pm EST/ 10:00am PST


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  • Feb 15 2012: There is a strong need for innovation in schools and across education in general. I'm very concerned that schools do not meet the current needs of students who must be able to function in a world that is so very different from the one we've all grown up in. There are many constraints on both teaching and learning that ultimately take away from the true potential of students. Technology is a powerful tool that is rarely harnessed but even more importantly is the lack of focus on creative pursuits and real-world challenges. The ideal school for me would include several opportunities for play across the grade-levels, collaboration between similar and diverse ages of peers, community service, focus on solidifying basic skills, environmental connections and the Arts. The "Knowledge Economy" requires a different skill-set and we must enable individuals to be prepared for this. Through our company, IngeniousEd., we are hoping to find other visionaries and investors who want to put these ideas into reality! Traditional education had its time and now we must be creative and forward-thinking in our approach to both teaching and learning in the 21st century.

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