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Theme: mashEDup: re-imagine education

This event occurred on
April 9, 2011
10:00am - 2:30pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
San Francisco, CA
United States

TEDxSFED will examine how we are actively rethinking how, where, and when we learn. In an effort to "mashEDup", this event will bring together speakers with a variety of backgrounds and interests in an effort to re-imagine the future of education.

934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
United States
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Dale Dougherty

is the founder of Make magazine and the creator of Maker Faire, which leads a growing maker movement. He is GM of Maker Media at O'Reilly Media in Sebastopol, California. Dougherty is a co-founder of O'Reilly Media, a technical publisher and conference organizer known for its advocacy of Open Source and the Web. An early Web pioneer, Dale was the developer of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial Web site launched in 1993 and sold to America Online in 1995. Dale was developer and publisher of Web Review, the online magazine for Web designers from 1995-1999, which was sold to CMP in 1999. He coined the term Web 2.0 as part of developing the Web 2.0 Conference. Make Magazine started in 2005 followed by the first Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006. This year, Maker Faire was held in the Bay Area, Detroit and New York City.

Tony DeRose

is currently a Senior Scientist and lead of the Research Group at Pixar Animation Studios. He received a BS in Physics in from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. From 1986 to 1995 Dr. DeRose was a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. In 1998, he was a major contributor to the Oscar (c) winning short film "Geri's game," and in 2006 he received a Scientific and Technical Academy Award (c) for his work on the mathematics of surfaces. For the past several years he has become passionate about finding ways that Disney and Pixar can help to inspire the next generation of mathematicians, scientists, and engineers.

The Freeze

are half improvisational comedy/ half freestyle hip hop.They are a group of musicians and verbally deft MCs who tackle the foibles of daily life in a completely improvised freestyle rap show that uses audience suggestions to inspire their songs! Founded by Anthony Veneziale (Freestyle Love Supreme & The Electric Company) and composed of Bay Area musicians, teachers, and improvisers who are pushing the limit of jazz and hip hop. Featuring: Andrew Bancroft (Jelly Donut), Daveed Diggs (Mr. Diggs), Kyra Gordon (Super K), Olive Mitra (Junkyard), Sanjay Pardanani (P.I.O.M.), Brian Rodvien (Gift of Godvien), Mike Smith (Agent Smith), and Anthony Veneziale (Two Touch).

Sandy Speicher

leads IDEO's Design for Learning domain, which brings human-centered thinking to systemic challenges in education. Her work helps students, educators, entrepreneurs, and organizations use the tools and methods of design to work in new ways, to prepare for future challenges, and to transform their organizations and communities. Sandy has collaborated with students, teachers, schools, charter organizations, districts, foundations, universities, and nonprofit organizations to develop new solutions that enable learners to thrive in the 21st century. While much of her work has focused on education, Sandy has a broad range of experience leading and contributing to programs in the areas of hospitality, telecommunications, healthcare, and social innovation. Prior to joining IDEO, Sandy taught visual communications at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent six years teaching design thinking to fifth-graders at a public school in San Francisco. She launched her design career at MetaDesign, where she developed visual systems that brought clarity to complexity. Her work included brand development, way-finding graphics, and interactive platforms. Sandy holds an MA in Education from Stanford University and a BFA in Visual Communications from Washington University. She serves as a strategic adviser for the K-12 Lab at Stanford's d.school and as a member of the advisory board for the university's Learning, Design and Technology program. Sandy loves to travel and learn by immersing herself in other cultures. She takes pride in her fairly robust, yet still enigmatic, collection of Mona Lisa kitsch.

Victor Diaz

is the Founder and President of the Board of REALM Charter Schools. Victor was formally the Principal of Berkeley Technology Academy (BTECH), where he raised the API score 270 points in three years and earned the school its first accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Prior to BTECH, Victor was the principal of Community Academy in Boston. He has also served as a coach in SFUSD where he led instructional technology training. Victor is a Koshland Fellow, a Redford Center Honoree and a Ph.D Candidate in Language, Literacy, Society, and Culture at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a BA from UCLA, a JD from the New College of California Law School, and a Master's of Education in Instructional Technology from the University of San Francisco. He has worked in public education for 16 years. He is also an avid marathoner.

David Orphal

has taught history over the past 15 years for 7th to 12th grade students. He has worked in rural and urban schools, teaching in traditional and alternative programs. He has worked with university-based and alternative teacher training programs. Currently, he is coordinating Skyline High School's redesign efforts. In his free time, he in involved in educational think tanks with the Center for Teacher Quality and the California Teachers' Association.

Esther Cook

has been Chef Teacher in the Edible Schoolyard kitchen since its inception in 1997. Over the past fourteen years, she has developed a portfolio of innovative kitchen lessons linked to classroom curriculum and life skills. Ms. Cook brought years of cooking experience to her position as founding Chef Teacher. She has worked the line in Bay Area restaurants, baked bread into the midnight hours in New Hampshire, and catered for Garden District folks in New Orleans. She has collaborated with local theater and bookbinding artists to teach cooking, book-making and storytelling to immigrant children in Oakland, her home of 30 years. While working as a line cook at Citron in Oakland, Ms. Cook also volunteered for Market Cooking for Kids - a CUESA program that linked local farms and chefs to public schools to provide hands-on cooking experiences to the students. It was the profound staying power of these interactions with youth that led her to pursue teaching cooking to children. Esther grew up on a farm in rural New England, where meals came from the garden and were shared around the table with family and friends. As an adult the quality of those times informs the experience she strives to create with her students. It is her belief that the kitchen is a natural classroom brimming with delicious educational opportunities.

Susan Stauter

is currently the Artistic Director for the San Francisco Unified School District. She was instrumental in creating the Arts Education Master Plan, promising equity and access for all students during the curricular day. Susan Stauter designs and presents keynotes and workshops, consulting nationally and internationally in all areas of arts education. She was one of the readers for the audio version of Richard Florida's best selling Rise of the Creative Class and was named public reader for the 2009 K-12 Drama/Theatre Standards for the State of Colorado. She has worked as a writer/director for Disney, Anaheim and as a consultant to the Grammy Foundation in Santa Monica. She was named Founding Chair of the Theatre Department of the Los Angeles County High School of the Arts and went on to serve as Conservatory Director for the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Ms Stauter has won numerous awards, including the San Francisco Ballet's Choose to Move Award, the Leap Award for Excellence in Arts Education and in January 2011 a Founder's Award from the International Arts Schools Network. Among the organizations where she has presented keynotes and workshops are the New World Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, the Theatre Educators of America, the Ten Chimneys Foundation, The Tennessee Arts Academy, the Vienna Concerthaus, the Small Schools of New Zealand (named Visiting Scholar in Creativity), and the Leonard Bernstein Center for Arts Education, where she continues to consult as a lead teacher/trainer. Susan Stauter presents workshops on public speaking for the U.C. Berkeley Principal Leadership Institute and works as a private coach. In May of 2011 she will once again lead a workshop on the importance of arts and culture for Leadership, San Ramon at Tao House. Susan Stauter is the mother of designer Jeanine Payer.

Karen Brown

creative director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, is an award-winning designer who has lectured throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan on the human and environmental consequences of design. Her design has shaped the distinctive online and print publications of the Center for Ecoliteracy, including the Rethinking School Lunch Guide, Big Ideas, and educators' guides to the films Food, Inc., Nourish, and Connected. Her work has been featured in the Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Edutopia, and dozens of other publications as well as NBC's Today show. (www.ecoliteracy.org)

Betsy Corcoran

is co-founder of EdSurge, a brand new newsletter and (soon) website covering innovations in education technology. She had previously spent 10 years with Forbes, where she served as Executive Editor for technology coverage at Forbes magazine and Forbes.com. She's written cover stories on subjects from robotics to engineers jump starting their careers. She's also been a frequent television commentator on programs including Forbes on Fox, CNBC, NCB's "Press Here," and other programs. Earlier in her career, Elizabeth was an award-winning staff reporter for The Washington Post, covering high-tech issues in government and Silicon Valley. She once lost her car during reporting at CIA headquarters but it was located quite quickly. Unnervingly quickly, in fact. She also was an editor at Scientific American, where she wrote about supercomputing, quantum dots and the economic theories of Larry Summers.

George Watsky

is a writer and performer from San Francisco now based in Los Angeles. A veteran of the spoken word community and a rising rapper who has found a new following online, George was featured on Season 6 of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. He was the 2006 Youth Speaks Grand Slam Poetry Champion, 2006 Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Champion, and performed in a record six consecutive Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals. In 2009 George was one of three poets who performed live on FOX at the NAACP Image Awards in honor of Russell Simmons' lifetime achievement award, and in 2010 he performed live as a guest on the Ellen Degeneres Show. He has also been profiled on the Carson Daily Show, in Billboard Magazine and on CBS News. George's self-released debut, Watsky, reached as high as #7 on the iTunes Hip Hop albums chart.

Organizing team


San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Courtney McIIhenny
  • Howard Levin
  • Andy Russell
  • Betty Ray
  • Ann Thai