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A Trail of A-Ha's: Why We Invited Dan Pink to BIF10

We're full of news about BIF10: Early registration discount (save $200 before May 1), exciting 3D printing workshop! But nothing gets us as excited as the storyteller lineup. Most recently confirmed: Daniel Pink. Here's why storytellers like Dan Pink are central to what the BIF Summit is all about:

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Complete Florida: Looking at Higher Education Through the Lens of the Florida Adult Learner

Education does not fit neatly into the lives of adult learners, which makes the traditional higher education experience difficult for them to manage. Currently 2.2 million adult learners in Florida have earned some college credit, but due to various circumstances, have been unable to complete their degree. This is 25 percent of the workforce. Recognizing this as an opportunity for improving Florida’s economy, the state tasked the Innovation Institute within the University of West Florida (UWF) to lead the Complete Florida Initiative. Wanting to design the initiative around the voice and experience of the adult learner, UWF came to BIF to grasp a better understanding of their complex lives, their motivations, attitudes and perceptions around a higher education degree, and the barriers that have gotten in the way of college degree completion.

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Renee Hopkins Joins the BIF Staff!

We are thrilled to announce that Renee Hopkins is joining BIF as our new Community Engagement Manager. Who better to engage BIF's growing community of innovation junkies than one of our most active community members and one of the highest regarded innovation voices out there?

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TD4Ed Seeking Teachers in Chicago and Philadelphia for Participatory Design Program

TD4EdAfter successfully launching the first Teachers Design for Education (TD4Ed) pilot program in Rhode Island this month, the TD4Ed team is now turning toward the next two pilot programs in April: Philadelphia and Chicago. Do you know any teachers seeking a new way of solving problems within their classrooms, school, or community in one of these cities? We'd like to talk to you!

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Five Tips for Facilitating a Design Thinking Workshop

TD4Ed workshopWe hosted our first TD4Ed kickoff workshop for our Rhode Island pilot last weekend, and we can finally breathe a sigh of relief. All the work we’ve been doing over the past few months paid off. Our four teams of teachers left exhausted but excited, with important design challenges to tackle over the next six weeks. Hosting a workshop takes a lot of time and planning, and even then, something is guaranteed to go differently than you expected. Since one of our principles for TD4Ed is transparency, here are a few important learnings we gleaned from our experience over the weekend.

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A Sneak Peek into the Lives of the Floridian Adult Learner

This past month, we spent time in Florida talking with adult learners to hear about their lives, their experiences attending school and the challenges that got in the way. This video gives a sneak peek into some of their stories and the complexities that make completing a degree no simple task. 

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