Save the date! The second-annual Ignite Education Lab is returning to Town Hall Seattle On Wednesday, February 8th. This night of quick-fire education-themed storytelling is presented by The Seattle Times and Ignite Seattle and will be sure to make you laugh/cry/cheer/gasp/rise up. This is exactly how we should be kicking off 2017.
Here are some answers to your FAQs about the event.
What is Ignite? In the wise words of The Stranger, Ignite talks are “sort of like a TED talk on crack.” Speakers get exactly five minutes with exactly 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. It’s insane. I’ve done three Ignite talks and every time in the hours leading up to the event I promise myself NEVER AGAIN and then I love it and then I do it again. Learn more about Ignite Seattle here.
How can I be a speaker? Apply here. Heads up: You’ll need a video link to apply. This can be a two-minute pitch created for #IgniteEdLab OR it can be a link to an example of you doing some kind of public speaking thing. (BTW, are you a teacher? You perform all week long in front of the hardest audience out there for a living. You’ve got this.) Pitch deadline is January 13.
Who should apply to be a speaker? Teachers. Students. School bus drivers. Guidance counselors. Anyone who ever went to school. Anyone with a great story about a parent-teacher conference. Anyone who was once a teacher’s pet, troublemaker, band nerd, jock, school bully, cheerleader, weird theater kid. Anybody who has anything to say about schools and what we should do about them.
What should I speak about? Start with a story. Maybe it was from your first year teaching as you cried in your car every day. Maybe it is about that time your mom won the science fair. Maybe it’s about that time you transformed that broken school and inspired the world. Whatever. But tell us a story. And then tell us why we should care about it. In a five-minute talk, that’s about 3—4 main “beats” for your story and its lessons. Find more hints about getting your pitch accepted here.
When is it? Wednesday, February 8. 6:30—9 PM.
Where is it? Town Hall Seattle. 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle 98101
How much does it cost? It’s FREE to register if you do it right now. $5 after January 5 for pre-sale, $10 at the door. Register here.
Who can be in the audience? Anyone! This is an all-ages event for everyone—education people, tech people, thirsty people (there’s a bar!), people who like selfies (there might be a photobooth!), activists, readers, writers, young people, old people who are shocked that this event is in the middle of the week.
Need some cautiously optimistic inspiration for the new year? Check out my annual round-up Mostly Appropriate Resources: 2016 in Review.
Looking for more #IgniteEdLab inspiration? Check out these talks from last year.
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