Innovations in Education

Future of Ideas Series: Presented by UVA’s Curry School of Education

5PM – Educator Meetup and Happy Hour for Parents, Educators, Entrepreneurs

Co-hosted by the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce, DreamWakers, UVA Pay for Success Lab, Mountaintop Montessori School, CASTL: Curry School of Education, ReadyKids Cville, MACAA, and E3: Elevate Early Education.

During the mixer, join in on creating Collaborative Virtual Reality Art. Participants will have the chance to enter the canvas and create art like they never have before. Local artist Jeff “Doc Jim” Dobrow will be facilitating a collaborative, live painting event in virtual reality, a hands-on educator session, and a Q&Play. This art will be viewable to all in real time as people add and create art in the virtual space.
Bring your child to a free night at the Virginia Discovery Museum (5PM -8PM); Information provided on the child registration form.

6PM – Program

Many indicators of an individual’s future success has been determined by exposure to quality education before the age of 8 — mentally, emotionally, and socially. During that time, the human brain undergoes rapid development; it’s a period when a child builds cognitive skills, as well as character skills, social-emotional growth, gross-motor skills and executive functioning, which includes everything from impulse control to problem solving.

Keynote Panel

Charlottesville is a hub for renowned research and practice in early childhood education. Learn the latest with a panel of experts, including, Bob Pianta, Dean of UVA’s Curry School of Education; Lisa Howard, Founding Director and CEO of E3: Elevated Early Education; Sarad Davenport, Executive Director of the City of Promise; and, Kristen Jamison, Assistant Professor of Teaching at UVA and Director of The Loop Center for Social and Emotional Development. Mike Chinn, President of S&P Global Market and Commodities Intelligence will moderate.


Flash Talks

Following the panel discussion, the panelists will stay onstage to interact with “big ideas” in the space. These include intergenerational learning, public private partnerships, and alternative models for education.


Artist in Residence

The program will be set against the backdrop of the internationally acclaimed stage of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle,” performed by one of our artists in residence, the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Earlier in the day, the troupe will hold a community workshop featuring the unique educational tools that puppetry offers young students, in the exposure to literature, the arts, and unleashing the power of imagination.



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