5 steps to an awesome TEDxYouth event

“I’m still not sure how you pulled that off.” Those were the words of my wife Sheryl a few hours after TEDxLFHS was officially in the books. The giant red letters were packed, the carpet was rolled, and the photo booth was folded back into the box – all that was left was reflection and… Continue reading 5 steps to an awesome TEDxYouth event

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mixtape1285 on the TED-Ed Blog!

Cool news: mixtape1285 was recently featured on the official TED-Ed Blog! Click here to check out the post – it features a 10-step guide to DIY a StoryCorps booth at your school. The post pretty much says it all, but if you’re in search of a TL/DR, here’s the gist: mixtape1285 is a student storytelling… Continue reading mixtape1285 on the TED-Ed Blog!

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mixtape1285 – My TED-Ed Innovation Project

One of the cooler things I have going on right now is my involvement in the TED-Ed Innovative Educator program. It’s funny how your life changes in unexpected ways – when I became a TED-Ed Club facilitator in 2014, I never dreamed I’d become so involved with TED. Since that spring, I’ve organized a TEDx… Continue reading mixtape1285 – My TED-Ed Innovation Project


10 Observations about TEDYouth and TED-Ed Workshops

I must have accrued some serious karma in a previous life, because last weekend I was granted the unbelievable opportunity to attend TEDYouth in New York City and participate in workshops with the TED-Ed team. To put into context how this all happened, last spring I was invited to take part in the inaugural TED-Ed… Continue reading 10 Observations about TEDYouth and TED-Ed Workshops


Ideas in Action: The LFHS TED-Ed Club

The LFHS TED-Ed Club officially launched Tuesday, and it was a spirited turnout. A dozen students (with more promising to join after the fall sports season) attended and engaged in some lively conversations. If you are new to TED-Ed Clubs, here’s a little background: it’s TED-Ed’s official initiative aimed at celebrating student ideas and giving them more of a voice via TED-style Talks. That’s it in a nutshell, but the clubs are more than that.


21 things I learned from organizing a TEDxYouth Event

TEDxLakeForestHighSchool dropped on Thursday, April 16th – and all things considered, the event was a huge success. Months of planning culminated in 16 students and 9 community adults gracing our stage, inspiring our small audience, and hopefully starting conversations that matter. Talks included how students would reinvent the high school classroom, LGBT representation in the… Continue reading 21 things I learned from organizing a TEDxYouth Event