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School district, Symposium welcome Sir Ken Robinson for panel discussion, Oct. 14

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Eagle County Schools and the Vail Symposium will welcome Sir Ken Robinson as the keynote speaker for their "Educate!" program on Friday, Oct. 14, from 3:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards.

"Sir Ken Robinson is one of the most prominent minds in education, and we are thrilled to have partnered with Eagle County Schools to bring such an esteemed speaker to our valley," said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vail Symposium. "This is an opportunity for the community and our educators to convene, learn, discuss and leave energized with new ideas for educating our students."

Robinson, author of numerous books, including "Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education," is an internationally recognized authority on creativity and innovation in education and business. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the TEDTalks and have been seen by an estimated 380 million people in more than 150 countries.

Ticket sales for the event are now being offered to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited tickets remain, and the public is encouraged to visit the Vail Symposium website to register to guarantee a space in this event. The program will be presented in two sessions.

SESSION 1

Keynote from Sir Ken Robinson, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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A short presentation from local middle-school students answering the question, "What will schools of the future look like?" will precede the keynote from Robinson. Incorporating the creativity of children, these students will present their vision of education in years to come.

The students will then turn the stage over to Robinson as he explores big-picture education and answers questions such as: Is standardization serving our students? Is it possible to awaken and engage a child's creativity to bring about greater growth and preparation to become global ready citizens? Robinson will share his vision for what schools of the future can offer our community and how they can better serve the needs of students here and around the world.

SESSION 2

Funding public education, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

This session will open with comments from Jason Glass, Ed.D., and a panel regarding Robinson's keynote presentation. Next, each panelist, including Sen. Mike Johnston (D-Denver), will present his or her thoughts on the impact and necessity of public education and the reality of public education funding in Colorado.

Johnston represents Northeast Denver in the Colorado State Senate, where he has successfully passed major legislation on education reform, economic development, immigration reform and criminal justice reform. Mike holds degrees from Yale College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Yale Law School and was named to Time magazine's list of "40 Under 40 Political Leaders" and Forbes' list of "America's Seven Most Influential Educators."

Before entering the Senate, he spent six years as a high school principal, wrote a book about his experience as a Teach for America corps member in Mississippi titled, "In the Deep Heart's Core" and served as a senior education advisor to President Barack Obama.

Other panelists include Lisa Escarcega, Ph.D., executive director of the Colorado Association of Public Schools; State Reps. Millie Hamner (D-Frisco) and Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale); and Tracie Rainey, executive director of the Colorado School Finance Project.

Presentations will answer questions such as, what did public education funding look like 20 years ago? What does it look like now and into the future? Are we gaining ground or have we lost our footing?

If you go …

What: “Educate!” with Sir Ken Robinson, Jason Glass, Ed.D., Sen. Michael Johnston, Lisa Escarcega, Ph.D., State Rep. Millie Hamner, State Rep. Bob Rankin and Tracie Rainey.

When: Friday, Oct. 14; doors open at 3 p.m., first session is 3:30 to 5 p.m. and second session is 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Where: Battle Mountain High School, 151 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards.

Cost: Tickets are $60 and include both sessions.

More information: Find more information about this and other Vail Symposium events and purchase advance tickets at vailsymposium.org.

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