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Faces of the Future: Extraordinary Students Discuss What They Need to Succeed

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Listen and learn : Panel

Sunday, June 23, 2:30–3:30 pm
Location: 120A

Jeremy Currier   Benjamin Herold   Andrew Rodebaugh   Emma Yang  
Talented and driven young people are pushing well beyond the boundaries of school, finding new ways to learn advanced computer science, tackle big challenges and start mapping an uncharted future. This session would be a conversation with some of the teenagers profiled in Education Week's Faces of the Future series.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students formulate problem definitions suited for technology-assisted methods such as data analysis, abstract models and algorithmic thinking in exploring and finding solutions.
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose and objective of the session is to share the insights of hard working and creative teenagers who have pushed the boundaries of what is possible in K-12 education, and show how their insights can drive changes in K-12 schools that can help all students.

The educational challenge is to figure out to maximize the potential of all students by learning lessons from some of the highest-achieving or most technologically skilled students in the country.

Education Week's Faces of the Future series is telling the stories of those kinds of students. For example, Ian Michael Brock, a 9th grader, wants the next billion-dollar tech company to be launched by an inner city kid like him.

The evidence of success is shown by the very impressive accomplishments that the students profiled in Faces of the Future series have already achieved.


Short intro of about 5 minutes about Education Week's Faces of the Future series and its new line of Future of Work coverage.

This will be followed by a conversation with the students about their goals, the projects they are working on, and what they think is right and wrong with K-12 schools.

Session will end with a 10-minute Q&A with the audience.

Supporting research

Schools & the Future of Work

The Future of Work Is Uncertain, Schools Should Worry Now

Faces of the Future

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Jeremy Currier, Rochester Hills, Mich., Schools; High School Sophomore
Benjamin Herold, Education Week
Andrew Rodebaugh, Science Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, 2019 graduate; Rising freshman at Drexel University who runs his own computer programming business
Emma Yang, Founder, Timeless mobile app for alzheimer's patients; Junior, Brearley School, New York City

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