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Above: The company of The Wilma Theater participates in a combat workshop taught by Ian Rose. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
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Teach For America entrepreneurial interns visit Knight Foundation in Miami.
There is something special about the intersection of innovation and education. A community that invests in ideas and has the vision to, as Steve Jobs said, “Think Different” about our students and their teachers is a community abundant with opportunity.
In Miami-Dade County, we are at a place that I think of as “the nexus of opportunity.” Early last year I traveled to the headquarters of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Mo., with Teach for America to attend the inaugural Entrepreneurs United conference after recently accepting a position to lead the alumni movement in South Florida. I was excited to find out that my fellow alumnus Wifredo “Wifi” Fernandez was doing a presentation later that day on startup communities and his work co-founding The LAB Miami.
After his presentation, Wifi and I connected over an extra-large pizza at a local diner that had Jamiroquai programmed as the Pandora station of choice. We began to talk about our shared experiences teaching in the classroom, the challenges we encountered and the need to innovate solutions that will meaningfully impact children and education. The conversation highlighted the unique opportunity to bridge his work in entrepreneurship with the work I do with Teach for America corps members and alumni talent cultivation and retention. We asked ourselves what it would take to give every one of our students across Miami-Dade the excellent education they deserve, and what working as a community and problem-solving means in our evolving and ever-connected world – particularly in Miami. In short, we left the conference with a commitment to join forces, fill a need and create a solution, just like Miami’s entrepreneurs and makers do every day.
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