Teach Like TED: Integrate TED and TEDx into your classroom curriculum and have your year culminate in a student run and speaker populated TEDx event
Dr. Cristina James (“Tina”)
Dr. Cristina James (“Tina”) has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Columbia University in New York, and a doctorate in English literature from State University of New York at Albany. In addition, she earned her law degree from Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, California. She is currently completing a master’s degree in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University. She has taught English literature and writing at the undergraduate, high school, and middle school level for the past 25 years. For the past 13 years, she served as an English teacher, curriculum coordinator, academic dean, and TEDx organizer at The Benjamin School in North Palm Beach, Florida.
She is now working with both Brown School in Schenectady, NY and The Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School in Jersey City so that they might integrate TED and TEDx talks into their curriculum as a means to enrich textual study, cultivate student voice and autonomy and see the year end in a student run and organized TEDx event.
She is eager to consult and share her curriculum with your school as well.
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-Father of 7th grade presenter
I wanted to take a moment to send you a note of congratulations on a tremendously successful TEDx program. Programs like this make us as parents proud We are so fortunate to have educators and programs that guide and shape our students as they navigate towards their future. By stepping outside the bounds of traditional education, programs like this and teachers like you, encourage our students to question the "norm", challenge "conventional" and shape a new future. You helped our daughter find her voice and gave her the confidence to deliver a wonderful message. I promise you that the impact you made on her will last throughout her lifetime.
-7th grade parent
I feel [the soulstory curriculum and the TEDX experience] provided my son another level or confidence and a real feeling of accomplishment. He could have said "forget it" but what I like is he had the drive to not quit and as a result I think he feels more confident in himself! 7th grade parent. I think the assignment actually helped my son to think on a much deeper level. It also was empowering to be a seventh grade presenter in such a well-known & world-wide event! I believe the assignment not only inspired my son but also gave him a sense of achievement that he had never encountered before. I was inspired just by attending and watching all of the speakers!
-Matt, 7th grade presenter
I have learned that if I put my mind to something I can achieve it. I have learned that my teachers are willing to help me and THAT my classmates can put their mind to it and achieve it. I worked hard because I wanted to spread my message to the world and accomplished something like this, to make my parents proud and me proud. At first I did not really care for it, but as it went on It became more exciting to do this in front of many people and spread my ideas, and right before it I got butterflies in my stomach but went I went on it was not nerve racking.
While Dr.James’ curriculum uses TED and TEDx talks to invigorate the traditional English classroom, it is in no way affiliated with the TED organization. The TEDx event students participate in at year’s end is optional and not associated with an academic grade.