Flipped Classrooms and Broken Silos: Education Trends in Needham and Beyond

Dec 3, 2012

How are educators making learning more meaningful, inspiring, and accessible in a changing academic and business environment? The Needham Education Foundation invited the community to explore these questions and others in an enlightening dialogue with Dr. Daniel Gutekanst and local experts from Olin College, MIT, and businesses to find out about:

  • Needham Public Schools initiatives in interdisciplinary learning
  • How online instruction and other creative teaching models engage students in learning beyond just the classroom
  • How educators are breaking down silos between academic disciplines to better prepare students for higher learning and real-world problem solving

This event took place on November 28, 2012, where participants engaged in an audience Q & A and joined speakers for dessert after the panel discussion.

Keynote Speaker and Moderator
Daniel E. Gutekanst, Ed.D, Superintendent, Needham Public Schools

Panelists included:

  • Robert Martello, Professor, Olin College
  • Mark Somerville, Professor, Olin College
  • Kirby Salerno, Co-Founder of ClassroomWindow, a web-based education resource provider
  • Mark Chang, Director of Product, edX
  • Leah Alpert, MIT student, Needham High School graduate, and intern, Khan Academy