If anyone's heart goes a-flutter over the prospect of a lively education discussion, it's readers of this blog. So here's an option for your Valentine's Day: TEDxCharlotteED is holding a four-hour "Learning on Purpose" session on Feb. 14.
TEDx events are local spinoffs from the popular Technology, Entertainment, Design talks that began in 1984. The Charlotte education event is sponsored by a group of educators and business people eager to share success stories and intriguing ideas.
Speakers include one from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (Deborah Brown, a teacher at Garinger High), one from a private school (Tom Dubick, a science teacher at Charlotte Latin) and one from a charter school (Cheryl Turner, director of Sugar Creek Charter). But there are others from less traditional sources, ranging from Dawn Peebles, executive director of a Providence Preparatory, a private preschool, to Chef Ron Ahlert, who leads the Community Culinary School of Charlotte, an adult job-training program.
TEDxCharlotteED runs from 1-5 p.m. at the N.C. Music Factory's Silver Hammer Studios, 817 Hamilton Street. Cost is $25. Registration is open through Feb. 13; sign up here.