Last week, we were joined by Amitabh Shah, who shared his inspiring story with our students. When he was just 23 years old, Amitabh founded the non-governmental organization (NGO), Yuva Unstoppable. Today, Yuva Unstoppable has worked in 950 schools and transformed the lives of 500,000 kids, providing improved drinking water, sanitation and women’s hygiene among other efforts across India. Amitabh was in the United States receiving the Ellis Island Award in New York alongside Eric Schmidt of Google and His Majesty Mohammad the 6th King of Morocco, and made a special visit to Morgridge. Thank you to the Morgridge Family Foundation for both supporting his efforts and coordinating his time with us.
01 Oct 2015
On Saturday, September 26, Share Fair Nation (SFN) had another successful year with more than 500 teachers and education leaders and hundreds of families in attendance. This annual event brought together innovators in STEM education and offered engaging, hands-on teaching strategies designed to ignite the imaginations of today’s diverse PreK-12 students.
SFN which began in Denver in 2009 was created by John and Carrie Morgridge, philanthropists leading the Morgridge Fami
ly Foundation (MFF) and longtime ambassadors for the University of Denver. It was designed to provide PreK-12 educators the opportunity to discover emergent technologies and discover firsthand the most effective approaches to delivering 21st Century education.
The morning kicked off with an exciting art performance and presentation by key note speaker, Erik Wahl, an internationally renowned graffiti artist and best-selling author. Erik encouraged audience members to tap into their passion for lifelong learning by exploring the power of creativity to achieve superior performance.
The remainder of the day was filled with engaging interactive sessions for families and educators. At the Ritchie Center Magness Arena, STEMosphere was at full capacity as exhibitors showcased innovation and creativity and guests participated in STEM-oriented interactive exhibits that were hands-on, minds-on adventures for all. With more than 15 exhibitions on the floor, exhibitors ranged from The Denver Zoo to SeaPearch, The Denver Museum of Nature and Science to KEVA Planks.
At the Morgridge College of Education, teachers and education leaders had an opportunity to participate in 20+ hands-on Classroom Intensives. These sessions were filled with thought provoking and interactive activities and discussions on topics such as Design Thinking, Heart Lab, Game-Based Learning, and Problem-Based Learning. Attendees were able to receive University of Denver Certificates of Completion for Contact Hours for sessions they attended.
Lessons learned at SFN extend beyond the event as attendees carry back to their schools, fellow teachers, and classrooms the new and creative education methods they learned, propelling schools across the country toward even greater 21st Century learning opportunities. “Share Fair Nation exemplifies Morgridge College of Education’s commitment to life-long learning through professional development. We believe that as a College, our responsibility to teachers extends beyond pre-service to ongoing teacher development and support through innovative, hands-on learning.” Said Karen Riley, Dean of the Morgridge College of Education.
The exciting day came to a close at the Morgridge College of Education with attendees joining Share fair Nation founder, Carrie Morgridge, outside for prizes, which included Ipads, Chromebooks, Kindles, STEM kits, subscriptions, and much more.
Join The Alumni Board of The Morgridge College of Education for the Spring Signature Event: A Discussion with Carrie Morgridge, Author of Every Gift Matters and Chancellor Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor of the University of Denver.
Carrie Morgridge is the author of Every Gift Matters and the Vice President of the Morgridge Family Foundation. For the past fifteen years, Carrie and her husband, John, have worked tirelessly to leverage their foundation’s funds, spark innovation, and fuel transformation. She graduated summa cum laude from International Academy of Design and Technology, giving her an edge on design innovation. Carrie is an aggressive athlete, finishing nine ironman competitions. She is recognized nationally for her work as a philanthropist, student advocate, and the creator of innovative professional development for teachers.
The event will feature an interview and Q&A session with Carrie Morgridge and Chancellor Chopp, a reception, and book sales/signing for Every Gift Matters.