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BizWorld.org Newsletter – December 2014 |  Issue #5
Celebrating your commitment to fun, innovative project-based learning and entrepreneurship education.
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Hidden Hills Elementary takes
the BizWorld.org Prize Winnings!

Dear Educators,

 

Happy Holidays from all of us at BizWorld.org!
 

As the year closes, I have been reflecting back on all of the individuals who have contributed to and supported our success in bringing innovative entrepreneurship programs into the classroom this year. You, our teachers, have been instrumental in making our programs come to life. By bringing BizWorld to your students, you are showing them a window into the world of opportunities available to them and giving them a peek at their own bright futures.

 

We know you have many competing priorities to balance: meeting new Common Core Standards, developing rigorous and engaging curriculums, providing STEM education, teaching 21st century skills, and more. Thank you for all your dedication to implementing our programs and for bringing the entrepreneurial mindset to elementary and middle schoolers at that critical young age.

 

Last week, we hosted our 11th Annual Education Riskmaster Luncheon – Celebrating Entrepreneurship and Innovation. A diverse group of children who have participated in the BizWorld programs attended the event, working in their companies to showcase their entrepreneurial talents. They did a wonderful job!

We also all listened with admiration as we heard from Leona Das, a 13-year old BizWorld alum who created her own enterprise, Tribe Awesome, a startup focused on creating cost effective, low-resource solutions to eliminating food insecurity. She is a stellar example of how creative and enterprising young minds can be and the inspiration BizWorld.org programs can provide.

 

We appreciate you, our biggest supporters, and thank you for continuing to engage the next generation of innovators. We know that you are inspiring your students with our empowering programs!

 

Wishing you all the best in 2015.

 

Warm regards,

Thais Rezende
CEO, BizWorld.org
CALLING ALL BIZWORLD.ORG ALUMNI

We are thrilled to introduce to you our BizWorld.org alum, Leona Das, who received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the 11th annual Education Riskmaster Luncheon!

"Through my BizWorld experience I learned how a business works and as important, I learned about how people work together, team dynamics, and how to inspire the best in everyone, including myself." 
- Leona Das

Do you have any students who have been inspired by BizWorld.org programs to pursue entrepreneurship? We know they’re out there! Tell us about your innovative BizWorld.org alumni and help them receive seed funding for their business!

Tell us your alumni success story here!

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

Our teacher spotlight provides an opportunity to highlight one of the many inspiring educators out there who are using BizWorld.org programs to empower tomorrow's leaders!

We want to recognize Kathryn Roehm, a first-time BizWorld teacher from Olive Branch, Mississippi. Kathryn currently teaches some very creative students in Lewisburg Middle School’s gifted program, S.P.O.T.L.I.G.H.T. While she has much experience teaching, this was her first time incorporating BizWorld into her curriculum, and she raves, “BizWorld was the best unit I have taught in my 14 years of teaching!”

Kathryn was able to get engaged with her students and learn together. She tied the program into their Language Arts unit on charity and used the sales bazaar to raise money to feed families during the Thanksgiving season and donate to a local charity called Ginny’s Child Foundation. What a wonderful way of personalizing the curriculum to her school and giving back to the community!

Reflecting on the program, Kathryn feels confident that the BizWorld experience prepared her students for the real world, “from making their own purchases at stores now to making business decisions later in life.” She also added that it took her students to a new level of leadership! “They learned to be more compassionate of each others opinions without judgment.”

A big shout out to Kathryn Roehm for sharing her success story and for going above and beyond to spark that entrepreneurial drive in her fabulous middle school students! We hope this is just the start of their many achievements!

2014 EDUCATION RISKMASTER LUNCHEON

We held our 11th annual Education RiskMaster Luncheon last week in San Francisco. This is a great event where BizWorld.org supporters, schools, children and parents all come together to learn and talk about entrepreneurship education.  That said, we had the opportunity to host a fireside chat between two dynamic and futuristic business leaders, our Riskmaster honoree, Brian Armstrong, Co-Founder and CEO of Coinbase, and our founder, Tim Draper.

Three schools were invited to showcase their entrepreneurial talents and present their companies in front of large audience.  Congratulations to Hidden Hills Elementary students who won the $1000 prize for their school, squeaking out a victory over La Entrada Elementary. Although Sierramont Middle School could not make it due to the weather, we appreciate all their hard work and the heartfelt video they sent to represent themselves. All the schools did an amazing job of demonstrating their entrepreneurial skills, and we are thrilled they could be part of our special event.

We all listened with admiration as we heard from Leona Das, a 13-year old BizWorld alum who created her own enterprise, Tribe Awesome, a startup focused on creating cost effective, low-resource solutions to eliminating food insecurity. She is a stellar example of the inspiration BizWorld.org programs can provide, and how novel and enterprising young minds can be!

TEACHER TIPS
Looking for resources to teach manufacturing for Section 7 of BizWorld? Try using this classic I Love Lucy clip to explain assembly line production. 

Do you have a tip for other teachers?  
Email it here
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIFTED CHILDREN


We had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at this year’s National Association of Gifted Children conference in Baltimore, MD in November.  Nearly 25% of our programs are utilized in classrooms for gifted students, and we enjoyed meeting new teachers and reconnecting with old friends who have taught our programs for years.

 

Teachers and administrators at the conference told us that BizWorld programs challenge their gifted students beyond just academics. It requires students to develop their “soft skills” and think beyond everyday classroom instruction.

 

When collaboration, leadership and critical thinking are the core skills that are demanded and there are no “right” answers for their business decisions, the children get a real learning experience.  

 

Thanks for all the great feedback at NAGC.  We love hearing from you!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM BIZWORLD.ORG
Looking for pre-holiday activities for your classroom? Now is a great time to use BizWorld, BizMovie or BizWiz with your students!
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