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Innovations in Education Speaker Series: Michael Cummings

MEFSpeaker_LOGOThe Milford Education Foundation is proud to present the Innovations in Education Speaker Series at Bridge House, 49 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford on Wednesday, November 6, at 6:30 pm. (Get directions)

The program will begin with a General Membership and Informational Meeting at 6:30 pm. At 7 pm, Mr. Michael Cummings, Assistant Superintendent of Milford Public Schools, will be presenting an overview of Mastery Learning and Personal Learning, and will discuss its potential applications and implications for Milford Public School students.

In Mastery Learning, the student is helped to master each learning unit before proceeding to a more advanced unit. Personal Learning is a system of empowering the student to guide their own studies. Mr. Cummings’ presentation will engage the audience in developing a common understanding of Mastery Learning and Personal Learning, and how these concepts may benefit our children.

For members and for those seeking more information about the Milford Education Foundation, there will be a Milford Education Foundation Membership and Informational Meeting at 6:30 pm, immediately preceding the Speaker Meeting.

This meeting is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to info@milfordedfoundation.org.

Innovations in Education Speaker Series: Jake Mendelssohn

The Innovations in Education Speaker Series time has changed to 6:30. Milford Education Foundation will hold a General Member* meeting at the start of the gathering. We will discuss the CT Invention Convention and our spring auction fundraiser. We will also have a short Q&A session with MEF board members to answer any questions you may have about the Foundation and its mission.

*A General Member is anyone who is connected to the Milford community, supports the Milford Education Foundation mission and considers themselves an active supporter of the Milford Education Foundation.

MEFSpeaker_LOGOThe Milford Education Foundation is proud to present the Innovations in Education Speaker Series at Bridge House, 49 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford on Wednesday, October 9, at 6:30 pm. (Get directions)

Featured speaker, Jake Mendelssohn, will be discussing the differences in US and Chinese education systems and how the inventing process, promoted by the CT Invention Convention program, can enhance school curricula and the achievement of students.

This meeting is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to info@milfordedfoundation.org.

About Jake Mendelssohn
With an Engineering Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Jake has many interests, but his main focus has always been in science, technology and education.

Jake started a very successful company, Nationwide Robots, which developed and manufactured 1.5 m tall entertainment and promotional Robots. He then developed the first commercial computer interface for controlling small Robots built from Lego parts. He is the founder and current President of the Connecticut Robotics Society, a group of inventors and entrepreneurs interested in all forms of advanced technologies.

In 1993, he created and started the Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Contest. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford and Trinity College. He is a certified High School teacher at the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science and the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, where he taught advanced courses in Physics, Robotics, Electronics, Photonics and CAD. He is also the faculty mentor for those schools’ FIRST Robotics teams. Currently, he is the Outreach Director for the Connecticut Invention Convention, a 31-year old organization that he helped found, which promotes creativity and inventing competitions in schools.

He has recently returned from his 4th visit to China where he has presented seminars at various universities and conferences around the country on education and creativity. His presentation to the Milford Education Foundation will be a comparison of the US and Chinese education systems and how the inventing process promoted by the CT Invention Convention program can enhance school curricula and the achievement of students.