Ted Dintersmith in his TEDx talk.

Ted Dintersmith has bold ideas about how education in America must change in order to truly prepare students for our swiftly evolving world. The co-author of the book “Most Likely to Succeed” and producer of the award-winning documentary film of the same name will soon be coming to Pittsburgh to discuss his newest book, “What School Could Be.”

At this event hosted by NEXTpittsburgh and Remake Learning, Dintersmith will speak downtown at the O’Reilly Theater (home of the Pittsburgh Public Theater) at 6 p.m. on May 2.

He will discuss his new book, which explores an innovative and inspiring approach to all that students and teachers might accomplish if we moved away from rigid and traditional ideas of education.

In researching the book, Dintersmith traveled to all 50 states in one school year. His original goal was to raise awareness about the importance of rethinking our education system. What he found in cities including Pittsburgh were teachers already innovating new approaches and experimenting with ways to better educate the adults of tomorrow.

Dintersmith is looking forward to sharing the book’s findings with our community.

“If you’re looking for inspiration in the world of education, come to Pittsburgh,” he says. Our city’s “remarkable Remake Learning initiative serves as an aspirational model of how a community can join together to elevate life prospects for our children, and support our dedicated teachers.

“Thank you, Steeler Nation,” he says, “for leading the way forward.”

The event is free, but guests are asked to register here in advance. A book signing and reception will follow the discussion.

Melissa Rayworth

Kidsburgh Editor Melissa Rayworth specializes in stories about culture, gender, design and parenting. She has written for a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Asia, and is a frequent contributor to The...