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TEDxBloomington -- Sarah Elizabeth Ippel -- "The Dirt Between Our Toes"

Sarah Elizabeth Ippel says her life mission is education reform. She is the founder and executive director of the Academy for Global Citizenship, a Chicago public elementary school that opened in 2008 on the city's underserved Southwest side. AGC's mission is to empower children to become active global citizens by positively impacting their community and beyond.The academy was founded with an ardent commitment to environmental sustainability and is internationally recognized for its model green school initiatives which include daily organic breakfast and lunch, a 5 kW solar learning laboratory, schoolyard habitat and vegetable garden, rain barrels, composting, yoga, nutrition education, faculty wellness program, walking school bus, and more. The most recent addition to the AGC was a green roof chicken coop, housing three rescued hens, located next to the school's wind turbine.Throughout Sarah Elizabeth's career, she has traveled to over 80 different countries across six continents, extensively examining educational philosophies and world languages, as well as creating international alliances that have contributed to the design and culture of the Academy for Global Citizenship.During her five-year term as vice president of education on the governing board of the United Nations Association, Sarah Elizabeth fostered broader implementation of The Growing Connection, a globally collaborative organic gardening initiative established to cross-culturally connect children and educators.Sarah's presentation at TEDxBloomington invigorated the audience with possibilities of how to make play a part of teaching and learning as well as being. Her description of daily activities at the school she developed at age 23 inspired us to look at the world around us in new ways. About TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxBloomington, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBloomington event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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