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TEDxHISD -- Dr. Bertie Simmons - Dare to Disturb the Sound of Silence

Dr. Simmons has served as an educator for 48 years. 29 of those years in educational administration. She is an advocate for high school reform. Dr. Simmons is dedicated to providing quality educational opportunities to underrepresented youth. Dr. Simmons is a recipient of numerous awardsand honors for teaching and leadership. Notably, she was named Texas State HEB Secondary Principal of the year in 2009. Dr. Simmons is a visionary, creative problem solver, and an agent of change. I am becoming increasingly more concerned about the amount of time we spend in remote cubicles at the office and even isolated within our own homes where it is estimated that as much as 93% of our communication is delivered non-verbally. In his book, Bowling Alone, Putman draws on a vast amount of data that point out how more and more, human beings are becoming disconnected from each other and how many of our social structures have crumbled. This disconnect has played havoc with our community and civic responsibilities. Putman describes these broken bonds as a crisis at the heart of our society. He believes that the crisis has, at least in part, been caused by pressures of time and money, commuting and sprawl, generational change, and the proliferation of electronic devices. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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