This project began as an opportunity for learners to create a TED talk based on an interview with a student selected unsung hero from their community. It would, however, take on a life of its own as the learners went out to interview relatives or community members to uncover the minute details of what shaped and inspired them, what skills they needed, and how they became successful. This series of TED talks proved that ordinary people have personal stories, beliefs, and skills that shouldn’t be forgotten.
For more than 30 years, Barbara Bromley has been bringing innovation project based learning and enthusiasm to the classroom. Each year, she embowers her students by ensuring they leave a legacy behind whether it is making 1,000 paper cranes honoring the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons or designing a salmon mascot for Kitsap county.