"ISLI was created from the beginning to be a breeding ground for change. That's what we're all about. RISE was created in the hopes to 'get the ball rolling' and to create a platform for discussion and ultimately change. The most amazing thing we see happen after RISE is students going back to their hometowns and making change. For many, RISE is a life-changing experience. It opens students' eyes to a whole new perspective. When I attended the first RISE conference in 2013, I
"Being a part of the Iowa Student Learning Institute, as both a chaperone of my own students and a Board member, has been an exceptional experience. It is rewarding to see my own students in a new light as they discuss issues with like-minded teens across the state. Especially powerful is ISLI's message of student voice, that they must be in charge of their education as much as possible. ISLI builds leaders; it's as simple as that."
-Christine Sturgeon, Iowa Educator
In the spring of 2015, Jack and Ian had the opportunity to speak to students at the Area Education Agency 267's Student Technology Conference. Their presentation was centered around how the Iowa Student Learning Institute was started and still runs on a near 100% online basis. There are no event planning meetings in person or group work times outside of a Google Hangout. Students really do have the power to change the world through using the internet. The presentation can be