Khalid Smith is an entrepreneur and a designer of experiential events that teach educators to lead in the development of technology enhanced education products. Khalid and his wife co-founded LessonCast Learning in 2010 based on an innovative professional development process she used to turn around a restructured school as an assistant principal. As chief product officer, Khalid builds tools for teacher preparation programs to engage teaching candidates in assignments where they apply the same skills they are trying to build in 21st century learners, by creating and sharing artifacts that demonstrate real world teacher effectiveness. Khalid’s search for a community of education entrepreneurs in his native Baltimore led him to participate, organize and ultimately assume a founding role as education leader of the StartupWeekend Education sub-brand. From September 2011 to December 2012 Khalid helmed the global 501C3, facilitating dozens of events, igniting the passion of hundreds of educator entrepreneurs and producing start-ups with innovations currently being evaluated in thousands of classrooms. More importantly, Khalid learned of the need for an experiential education process that aims to bridge the chasm between the education reform and entrepreneurial/innovation movements. In addition to LessonCast, Khalid and Nicole are dedicated parents to their two children Elijah (6) and Nala (4), and tirelessly push for reform in the PreK through 2nd grade educational system and for better models of personalized instruction for all learners. Prior to his founding roles with LessonCast and StartupWeekend Education, Khalid had a 10-year career as an engineer and brand manager for Procter and Gamble. He also founded a non-profit management consultancy and worked as a community organizer during the Obama for American campaign of 2008. Very, very long ago, he earned degrees in chemical and bio-medical engineering that today gather a lot of dust but taught him a lot about grit. Shorter musings can be found on twitter @KhalidRudo and longer ones at 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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