agile for education

Agile for Education

March 9-10, 2018

Millikin University Campus

Tabor School of Business is excited to invite educators to a professional development workshop on March 9-10, 2018. Learn how Agile transforms accountability in your classroom and MUCH MORE!

This workshop is FREE and our gift to you for being a resilient business teacher in Illinois!

What educators are saying

keith creighton, business teacher

"This summer I had the great fortune to attend an Agile Education training. At the training we learned the tenets of Agile EDU and how to incorporate the SCRUM methodology into education to help students become part of self-managing teams. Since beginning school this year, we have implemented SCRUM in three different instances with great success.

I have found the Agile EDU and Scrum boards to be revolutionary in our practices. The team is running much more efficiently and with less stress. The workload is more evenly spread and we are able, at times, to work ahead instead of living in survival mode. For the students, we have a way to help them prioritize their work and hold each other accountable. In the first project we did, I was truly able to just facilitate. The students have daily meetings to discuss what was accomplished and assign work for the next class. It has really helped the students work together and be much more effective as project teams. Now other teams and teachers are asking about it. I have personally coached three teachers on how to use the methodologies in their own planning."

Keith Creighton, Dennis Lab School

Session Descriptions

Session 1: Introduction to Agile and How Businesses Use It

Agile methodologies are becoming the standard way work gets done in modern, successful companies. This hands-on training provides a high-level overview of Agile and covers a brief history of Agile, an overview of the Agile mindset and why it is important, and a brief look at some of the more popular Agile methodologies and practices in use today.

Topics covered:

  • History of Agile
  • Empirical Process Control Mindset
  • Agile Manifesto, Principles, Practices and Methodologies

Session 2: How Agile Can Be Adapted To the Classroom

While Agile methodologies and practices are widely accepted by companies doing software development, many of them are not specific to that field in any way. One of the most compelling places an Agile mindset has started being used is by educators. Agile principles of breaking large tasks into small, easily managed chunks, gathering feedback often and collaboration are natural to students trying to learn about challenging new topics.

Topics covered:

  • An overview of Scrum
  • Adjusting Scrum for the classroom

Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 9

  • 4:00 PM - Registration
  • 5:00 - 9:00 PM - Dinner & Session 1

Saturday, March 10

  • 8:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 8:30 - 11:30 AM - Session 2


Accommodations: Educators can make reservations at Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, located less than 2 miles from campus. Mention "Agile for Education" to receive a discounted rate. Millikin will provide a shuttle to and from campus.

For more information, contact Trevor May at 217-615-5087 or

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