This Week's Preview

Week of August 6

I’m always inspired by the outstanding educators we feature here at Daily Edventures, but this week I’m especially energized. We just completed the Partners in Learning U.S. Forum here in Redmond, and out of thousands who applied, 100 educators from 25 states attended the event. Winners – and it was difficult to determine the stand-out teachers in such a competitive and talented field – will represent the US at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Prague this November (our very own Olympic Games of education to anticipate, even as the London games draw to a close).

Winning projects represented common themes for the innovative educators we meet here every day: project-based learning, 21st century skills, creative gaming, and so much more.  I can’t wait to share these stories with you in the coming months (in fact, we’ve already talked to some of the winners), but in the meantime, we have inspiring stories from around the globe to share this week.

We’ll talk to Canadian Heather Hallett, who reflects on the unique challenges of leading a large school. Nigeria’s Aderoudbi Ogunwa shares what he’s been able to accomplish in
his home country, where schools are under-funded and parents are often less-than-engaged in student learning. David Baker, named one of the top professors in the US earlier this year, relays his love for science and how he’s been able to pass it on to his students. Also from the US, Edward Burger, a true pioneer in the field of distance learning, helps make math understandable to students and others through his many Internet-based lectures.  And author Michael Erard, whose books and essays on language and culture have appeared in The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Economist and Rolling Stone, talks about the importance of learning languages in the 21st century. Finally,
we’ll hear from Karina Batat of Israel, who is working to remake the face of education in her country, and Portugal’s Antonio Tavares, a veteran teacher who still believes that forging a meaningful relationship between teacher and student is at the core of effective learning.

If you, like many educators, are on holiday, enjoy your hard-earned rest, and get ready for more day-to-day inspiration from Daily Edventures. Be sure to watch this space for news on last week’s Partners in Learning US winners, and for more details on the November 28 – December 1 global forum in Prague!


– Anthony

For the announcement of winners PIL US Forum, you can read this article

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