“Teachers and school leaders have an outstanding opportunity to be agents of change and to not only convey knowledge and content, but also how to apply it, leverage it, and develop students’ minds to tackle societal issues.” – Anne-Sophie Tual, USA

Last December, the Partners in Learning Global Forum 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic brought together over 600 educators, leaders and influencers to discuss global education issues, share best practices, and celebrate the innovation of great teachers from 80 different countries.  We also celebrated a key milestone for Partners in Learning, renewing this ground-breaking program for an additional five years with a $250 million investment. (Check out the photos and the videos – the engagement, the excitement, the absolute joy and pride on the faces of participants speak to the powerful experience that each had at the event!)

Today, I am thrilled to announce that the next Global Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain from March 11 to 14, 2014. The event will bring together participants from the Microsoft Expert Educators Program, the Microsoft Mentor Schools Program, Higher Education faculty members and Education Leaders for an energetic, interactive and collaborative conference. Applications are open here! Apply NOW!

While the Partners in Learning Global Forum is made possible by the contributions of many, Microsoft Worldwide Marketing Manager Anne-Sophie Tual has played an especially large role in organizing the event, and I’m pleased to have her join us for today’s Daily Edventure to talk about the 2014 event, her other work in supporting educators and what inspires her in her role. Says Tual, “In Barcelona, we will offer participants a unique opportunity to connect with the best ‘heroes’ in worldwide education, share experiences about the most innovative teaching and learning practices, and learn from renowned global experts… I can’t wait already!”

There are some moments that make us proud – really proud – of the work we do to help students throughout the world realize their full potential.  The Partners in Learning Global Forum is one of those moments. I hope you’ll join us in Barcelona for this life-changing event. In the meantime, keep following Daily Edventures, where we’ll continue to meet the everyday heroes who are redefining education for this new era of digital learning. Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Anne-Sophie Tual.

What drew you to the field of education? Why is it important to you?

I am passionate about learning. Originally I was working at a book publishing company in France – Hachette Livre, the European leader in book publishing – and decided to work in the Education division to participate in spreading knowledge. And I loved it! Working with teachers, faculty members and researchers to market and promote educational books was a very enlightening experience. They were passionate, eager to improve society and so brilliant to work with. Now I feel proud to work on the high-tech side of education, promoting education worldwide with big events such as the Partners in Learning Global Forum and supporting Anthony Salcito’s blog www.dailyedventures.com.

Can you tell us about a favorite teacher, or someone who made a difference in your education?

My favorite teacher… Actually I was lucky enough to have several outstanding teachers. The best ones I had were the most passionate and demanding. They were sharing their passion and lots of details during classes. I couldn’t help but participate as much as possible! I am very enthusiastic and love to work and learn with passionate people who are focused on doing their best.

Please describe how your professional achievements have advanced innovation in education.  What has changed as a result of your work?

My main achievements have been to support the spread of the American Teacher community screenings in the US last year (a movie documentary that Partners in Learning promoted to advance discussions about the teaching profession) and “leading the charge” for the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Prague! Organizing this event was an unforgettable moment and opportunity to celebrate the best of worldwide education. Meeting educators, school leaders and education leaders from all around the work and promoting this “Olympics” in education was an experience of a lifetime. No wonder why I have the Olympics motto as my favorite quote!

Also, I am proud to support and amplify the outstanding stories that we have on the www.dailyedventures.com blog. This blog is the best resource to learn every day from heroes in education from all around the world. Getting to know all these efforts and initiatives to drive meaningful use of technology in education, and supporting 21st century learning and innovation from students to school leaders, expert leaders and teachers has been a tremendous eye-opener in my work. I get to meet outstanding people and share their views worldwide. All the interviewees on the blog are so remarkable and inspiring!

In your view, what is the most exciting innovation happening in education today?

There are many outstanding opportunities in education today: the fact that students have access to unlimited resources online and can be very mobile when learning, the focus on 21st century skills and making sure that students apply effectively what they learn and work with their peers in the classrooms and worldwide. Teachers and school leaders have an outstanding opportunity to be agents of change and to not only convey knowledge and content, but also how to apply it, leverage it, and develop students’ minds to tackle societal issues.

Is there a 21st century skill (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, or creativity and innovation) that you are most passionate about? Why?

Critical thinking. It is important that students and citizens of tomorrow are able to think on their feet, question what they are told, and identify assumptions and false reasoning. This is very much needed to be able to process information in a world where we have access to so much data and where emotions can be triggered in different directions very easily. How can we make decisions within a context of high uncertainty? How will our decisions affect ourselves, our careers, and our families? How can we evaluate situations properly to ensure our best future? As Einstein says, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

About Anne-Sophie Tual

  • Birthplace: Vannes, France
  • Education: Graduate degree in Marketing from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce et de Management de Tours, France; UCLA Anderson MBA, Los Angeles, USA
  • Website I check every day: www.pil-network.com
  • Person who inspires me most: Difficult to choose 😉 Everyday heroes who demonstrate courage and a positive attitude towards life, survivors, athletes, people who never give up… and Richard Branson.
  • Favorite childhood memory: I grew up in the French countryside in Brittany. I feel it was childhood like Tom Sawyer –  outside, with a very collective mindset running and playing in groups. I loved every second of it!
  • Next travel destination (work or pleasure): Barcelona!!!!
  • Favorite book: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. One of the most inspiring books I have ever read. Everything is there. I know each time I read it I will get a new perspective out of it.
  • Favorite music: DISCO! I always say that if you start listening to disco every morning when you get up, your life will never be the same;-)
  • Your favorite quote or motto: “Citius, Altius, Fortius,” the Olympic motto that means “Faster, Higher, Stronger.”

 Apply NOW and join us in Barcelona!

Whether you would like to become an Expert Educator or Mentor School Leader, or you know someone in your school or community who fits the description, it’s simple to apply for the program.

Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2013.

Just go to http://www.pil-network.com/Forums or share this news with an amazing educator and school leaders you know – giving them an opportunity to win an all-expense paid trip to the next Global Forum and connect with peers around the world.

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