September 4, 2012
Source: Educación 2020
Starting today educators throughout Chile will have the privilege to participate actively in the first stable community of school innovation, led by Telefónica and Education Foundation 2020.
The idea is to create a community of teachers and administrators who stand out for their passion and their experiences in generating innovative processes that develop and strengthen the skills and abilities of their educational communities in order to expand and enrich learning processes, which encourage creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship through education.
These 50 teachers who applied through the web site http://www.innovacionescolar.cl and finally were selected from hundreds of teachers for demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities, will be advocates for change and innovation in their schools; show interest in use of information and communication technologies (ICT), and have the conviction that through the work itself they may contribute to the development of quality education. They will have the opportunity to communicate stably through a virtual community for sharing ideas.
“We are excited to open this workspace and exchange of experience for teachers with conviction and desire to change the world through good ideas. It is an honor for us to partner with Foundation Education 2020 and work seriously for education in our country to continue to improve every day, “said Andrew Wallis, vice president of Fundación Telefónica.
For Mario Waissbluth, President of Foundation 2020, this is a great opportunity. “For the first time, Education 2020 teachers will have professional educators who are active, close to the issues that concern us all in education, with an excellent level of quality, who will share in our activities, and with whom we will consult and install the idea that, there will be no real changes in education without teachers. We will not let this important moment in time pass us by, “emphasized Professor Waissbluth.
The School Innovation Community started on Thursday with its first activity, where teachers from Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta, Santiago, Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, Valparaiso, Pirque, Quilpué, Paine, Linares, Los Angeles, Villarrica, La Calera, Curico and Lebu, had the opportunity to meet and exchange experiences. Also participated in a workshop with Matthias Reeves, Director of projects and sociologist Sebastián Depolo from Educación 2020.
It is the first of a series of seminars set for this year, which also includes workshops in community education policy, leadership, management skills and the opportunity to attend the International Conference of Education Telefónica Foundation, which is taking place in November in Lima, Peru.
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Thomas Jerome Baker
This book tells the story of EdCamp Santiago. EdCamp is a R(E)volution in professional develoment. It is free, participant-driven, conversation-based, democratic PD for teachers, by teachers.
There are no plenaries, no publishers book displays, just teachers talking to teachers, sharing best practice: what works in the classroom, practical, not theoretical knowledge.
The global search for high-quality education, embedded in high-performing education systems, has taken on mythical proportions, almost resembling the alchemists’ quest to turn common metals into gold.
It is my hope that the present day search for global education, equitable and providing equality of opportunity for all, shall not cease until the “gold” we seek, has been found.
I therefore dedicate this book to all the educators, researchers, parents and students the world over, who strive to achieve this elusive goal,high-quality education for all the citizens of the world.
In this endeavour, it is my belief that the International Baccalaureate merits a closer look, based on their more than 40 year history of delivering consistently excellent results.
I add that all of the reflections and views in this book are mine alone, unless otherwise noted, and can not be attributed to my employer or any other organization I am affiliated with, past or present. For any errors or oversights, I bear the complete responsibility.
Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Head of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile.
He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.
Thomas is also an ex-member (2011-2012) of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.
Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of forty six (46) books overall.
The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.