Emily M.  Schell

Emily M. Schell

United States

Executive Director at California Global Education Project Education is the key to building a more just, equitable, happy, and sustainable world with cross-cultural exchange and global competence.

Hello! My name is Emily Schell and I live and work in San Diego, California. I am a former teacher, principal, county History-Social Science coordinator, liaison to National Geographic Education Foundation, and teacher education faculty at San Diego State University. I now work at the University of San Diego in the Jacobs Institute for Education Innovation as the Executive Director of the California Global Education Project. CGEP has 6 university-based regional sites in California providing professional learning opportunities for K-12 teachers in global education. 

I earned my teaching credential and B.A. in Diversified Liberal Arts at the University of San Diego, M.S. in Journalism at Northwestern University, and Ed.D. in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. 

I am a proud mother, avid reader, traveler, and writer. Family, friends, and community mean the world to me.   

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?

I believe we can and will strengthen education by working together -- across borders, cultures, and systems. By sharing with each other, learning from and with each other in this global community, we will grow in knowledge, understanding, and collaboration.

How can education support students to flourish?

Students will flourish when they are intrigued, curious, challenged, supported, and nurtured. They will rise beyond our expectations when encouraged to pursue inquiries, work together, ask questions, and develop their creative thinking and problem-solving skills. The role of educators is critical in a student's education to provide guidance and feedback that promotes confidence and competence.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation is the fuel that propels imagination, engineering, application of skills and concepts, problem-solving, and creative endeavor. Education systems must change in their understanding, appreciation, and application of the skills that foster creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation. Skills such as adaptability, persistence, empathy, and resilience.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Global Oneness Project: Through the power of storytelling, this gift provides snapshots of people, places, events, and ideas that become powerful lessons. The Walking Curriculum: We need to get our students outdoors to explore and learn from and within natural environments for their health and well-being! Newsela: I wrote for Weekly Reader (children's newspaper) and value news written for youth.

Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)

Empatico: A virtual exchange platform for students ages 6-11 with a focus on sparking empathy and kindness. Teachers love this! Generation Global: A virtual exchange platform and lessons for students ages 13-18 to discuss global issues with peers around the world with a focus on dialogue skills. Intercultural Ambassadors: Matches international students at a local university with teachers to share