Geraldine De Fazio

Geraldine De Fazio

Toronto, Canada

A passionate educator helping make an impact on the world. Strategic design thinker, storyteller, connector of people, creator of content, lover of learning: head - heart - hands

I know what it means to learn something new every day. With over a decade of experience in the classroom, working with our youngest learners, I realized early on to assume nothing in life. My experiences in the classroom were a powerful learning curve and inspirited me to dive further into the educating world, a journey that has taken me across the globe.

With my appetite for learning and development, I became a Middle Years Programme Coordinator, working to see that both students and teachers got the most out of the opportunities and possibilities within the curriculum, before returning to my primary education roots, taking up the role of Teaching and Learning/ Primary Years Programme Coordinator.

Originally from Adelaide, Australia, I now live in Toronto where I help shape education one project at a time. On top of running the Canadian arm of NoTosh Inc, I continue to work in and with schools delivering world class IB workshops and professional development for a variety of audiences face to face and online. 

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

I know the impact of how strong we can be when we work together. Finding like minded people and organisations is key to leveraging our abilities and really making a difference in our world. A community is made of a collection of strong, passionate and inspiring individuals. 

How can education support students to flourish?

Students are able to flourish when they know they truely have a seat at the table and their voices are not just heard but lead the way. The act of flourishing takes time and the development of a toolkit, mindset and skillset. My work with learners of all ages has helped me acknowledge the power of growing from our weaknesses with grit and persistence within a supportive community, will help us all flourish. Being your own biggest fan but knowing you have a cheer squad when the going gets tough. 

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation isn't about tech. It's about the amazing people who have the courage to ask why, take something that doesn't always seem broken and create something unimaginable. This type of mindset is not to be assumed to exist in education but when it does, magic happens. 

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Youth Ambassadors for HundrED Initiative: If we really want to change the world we actually have to stop thinking we have to do it for young people but do it with them. Really it's about stopping the and us and them mentality. 

Teach the teacher: Love seeing students not just flipping the script but changing the story.

Work with, within and for the City: taking action in the community for real impact. Student led initiatives that leverage interdisciplinary learning.

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

Link Online Learners: Walking the walk. Giving a platform, time and space for kids to connect globally through times of crisis. Creating magic each week in 4 live sessions.

Blue Sky School Ottawa: A Prototype School actually changing the way we do education. The wok the team is doing is truly inspirational and having a real impact on the learners that live in the Blue Sky. 

Toddle: So much more than a Learning Management System. An intuitive end to end to end solution for schools to plan, teach, assess and share the learning with families. Incredibly agile in response to the COVID crisis, the Toddle team developed further solutions to support teachers in their remote learning needs. Bringing together almost 20,000 educators for a global Inquiry Educator Summit (TIES), Toddle is create by teachers for teachers.