Jasper Kok (Teachin' EU)

Jasper Kok (Teachin' EU)

Enschede, Netherlands

General director of Teachin' EU Managing director OPO Hof van Twente Co-author multilingual portfolios “My Languages” & “Meine Sprachen”

Teachin' EU is my company. It focusses on organizing KA 1 courses about innovation in the Netherlands. But the company also provides educational consultancy. Through Teachin' EU my language portfolio's ("My Languages" for English and "Meine Sprachen" for German) are being sold. These were developed and written together with my Swiss colleague, Rosemary Smeets. 

I combine this with my work as the managing director of a board of 11 primary schools in the Netherlands, I am responsible for the quality of education for approximately 1200 children. I have previously worked as a headteacher and a teacher in two primary schools. The last school, obs Stedeke, became one of the few schools in the Netherlands with a certificate of excellence, issued by the government. 

I have access to a broad international network and have coordinated successful KA1 en KA2 applications. 

I hold a MA degree on Educational Leadership. 

Fluent languages:  Dutch, English, French, German

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

Innovation within education is what I live for. I have many ideas about how we might improve education in order to give children the biggest chance to make most out of themselves and out of life. 

I try and realize my ideas within the schools. My aim is to make a new development sustainable, by innnovating from the ground up in close cooperation with all stakeholders. 

To be a part of the HundrED Community means the world to me. I got so enthusiastic about this community! I am in education to make it better for the children, the best way of doing that is by sharing new ideas with everybody. I have no interest in keeping my ideas for myself and somehow score with them. I hope may people with pick up on them and take action! 

How can education support students to flourish?

Education is the difference maker. 

When students learn how to be critical thinkers and become autonomous learners, the world is at their feet. 

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation is an underestimated item within education, but in my opinion absolute necessary in order to adapt education towards the need of the children currently in school. 

The challenge is to make schools realize that the ways they always taugth need continuous improvement in order to be effective towards the future.