Topanga, United States
HundreED Ambassador with a passion for sustainability and social justice in education.
I am a schoolteacher from New York State with a passion for environmental and social justice, sustainability, and teaching children how to listen to their minds and bodies. This year I am doing things a little differently. I have decided to dedicate time to international exploration so that I may experience education in other parts of the world. I plan on traveling the South and Central America, Northern Europe, and Southeast Asia where I will immerse myself in cultures unfamiliar to me, interact with schools that are on the forefront of educational innovations, and spend time doing live-work exchanges on sustainable farms so that I can discover how to bring these practices home with me and into the classroom.Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?
We as educators and innovators have a responsibility to create the best educational experiences we could ever dream of and then spread those innovations to children everywhere! Being a HundrED Ambassador would allow me to share what I find on a larger scale and to more closely collaborate with the innovators that are already changing the world.How can education support students to flourish?
When students are being taught to be conscious of their own needs, to communicate effectively with others, and to protect and respect the Earth, humanity as a whole benefits. All students deserve access to quality, innovative, engaging experiences in the classroom that feed their passions and leave them wanting to learn and create. This type of intrinsic motivation fosters life-long learners who become agents of change for the world around them.What role does innovation play in education change?
Despite the fact that there are many incredible innovations in education happening in pockets around the globe, education on a large scale has not changed very much over the course of the past century. Many of the exceptional initiatives happening in schools today are taking place in private and charter schools. When the greatest advancements are happening at schools that are unattainable to the masses, it fuels to inequality. The gap between families who have the means to send their children to such stellar schools, and the families who cannot, continues to grow. This can be remedied through innovation! The answers are out there! It is now up to us to create ways to bring these innovations to schools everywhere.Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)
Blueprints at MUSE Global because traditional assessments are outdated and all too often developmentally inappropriate!Three innovations you would love for HundrED to know about. (and Why?)
The Thanksgiving Farm at The Center for Discovery (TCFD) because all students should know where their food comes from and what their bodies need. What's more, TCFD services individual with severe and multiple disabilities yet the way they adapt everything to make it accessible to all students is innovation at its finest.