Sibel Ataman Yalı
Ambassador, Country lead, Academy

Sibel Ataman Yalı

Istanbul, Turkey

Academically interested in interdisciplinary learning, critical-historical thinking, history teaching and methodology..

As a former teacher, lifelong learner and a mother, my aim is to empower people to embrace their natural abilities for communication, inspiration and perspective. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to study and work in interdisciplinary projects related to education around the universities of Turkey. I enjoy being immersed in new cultures and work to expand cross-cultural communication and understanding by highlighting the curiosity I see. My focus on curiosity and inspiration brings me into contact with people who love to innovate.  

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

According to socio-cultural researches the change is possible and only comes from like-minded people working together towards. HundrED as a community of such people who want to florish education and also promotes educators from around the world. I can say that I am learning from and feel growing with these community this is why I want to be a part of HundrED Community.

How can education support students to flourish?

Education is a broad term. It is a lifelong learning mindset and continued curiosity that help students to flourish. Since my student years, I have been involved in educational activities both voluntarily and professionally. I want to continually question how the current education systems and those of the near past have affected students socially, emotionally and in their preparedness for the uncertainty of the global environment. This is my academic interest. I want to share this experience with the communities who want to transform education via curiosity, critical thinking and inspiration.

What role does innovation play in education change?

Innovation for me is to teach children how to learn in order for them to go anywhere they want.  Such an education will let them know our footsteps but not have to follow in these steps. They have an opportunity to embrace their natural abilities for communication and inspiration and also have a chance to build a better world for themselves. 

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Project Everyone, Big Picture Learning, Tiny Trees Preschool. Project Everyone asks the question for World's Largest Lesson which made me think on it to develop a curriculum for innovative projects. Big Picture Learning suggests an idea of education which is tailored to each student’s interests, talents and needs. Tiny Trees Preschool gives an inspiration for how creating vibrant, outdoor classrooms in the city center parks is possible. These innovative ideas give me an opportunity to discover how to give every child the best possible start in life. I am learning about innovative practices in education via this way and try to spread out.. Thanks! 

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

Öğretmen Ağı (Teachers Network), Türkiye Eğitim Bilişim Ağı (EBA), School Climate Model, Pera Museum Learning Programs, Temiz Deniz Derneği (TURMEPA) Clean Sea Foundation,