Janice Williams
Ambassador, Academy

Janice Williams

Toronto, Canada

Human being Human. ♀. Equity vanguard. Curriculum architect. Sustainability maven. Actioning my purpose by collaborating with like-minded individuals to transform education. Lieben und arbeiten.

Janice is a twice certified teacher with extensive science teaching, curriculum development and sustainability education consultative experience. In 2005 she established Pinnacle Educational Services as a way to provide learning support beyond the bell to students challenged with the fast pace of instruction experienced in the formal school setting.

Janice has served the profession as an educator in both the public and private education systems, not-for-profit and government sectors. Her commitment to sustainability education, coupled with her insatiable curiosity and passion for learning has catapulted her on an exciting career path as an educational services and resource development consultant.

From supporting diverse on-the-ground partnerships, designing future-focused curriculum materials, to facilitating the growth of promising pedagogical practices across networks, Janice is a leading advocate for high yield, culturally responsive, learner-centred education. She is a respected educator and speaker who is passionate about connecting the world-of-school with the world-of-work by creating and nurturing competency-based ecosystems of learning and teaching. Janice is also an experienced classroom teacher who recognizes the power of purposeful technology integration to support real-world science learning experiences.

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

I joined the HundrED Community so that I may have a way to network and collaborate with education stakeholders and partners from around the world for the expressed purpose of catalyzing innovative and effective change in education sector (practices and policies) globally. 

How can education support students to flourish?

Education can support students to flourish if those responsible for creating the policies and structures acknowledge and accept that education is not a one-size fits all proposition. Varying local, regional and national contexts will require innovative thinking --inside, beside the box and without a box - to truly honour the SDG #4 goal of quality education for all, and provide systems that are designed to leave no one behind. 

What role does innovation play in education change?

The current framework for Western education is antiquated; it is a 200+ year old construct whose time has come. It was created in a time (factory model borne of the Industrial Age) that is very different than the current day contexts of today (Digital and Information Age). Innovation requires that societies do things  differently coming up with an approach, process, product or strategy, however innovation in education is more than just a "different" approach.  Enablers of educational change: student centred and experiential rooted in real world contexts.

Three HundrED innovations you love. (and Why?)

Girl Rising Gender inequality is an important topic. Education is best antidote to eradicate gender inequalities that exist. Research suggests that by reducing inequality societies strengthen economies and build sustainable and resilient communities.

Speed School Striving to uphold, SDG #4 education by supporting the underserved is important and necessary in this time of immese global challenges. In 21st Century, no regardless of circumstances no child should be denied an education. This innovation makes good on this equity principle.

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

Labster is an innovative way to ensure safe experiential learning in the laboratory. Science is something students do in pursuit of science knowledge and skills, Labster makes this possible by giving students access to safe realistic lab experiences in a fun and risk-free learning environment in the time of COVIDs-19.

EarthProject. Inspire change. Take action  A global community of practice (TAG) that launches several global educational projects and initiatives. Taking Action Global Inspire change. Take action. Take Action Global was created to inspire change by providing opportunities for students around the world to take action on social good causes through education. 

Astra Nova School Online  Astra Nova develops students that are enthralled by complexity and solving for the unknown. Through their single-day online format called AAOL, the Astra Nova School provide some of their most exciting courses and experiences to learning communities.