Most of us are already imagining the turkey dinners we’ll enjoy in celebration of the pioneers who settled this country. What better time to celebrate the pioneers in hybrid education (and Ed Tech) who are helping us re-imagine America’s educational system? So before you pass the gravy, you might give a moment of thanks for:
- Alan November: One of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators, Alan November is an international leader in education technology who began as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor in Boston Harbor. He’s since been named one of the nation’s 15 most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. As the founder of November Learning and an international speaker, he presents keynotes and workshops about new school design, staff development, community building and a variety of educational topics.
- Chip Kimball: Superintendent of Lake Washington School District in Redmond, Washington, Kimball was recently appointed the 12th Superintendent of Singapore American School, due largely to his ability to enhance student learning with innovative practices. He has focused on specific strategies to better prepare students for college, the global workplace and personal success.
- Geoffrey Canada: His vision to save and educate underprivileged American children gained national attention when “60 Minutes” aired a story about Canada’s “The Harlem Children’s Zone” in 2006, and again with the 2010 release of “Waiting for Superman,” a documentary film that leveraged his story and highlighted the plight of the American educational system. Canada’s early efforts proved that kids in poor neighborhoods can learn. Now he’s working to expand the resources available to more students in the poverty-stricken Harlem area.
- Michael Horn: Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, the book that Michael Horn co-authored with Harvard Business School Professor and best-selling author Clayton M. Christensen and Curtis W. Johnson, president of the Citistates Group, is leading national discussions about how to better educate today’s students using technology and innovation. BusinessWeek named it one of the 10 Best Innovation & Design Books of 2008. Strategy + Business awarded it the best human capital book of 2008, Newsweek named it as the 14th book on its list of “Fifty Books for Our Times,” and the National Chamber Foundation named it first among its 10 “Books that Drive the Debate 2009.”
- David Jackson & Kenneth Holt: Sure, they’re our own executives here at Fairmont Education Group, but 60 years of results are tough to ignore. Kenneth Holt put his passion for teaching and 20 years of experience behind Fairmont Private Schools in 1953. His son, David Jackson, officially joined the team in 1979. Together, they devote much of their time to furthering the acceptance of hybrid education as a better model for educating students and preparing them for an evolving world.
We’re thankful for these outstanding leaders’ contributions to improving education for today’s students, and we’re thankful to all the educators throughout the country who strive to broaden the classroom experience for all our kids.
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