This event will be WEBSTREAMED live for non-interactive viewing. Advanced registration is not required for webstream viewing, and anyone with internet connectivity may view the stream. The webstream will be live approximately ten minutes before the event, with content beginning at 12:00 PM EDT. The stream can be accessed at: http://streams.net.isc.upenn.edu/Playerpages/magpi/MagpiVideoPlayer.htm
Teachers Need a Village, Too! Many programs connect classrooms for shared projects, 21st century skills, or cultural exchange. Teachers Without Borders maintains that these global education programs are fascinating, but not sufficient, for teacher growth. We will connect you with some of the most committed and passionate teachers, and some of the best resources, from around the world. This workshop will help you break out of the cycle of isolation that plagues and destroy teachers and undermines the integrity of the profession itself. Consider it a café for new friends and a clearinghouse of great ideas. Join your local colleagues at PACIE, along with TWB’s Founder and TWB’s Program Director (at PACIE), as well as TWB’s African Regional Coordinator (in Abuja, Nigeria, via video-conference). A philosopher once said: “When you shake another’s hand, that is the time you truly feel your own.” It’s about time.
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Teachers Without Borders is a non-profit, international organization
with a small staff and a membership of over 6,500 in over 180
countries. Their programs are conceived by, led, and developed by local
education leaders and supported by a global network of colleagues.
After more than 20 years as a teacher and principal, Dr. Fred Mednick founded Teachers Without Borders (TWB) in 2000. Believing that a commitment to global education is a universal responsibility, Dr. Mednick has traveled extensively throughout the world and lent his time, skills, and training to onsite development forums. Convinced that education and international development go hand in hand, the key and ultimate vision behind the creation of TWB is to care for the caretakers.
Dr. Mednick received his undergraduate degree at the University of California, his master’s degree at the Claremont Colleges, and his doctorate degree at Seattle University. He wrote his dissertation on: “The Qualities of an Educated Teen for the 21st Century,” which extends a UNESCO report into the realm of implementation. Prior to founding TWB, he served as the head of two prominent schools in the United States, both with extensive programs recognizing individual learning strengths, strengthening faculty professional development, community service, and global education. He is the author of Rebel Without A Car: A Principal’s Guide to Adolescence, which has been published throughout the United States and Europe, and was excerpted in a compilation called: “Parent School: The Best Parenting Books of our Time.” The book provided him the unique opportunity to work with the late Dr. Benjamin Spock.
Fred's work with Teachers Without Borders has led his invitation to the prestigious Global Creative Leadership Summit (100 of the world's promising leaders) and TED, and was Cisco Systems' guest at the Nobel Prize summit in 2006.
Prior to becoming Teachers Without Borders' Program Director, Konrad Glogowski earned a PhD degree in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His doctoral research focused on the use of blogging communities in education and their impact on the quality of student writing, student engagement, and the changing role of the teacher.
Konrad has taught English in grades 7-12 and has worked as an e-learning consultant in both public and private sectors. He is the recipient of the 2005 International Educational Blogging Award and his work has been featured on CBC Radio (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Konrad has presented his research at numerous educational conferences and spent the last seven years researching online communities in education and the role of reflective practice in teacher development. He is passionate about helping schools and teachers successfully integrate technology in a variety of subject areas. He has worked with pre- and in-service teachers in Canada, the United States, and internationally, most recently in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Rwanda.
As Program Director, Konrad oversees all of TWB's active programs, as well as the development and implementation of the Certificate of Teaching Mastery (CTM), working closely with mentors, partners, teacher-leaders and members, and employing his technology background to ensure that the CTM is relevant for teachers worldwide.Konrad also uses his blog of proximal development to reflect on issues surrounding adolescent literacy, teacher development, and the use of technology in education.
Raphael Ogar Oko graduated in 1990 from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria where he obtained a B.Ed degree in Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology/Mathematics. Upon completion of his B.Ed degree, he was awarded the 1990 Best Graduating Student Award from his department. Following his bachelor’s degree, Raphael took graduate courses at the University of Port Harcourt from the Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology Department as well as from the Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Department.
Pursuing his call as a teacher, Raphael taught mathematics at the high school level. He also completed the Nigeria National Youth Service Corps program, where he taught at the Federal College of Education, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria and was later employed as a graduate assistant with the University of Port Harcourt. Raphael’s passion for “education without borders” led him to receive several post-graduate education trainings with nonprofits in character and peace education, family life education, and educational reform strategies.
Raphael is the recipient of the Ambassador for Peace Award given out by the Universal Peace Federation in Nigeria which honored him for his unrelenting efforts to strengthen the education system in his country. In August, 2009, Raphael was named the recipient of the Champions of Quality Education by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation & Ashoka's Changemakers' competition for working to closing the education divide through teacher mobilization, professional development, connecting teachers to information and each other, and inspiring teachers to take initiatives that address community needs. In 2010, Raphael was selected to speak at the first TEDxWiserU conference at Peking University in Beijing on August 21, 2010. TEDxWiserU is a new TEDx event that focuses on innovation in education.