Being the previous Chinese Integration Specialist at the International School of Beijing, Annie facilitated and developed the Chinese historical, cultural, and literacy experiences for communities, teachers, and students from PreK-3 to Grade 12. When co-designing lessons and projects linked to global goals and standards, she is always conscious about how learners best learn and do we think about our thinking?
As the founder of Teens of China, Annie's vision centers on creating interdisciplinary opportunities for 21st century learning competencies and leading workshops for students and parents in China.
As a popular literacy blogger in China, Annie’s deepest passion lies in communicating clearly to parents about the “why and how” behind teaching philosophies and the power of education for good. She continues to reach out to Chinese parents to share innovative learning that addresses the importance of well-rounded literacy and global thinking.
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Jacob is the founder of iRead To Live Initiative, a non-profit organization that focuses on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals of Quality Education in Nigeria. He holds a bachelors degree in Public Administration and is nearing completion of his graduate study of Law.
As a leader of Inspire Citizens in Africa, Jacob has consistently advocated for the delivery of SDG 4: Quality Education for every child, launching schools literacy clubs and campaigns, while supporting teacher training and professional learning opportunities in rural areas of Nigeria.
His goal remains empowering all students, teachers, and community members to become educated, impactful, and sustainable thinkers. Jacob is also a featured guest in the Inspire Citizens Activist in Residence Program.
As an educator for over 30 years, Brian has published articles, and presented workshops throughout Asia, on teaching high school students effective strategies for analyzing and writing critically about art. He is the creator of the ISB Art History Channel on YouTube, which in collaboration with colleagues from around the world, has produced over 65 titles on art history for grades K-12. His website Occasionally you can see the mountains clearly outlines the global curriculum he has developed and provides resources for art teachers. For Inspire Citizens, he works as a visual arts consultant, consistently providing opportunities for students and teachers to question, “How can art change the world?” His exciting and powerful vision for teaching art and global competency can be found here: http://www.brianreverman.com/
You can read Brian's frequent posts about art education on the FB page, “Asian Region Art Educators” or purchase his book Inspiring Young Artists: 8 projects that engage high school art students in authentic artistic thinking (Practical Guides for the Idealistic Art Teacher, Book 1)
Erin Dowd is an educator, global education consultant, writer, presenter and founder of www.JRNEY.org, a website dedicated to amplifying the voices of teachers through global stories from the field. She is a founding ambassador of the Teach SDGs movement and serves as the professional learning chair for the ISTE Global Collaboration Professional Learning Network. For Inspire Citizens, Erin will be serving as workshop leader and transformative facilitator for integrating global competence and SDG targets into curriculum, programs, and whole school visioning.
Erin also holds a master’s degree in Global and International Education from Drexel University and presents frequently at conferences all over the world including ISTE, ASCD Empower, and AFS on global education topics.
In 2017, she was named an ASCD Emerging Leader and has recently joined the advisory board for Honduras Child Alliance to assist with curriculum and volunteer development.
A former classroom teacher and curriculum director in the Netherlands, US, India and Honduras, Erin has spent her career working to provide equitable education for students all over the world. She currently splits her time in both the US and China primarily working as director of education for Belouga.org, an innovative learning platform dedicated to education for sustainability and social justice..
Connect with her on Twitter @globaljrney and @eedowd27.
Guided by the famous phrase accredited to Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world,” Kavita is an Inspire Citizens is the early childhood education specialist and activist on education equality in developing regions and schools. Following years of teaching in England and China, she encourages educators to inspire students to create impact projects, even for the youngest of learners, that improve global communities.
As a witness to injustice, Kavita's mission is to connect with like-minded individuals who wish to empower children through inspiring, globally minded and holistic education.
In workshops, Kavita helps design important roles educators play in shaping the attitudes of young people, offering practical ideas of how to implement ideas for creating globally-minded citizens via effective teaching and play-based learning.
As a global theater artist and acclaimed drama educator, Hannah pioneered and currently teaches the middle school drama program at the International School of Beijing. She also launched the first Drama Yoga Festival in the world, runs Journey to Wholeness wellness retreats, and participates in the collaborative creation of drama festivals around the world as an ISTA Theater Artist.
Hannah is an archeologist of the soul – uncovering hidden jewels in people and inspiring them to connect deeper with themselves, each other and the world through global and cultural proficiency, drama, theater, yoga, and wellness.