As primary students around the world return to classes virtually, parents are struggling to balance work and childcare, teachers are struggling to teach through Zoom, and students are struggling to stay engaged. How can we equip children, educators, families, and communities to not only cope with this challenge, but thrive? In this salon, we'll discuss these challenges, share new perspectives, offer possible solutions, and seek input from the audience during live Q&A.
Mel Ochoa is the COO at Landmark Ventures, a strategic and financial advisory firm that offers a unique combination of venture development and global investment banking services (the firm also organizes the Social Innovation Summit). Previously, he served as the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications as part of the leadership team at Achievement First, a high-performing network of 30+ college-prep, K-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. Prior to Achievement First, Mel was the Acting Director of Marketing at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, Calif. -- a family destination dedicated to art, science and hands-on fun for children up to age 8. He holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in History and Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Markus Hunt is an educator, writer, speaker, and consultant. He received his B.A. in Classics from Howard University and earned a Master of Education in School Leadership from Harvard University. He is currently the head of school at The Logan School for Creative Learning, a leader in gifted education for over thirty years. At Logan, Markus hosts educators from national and international schools seeking expertise on child-centered curriculum design. As an emerging voice in education, Markus has been a consultant to Teach for America, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), and the Advanced Education Research & Development Fund Project on executive function, funded by CZI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Markus is passionate about equity and social justice, especially as it relates to children in education.
Hla Hla Win is on a mission to democratize quality education by leveraging virtual reality, augmented reality and other mobile phone technologies. After completing a Public Administration master’s degree at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, she started an educational technology venture during her time at the SingularityU Global Solutions Program. 360ed is providing policy advice, conducting teachers training and applying technological innovation to pedagogy in Southeast Asia, starting with Myanmar. Their work had been recognized by UNESCO and received an award for innovation in digital technologies in February 2018 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Hla Hla is now heading the Myanmar office and works on EdTech projects dedicated to bringing scalable, immediate, and exponential impacts in transforming national education and beyond.
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