Master Teacher, Creative & Thinking Classrooms, Recipient of President's Award,
Ms Fernandez shares the vision of producing true Singaporeans with sound values.
For the past forty six years of her teaching career, she has, with a genuine love
for her pupils shared her life with a passion. She has touched the lives of her
pupils nurturing in them a spirit of innovation and enterprise. She builds up their
self-esteem by listening to their problems and enforcing good study skills. Her
teaching skills and expertise tempered with her learning experiences create innovative
and impactful lessons infused with National Education values and school core values.
Her café-styled classroom with creative display of pupils’ work invites pupils to
a bright and cheery classroom that encourages and motivates them to give of their
best. Her classroom is a conducive learning environment where pupils are involved
in experimentation, and independent thought and discovery and being analytical,
methodical and focused in pursuing the goals and targets she helps them set for
themselves. She has placed great emphasis on multi-disciplinary approaches to learning
and has focused on grooming leadership talent. Her efforts have inspired her peers
and colleagues to do likewise for their classrooms.
Her Pr 4 pupils who collaborated with her in designing and operating ‘The Creative
Classroom’ were the members in the S3 Cluster pupils’ WIT ‘Maximising Pupil Participation
in Classroom Design.’ Their outstanding presentation earned them a place as the
nalist in the 5th National Pupil WITs Convention 2004. She presented her Creative
class ndings for STU Conference - Philosophy in Schools : Developing a Community
of Inquiry 2006 and MOE ExCEL Fest 2006. She was also the facilitator and co presenter
for research paper “The Creative Classroom’ for International Conference on Education
( Redesigning Pedagogy: research, policy, practice ) 2007and Creative Thinking Classroom
at APERA Asia-Pacic Educational Research Association Conference 2008.
Dr Mindy Blaise
Associate Professor The Hong Kong Institute of Education Co-director, Centre for
Childhood Research and Innovation, China
Mindy is an associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood Educationand
Co-director of the Centre for Childhood Research and Innovation, at the Hong Kong
Institute of Education. Mindy’s areas of research interest relate to working with
teachers to think through critical perspectives to reconceputalize early childhood
teaching, research, curriculum and childhood. Her research focuses on gender politics
in the early years and encourages the eld to engage with, rather than shut-down,
difference and diversity. She is currently involved in three research projects that
are examining different aspects of childhood in the Asia-Pacic region. These include,
Researching postcolonial childhoods across Hong Kong, Australia, and Canada; Exploring
the cultural politics of gender/sex/uality in early childhood across Hong Kong,
Singapore, and South Korea;, and Singapore; and The literacy wall: researching literacy
activities in a Hong Kong kindergarten.
Mindy has recently co-edited, with Affrica Taylor and Veronica Pacini- Ketchabow,
a special issue for Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, Relating childhood to
the more-than-human (July 2012). She is also co-editing, with Liz Brooker and Suzy
Edwards, the SAGE International Handbook of Research on Play and Learning (forthcoming,
2013). Mindy is on the editorial board of several journals including the Asia-Pacic
Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, Gender and Education, Contemporary
Issues in Early Childhood, Early Childhood Research Quarterly, International Journal
of Equity and Excellence in Early Childhood Education, and Multidisciplinary Journal
on Social Diversity.
Dr. Fred Mednick
Founder -Teachers Without Borders
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Education
After more than 20 years as a teacher and principal, Dr. Fred Mednick founded Teachers
Without Borders (TWB) in 2000. Dr. Mednick has advocated for the direct connection
between teacher professional development and global change. Along with his role
as head of TWB, he is also a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education,
where he teaches 4 online global courses for teachers.
Dr. Mednick received his B.A. at the University of California, his M.A. from Claremont
Graduate School; and his doctoral degree from Seattle University. His dissertation,
“The Qualities of an Educated Teen for the 21st Century,” was inspired by colleagues
in Udaipur, and extends a UNESCO report into a model of education change. His research
led to the founding of Teachers Without Borders so that teachers could connect to
information and each other in order to advance education.
Prior to founding TWB, Fred served as the head of two prominent schools in the United
States. 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.
Teachers Without Borders has worked with the Clinton Global Initiative and received
Ashoka’s Champion of African Education award. Fred has been a delegate at the prestigious
Global Creative Leadership Summit four times, was Cisco Systems' guest at the Nobel
Prize summit, and has consulted for the Commonwealth Ministers of Education as an
advocate for the teacher’s voice.
Counselor of Education Finnish National Board of Education, Finland
Pirjo Koivula is M.A. in Educational Administration, Research and Planning. She
is qualified Primary School and Special Needs Teacher. She has postgraduate studies
in Education and Specialist Qualification in Leadership and Management for Educational
She is currently Counsellor of Education in The Finnish National Board of Education
in the Curriculum Development Unit. She has the main responsibility of developing
the achievement of all learners, special needs and inclusive education on national
level. She has worked in cooperation with the Ministry of Education to draft national
legislation and has been responsible of drafting the changes in the national core
curriculum in the area of pupil support and inclusive education. After that her
work was to support the implementation and to continue the Curriculum work in the
area of the learning concept and pedagogical methods. Now she is chairing two work
groups in new Core Curriculum reform.
She has cooperated with the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in different development
projects in South-Africa, Tanzania and Russia. She is a National Coordinator for
Finland of European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education. She is also
a Member of Common Board of State owned Approved Schools and a Vice chair of Board
of Celia, National Library for the Visually Impaired. She is responsible for developing
the state owned resource centres. She has also acted as a country representative
in the projects of OECD´s Center for Educational Research and Innovation, CERI and
Pirjo Koivula has also served as Department Head and Director of Education and Social
Services in three different cities and before that as a principal.
She has contributed to the elaboration of several publications and strategies on
the topic of inclusive education in pre-primary, basic and upper-secondary education.
During past years she has had several presentations and keynote speeches in international
scientific and professional conferences and seminars.
Director of Education Changemakers, Australia
As one of the most effective and innovative education leaders in Australia over
the last decade, Dave has a powerful grasp on the factors that lead to education
success. Since becoming a Principal at age twenty four, Dave has brought reform
and dramatic improvement to some of the most challenging schools in the country,
including Halls Creek District High Shool. Shortly after turning thirty, Dave became
the youngest Regional Education Director in the country with responsibility for
eighteen schools across the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory. He has been
recognized as the Young Australian of the Year (WA, 2004) and Young Leader of the
Year (WA, 2003). Dave is a passionate and powerful education leader with proven
Dave’s current work is as a Director of Education Changemakers, an organisation
working towards ending educational disadvantage, which Dave co-founded. Education
Changemakers identies exceptional teachers and emerging leaders in disadvantaged
schools and then works with them over twelve months to inspire, equip, support and
connect these educators. The Changemaker Program has a strong action bias and enables
participants to lead change in their context and become high impact Education Changemakers
and champions for disadvantaged students. The result is a movement of great teachers
and leaders working together to transform some of Australia’s toughest schools.
Bob Baratta Lorton
President, Center for Innovation in Education, USA
Bob Baratta-Lorton and his wife Mary are the co-founders of and chief curriculum
developers for the Center for Innovation in Education, a not-for-prot organization
whose purpose is to create curriculum in reading and mathematics for elementary
school children of all socioeconomic backgrounds. The Center’s core belief, around
which its curriculum is created, is that all children can learn and that every child
matters. The curriculum developed by Bob and Mary’s Center aims at achieving learning
success for every child in every classroom, with no exceptions.
The Center’s curriculum in mathematics, authored by Bob and Mary, is contained in
the books Mathematics Their Way (for primary grade children) and Mathematics a Way
of Thinking (for intermediate grade children). Both books are published by Pearson
Education, and both are also available as free downloads from the Center’s website
at www.center.edu. The Center’s curriculum in beginning reading, which is named
after its Baratta-Lorton authors, but was given the name “Dekodiphukan” by the many
teachers using it, is also available as a free download from the Center’s website.
It is also now available as a set of 14 completely free, no strings attached, apps
for the iPad.
The Center has a staff of over 300 instructors, all of whom are classroom teachers
who have used Bob and Mary’s curriculum with their own students. Center instructors
have provided curriculum training to over 500,000 teachers worldwide, including
all fty of the United States, countries from Australia to Iceland, Chile to Canada,
England to Turkey, Qatar to Hong Kong, and, of course, India.
Dr. Sunita Gandhi
Convenor, EDWW Co-Founder, Council for Global Education, USA
Dr Sunita Gandhi is Founder, Council for Global Education, USA, Dignity, Education
Vision International, India, and the Education Society of Iceland (Islensku menntasamtokin
ses). She has travelled to some 38 countries and studied their education systems.
Her research-based work on education has been piloted in the UK, Iceland and India.
She came back to India recently after 26 years overseas with a Ph.D. in Physics
from Cambridge University, UK, where she received three merit-based scholarships,
a ten-year tenure as an Economist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., USA, where
she was selected as a Young Professional, and after having established Iceland’s
first two charter schools and an experimental school in the Czech Republic.
In India, Dr Gandhi has been fine-tuning and implementing a transformative education
curriculum and assessments based on the principle of compete with yourself, which
over 200 schools have adopted across India. With this large scale pilot, she is
incubating an education more suited to the needs of children in the 21st century.
The edifice of her efforts are constructed on the foundation of the Four Building
Blocks of Education: Universal Values, Global Understanding, Excellence in All Things
and Service to Humanity. In India, Dr Gandhi also serves as Honorary Chief Academic
Advisor of her parents-run City Montessori School, Lucknow, the world’s largest
school, a Guinness World Record Holder, and recipient of the UNESCO Prize for Peace
Her latest project, Global Dream, is aimed at providing functional literacy to the
illiterate masses. The results from the pilot are startling: Nearly 60,000 students
from 150 schools of her city have taken up the campaign to teach at least one person.
The unique and innovative Global Dream curriculum allows a person to become reading
capable with just 10-15 hours of time investment over a month (with 15-20 minute
sessions per day). Within a month, the curriculum has been taken up pan India and
requests have come in from South Africa and China. The initial goal is 10 million
new literates in India by the end of 2015.
Ms Archanaa pande is serving as Principal of City Montessori School, Lucknow (Ashsrfabad
Branch) for the past 24 years. She has taught students at all levels and served
as Primary Incharge and Headmistress. A popular trainer of Principals and teachers,
she has led several training programmes and hosted conferences. She has also anchored
a number of conferences and produced several live and recorded show for Doordarshan
and for Celibrities like Girija Devi, Pandit Kishan Maharaj, Shankar Mahadevan,
A Shivmani and Louis Banks. She has produced documentaries for Delhi Doordarshan
and acted in feature films, telefilms, serials and stage plays. She has led an Indian
delegation to Finland. She has also attended and directed children's International
Summer Village (CISV) camps attended by children and teachers from ten countries.
Archanaa pande is also an expert in cooperative games and cooperative learning.