KDSL Global interviews Adrian DeLeon

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Our KDSL Global Intern recently had the opportunity to interview Adrian DeLeon, CEO & Co-Founder, Innovare – Social Innovation Partners. This organization drives social innovation to achieve educational equity. Innovare supports their partners to use data strategically to drive continuous improvement and is building a powerful network of changemakers.

 

Tell us about the services Innovare offers.

Innovare is an education management and planning system that helps K-12 executives become great managers of their schools, districts, and nonprofit organizations. It unifies data into one dashboard and uses technology to help them with strategic planning and project management. It is a one-stop-shop that makes K-12 leaders great CEOs.

 

What separates your platform from other platforms? 

We are different than others because we focus on leadership, not teachers or students directly. We know that by empowering leaders to manage their organizations better and plan toward improvement this will positively impact students and communities. We are also different because our team looks like the people we serve; it is diverse and representative of the people we are trying to impact.  

 

What was your inspiration for founding Innovare?

I was a former teacher, non-profit administrator, and data strategist in education. I saw first-hand how great leaders don’t have the tools they need to be successful. Most of them are flying the plane without instruments, so to speak. So, I decided to quit my job and inspire two other guys to do the same, one with a tech background and the other with a business background, in order to start Innovare.

 

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A former educator, school improvement coach, data strategist in Chicago Public Schools, and consultant at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AJ is our internal strategist and team leader. AJ was recognized as a 2016 EPic alumnus of Education Pioneers, is an inaugural fellow of The Surge Institute, and is an admirer of the art of Frida Kahlo.

 

 

KDSL Global Teacher Fellowship

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KDSL Global Teacher Fellowship

KDSL Global, based in the United Arab Emirates and in the United States, is looking to provide fellowships for educators each year. We are a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally. The fellowship responsibilities will include:

  1. Writing. KDSL Global is devoted to sharing and collaborating with K-12 education stakeholders worldwide. A KDSL Global fellow would have the opportunity to contribute to these various sources and introduce new education topics based on their interest.
  2. Leadership. There are many opportunities to learn and expand leadership skills within the organization. KDSL Global organizes conferences and forums focused on the American curriculum in the MENA region. A fellow would collaborate with the team to develop innovative programs and materials and contribute to professional learning opportunities in MENA, USA, and beyond.
  3. Launch. We will work with fellows to launch a new education idea. This could be a product or service specific to their context or created for the global education community.

KDSL Global seeks one resourceful, intelligent, detail-oriented, hard-working individual who are capable of excelling in an intellectually stimulating work environment. Our focus is on educators based in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Australasia. Research experience is desired, strong writing skills a must, and Internet experience greatly welcome. The time commitment is 5-8 hours virtually a month for this one year volunteer fellowship. Please browse the KDSL Global website at www.kdslglobal.comand www.kdslglobalwordpress.com for more information about the organization.

Individuals interested in a KDSL Global Teacher Fellowship should send a CV and a writing sample about an idea they have that will disrupt the education field to Kevin Simpson at kevin@kdslglobal.com by 15 November. Select candidates will be interviewed. This fellowship begins in January 2020.

KDSL Global interviews Gilda Scarfe

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Our KDSL Global Intern recently had the opportunity to interview Gilda Scarfe, who serves as the CEO and Founder of Positive Action UK. As a leading and innovative educational consultancy, this company believes that all schools, youth organisations and communities should make positive education and resilience a visible and conscious part of their daily practice. Scarfe is an IPEN Global Representative and our interview focuses on her work with this group. IPEN is the International Positive Education Network. 

 

What is the vision of IPEN?

IPEN’s vision is to bring together educators, researchers, practitioners, positive psychologists to promote academic achievement, wellbeing and character development – we call it positive education

Positive education usually defines positive character using the core character strengths that are represented in the VIA classification’s six categories of virtue.

The goal of positive education is to reveal a young person’s character strengths and to develop his or her ability to effectively engage those strengths (Linkins et al., 2015).

IPEN’s vision is to see the entire education ecosystem embrace positive education as part of the curriculum.

 

Tell us about The Learning Library.

The Learning Library provides countless educational resources that will enthuse educators and students to learn. Hundreds of well-designed lesson plans are curated with clarity and explicit instruction. Each lessons plan includes varied interesting activities to help consolidate student comprehension.  The lessons provide a deep look at various subjects such as mental toughness and wellbeing. Higher level lessons include everything from the science of wellbeing to metacognition and visible thinking. For interactive learners, the library provides hundreds of skills-based activities that are both enticing and educational.

No matter the challenge, the engaging resources will help students reach their wellbeing and academic requirements with confidence.

 

What are your responsibilities working as global representative for IPEN?

As a global ambassador is to spread the word about IPEN’s work, provide guidance on how to implement positive education as a whole school climate, to support collaboration between teachers, encourage change in education practice and support the reform of government policy.

 

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Gilda Scarfe is the CEO and Founder of Positive Action UK a leading
and innovative educational consultancy using research to develop, implement and evaluate mental toughness, wellbeing and 21st century skills in schools through programmes design and pedagogical approaches.

With a master’s degree in educational leadership along with undergraduate degrees Comparative Literature and Law and post graduate degree in psychology and over 15 years facilitating in business performance and education contexts, Gilda specialises in creating curriculum that are evidence based, meaningful, make a powerful impression and have a long lasting effect. An expert in helping people understand and effectively play to their character strengths.

She has worked with teams across the private and state funded schools to promote and imbed positive psychology interventions as a whole school approach. Her work has included strategic planning for designing, delivering and implementing wellbeing and mental toughness programmes in schools, framework redesign for primary and secondary schools, as well as strengths-based coaching using the VIA instrument.

She has been responsible for the organisation and implementation of the Positive Psychology/Education strategy at several grammar schools in the UK, Singapore, UAE and Thailand and has supported the strategic direction and implementation of Illuminate Education a non-profit organisation promoting Positive Education initiatives.

Gilda’s research focuses on character education, emotional intelligence in education, leading change, positive education, strategic planning in education and wellbeing education. In particular, she is interested in how school leaders establish cultures to enable positive learning and wellbeing environments.

Her dream is for every school in the UK to fully and seamlessly incorporate positive education into their curriculum and application for students, families, and staff. Passionate about improving wellbeing and mental toughness in education through innovative yet simple and clear interventions, Gilda is always keen to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners in making a practical and powerful impact to the world of education.

Gilda is member of IPPA (International Positive Psychology Association), APA (American Psychology Association) and MEPA (Middle East Psychology Association) and a global Ambassador for IPEN (International Positive Education Network) she is also a certified Mental Toughens and Emotional Intelligence assessor. A highly sought-after speaker Gilda has delivered several keynotes, workshops and symposia in MENA Region, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom on a range of topics from positive psychology and educational leadership to curriculum innovation and pedagogical development.

 

 

 

KDSL Global interviews the founder of Lit Publishing Ltd

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Our KDSL Global Intern recently had the opportunity to interview Sania Green-Reynolds, Founder of Lit Publishing Ltd. As part of her fellowship with KDSL Global, Green-Reynolds is expected to launch a new education product or service specific to her context or for the global education community.

 

Tell us about Lit Publishing Ltd. 

Lit Publishing Ltd. is the product of some of my life-changing and inspired upcoming projects. Most such projects are in the publishing arena and I am passionate about empowering people to write and publish their stories, expertise and desires.

The company is formed on the belief that words are our most powerful tools. That’s why our mission is to;

  1. Support authors and aspiring authors by providing the technical expertise needed to achieve personal and professional writing and publishing goals and successfully launch informational products.
  2. Provide educational, inspirational, motivational, spiritual, soul-stirring and engaging content for diverse readers and fan-base around the globe.

It is the first and only stop for;

  1. People who want to become an author but don’t know where and how to start.
  2. People who are seeking an accountability network, author expertise and coaching as well as technical writing assistance.
  3. People who are looking for alternative publishing means.
  4. People who want to lead and inspire change in their professions, networks or communities and wish to position themselves as authority figures.

Lit Publishing’s Services include:

*Book Consultation, Editing & Publishing

*Author Coaching, Marketing Support & Accountability

*Collaboratives, Anthologies & Book Projects

*Periodicals & Magazines

*Professional Profiles & Media Kits

*Occasion Greeting Cards

 

What inspired you to work in education?

I had some very good teachers who touched my life be it positively or not as positively and an awesome one who dedicated her time to reaching me when I was in my darkest teen moments. Despite taking an oath that I would never become a teacher during one dark moment when I challenged a teacher and she challenged me back, I ended up starting my teaching career at the tender age of sixteen and a half. This was a short term, pre-trained teaching job, but this job along with the indelible mark left on me by one of the most remarkable teachers I know, made me realize that my role in this life is to positively impact people’s lives through education.

 

How can writing be beneficial and transformative?

If you knew the fourteen-year-old me versus the current me, then you would be better able to see with your own eyes how therapeutic and transformative writing and reading can be. Writing was and pretty much still is my safe place, my happy place, my place of freedom. If I search my journals and dream books, I could show you that me being here in the UAE at this moment is a written desire manifested. When I feel overwhelmed, misunderstood or even lacking words to pray, writing is my tool of expression. Extensive studies and research show that writing one’s feelings gradually eases feelings of emotional trauma. Many people may find this difficult to understand, but growing up without my biological mother, and being told repeatedly by her after I finally met her that I should not have been born is forever emotionally traumatic. Writing was my first therapy albeit in response to great literature texts I read in junior and high school. I also know for sure that when one writes something that helps or entertains someone, or inspires change, that writer’s confidence and self-worth increases significantly. That’s extremely beneficial if you ask me!

To learn more about Lit Publishing Ltd. visit https://twitter.com/LitPublishing.

 

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Sania S. Green-Reynolds is an overcomer, and award-winning international educator who is passionate about personal and professional growth and cultivating the richest, most diverse learning experiences for learners. She is the founder and director of Lit Publishing Ltd., a mom, wife, visionary, teacher-leader and trainer, and resourceful friend and colleague. Apart from being an extroverted-introvert who likes a light yet empowering conversation, she likes meeting new people, spending time with family and friends and exploring new content and business ideas. Sania has authored and co-authored Amazon Best-selling books, transformed her clients’ lives through coaching and the re-channeling of creative energies, and inspired change among people across the globe.

 

 

KDSL Global Summer Work Experience Scholars

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At KDSL Global we believe students should have opportunities to be exposed to a variety of careers during their secondary experience. Each year we host students who engage with our company on projects. This summer we welcome two students who are based in Dubai.

Areeba Khalid is a student at GEMS Modern Academy. She currently in Year 11 who will start her International Baccalaureate in the month of September. She was in an Indian Curriculum from grade 1 to 10. She is a very ambitious, enthusiastic and hard-working child. It her first internship at KDSL Global Internship Program and working in a professional environment. She is keen to acquire new skills, gain more knowledge on education and have a great experience during the program. She has participated and volunteered in various events at her school. She has a great interest in art and hence taken art as one of her subjects in IB. She also has a passion for teaching, and thus wants to pursue her career in the field of education.

Currently in the midst of her high school life, balancing her extra curriculars with academics and preparing for college Araditta Sunder is studying psychology and business in an IB school. Being an IB student has allowed her to imbibe skills such as time-management, and organization which has allowed her to be balanced and well rounded. At home, she is a kind and caring sister who is always there to support her autistic elder brother. Growing up trying to understand him inspired her to do psychology but there was something about the “learning theory” that pushed her curiosity into education. Watching her brother receive vocational therapy inspired her to think about things like learning styles, based on which she has also written essays. Taking a step further by joining forces with a center for Autism in Bangalore called Apoorva, to support other children like him has given her some exposure, but in order to make a difference she believes that she must be properly skilled and knowledgeable. So, with the help of this internship Araditta aims to obtain insight and resources to confidently venture into this pathway.