Sean Robinson is a Canadian educator with a passion for local and global connections. He is the creator of connections-based learning, an approach to teaching and learning that leverages the connected world. Sean's students have participated in a range of real world endeavors: from collaborating with students in Uganda to create solar powered computers to delivering 3D printed solar lanterns to battle light poverty in the Dominican Republic. Sean is a founding TeachSDGs ambassador, igniting students around the globe to take action to meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. He received the Premier's Award for Excellence in Education for his work in the area of Technology and Innovation in October 2018. and was a Global Teacher Prize Top 50 Finalist for 2019.
We have a phenomenal group of Connections-based Learning Ambassadors that spread the message of CBL and share their wealth of understanding as to how to connect classes with the community, experts, organizations, and classrooms around the world.
Fran Siracusa, an Educational Technologist and Spanish teacher, is the co-founder of#TeachSDGs, Calliope Global, and Edcamp Tampa Bay. Her passions are student-centered learning, connections-based learning through global projects, World Language study, sustainable development, and social good. In order to authentically improve the educational landscape, she shares her expertise and experience through Professional Development workshops, teaching in classrooms, speaking at conferences, and professionally writing for educational companies, magazines and blogs. In 2017, she earned the prestigious ISTE Global PLN "Innovation in Global Collaboration" Award. Fran happily promotes educational excellence by serving as an Edutopia guest blogger, and as an "ambassador" for Kahoot!, Buncee and Flipgrid
Tracy Brady is a French and Spanish Teacher at Afton Middle/High School in Afton NY. Her professional passions include technology, showing students that they have the power to effect change in the world, and making connections of all shapes, sizes and varieties which she endeavors to do formally through professional organizations like NYSAFLT and NECTFL, somewhat less formally through attendance at EdCamps, and regularly through Twitter chats, Voxer groups, and other more flexible but no less valuable venues. Off duty she is mother to two beautiful adult daughters.
Kenneth Muhumuza is founder and team leader of Serve Uganda Initiative, an organization of educated youth volunteers working to unleash community capacity. He is passionate about learner-centered education and connections-based learning, which he believes are effective approaches to empower students with the necessary tools to deal with the real-world problems of the 21st century. Kenneth co-foundedFeed My Lamb Kabarole, a nonprofit in Uganda that unleashes the potential of communities to pursue their own sustainable change through education and skills training. He is ambitious to solve societal problems with special interests in education for social justice and spends most of his time training teachers, making global connections, and giving career guidance in schools.
Rola Tibshirani is a French Immersion Intermediate teacher at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She is passionate about students’ taking ownership of their learning by creating and applying Integrative Thinking and Designing Thinking processes to embrace challenges. She connects her students with projects from around the world and fosters students collaborative inquiry through Global Partnership. She is the host of The Missing Link, a Canadian VoicEd radio podcast that highlights educators who are passionate about global connectivity.
Basemera Stella Maris is a Private Tutor, Academic Coach, Creative Learning Methods Researcher, School System Planner, and C.E.O of Creative Learning AfricA+, a learner support company which has contributed about 90% client success. She is a professional teacher of Math from Makerere University School of Education who enjoys learning and relearning
Genza Raymond is an educator by profession with special skills and talents in Computer Literacy and Technology. He teaches computer technology at Gombe Junior School in Kampala, Uganda. Genza Raymond passionate about making learning fun and exciting through the the use of computer technology.
Pasha Ismail S. is the Deputy Principal of Academics of Makindye Secondary in Uganda. He is a certified Google Educator and a passionate teacher of Mathematics. He is head of the Chemistry Department at Makindye Secondary School and is the author of several Chemistry and Science articles. He is Programmes Director for Direct Hand Foundation, a foundation focusing on Mathematics, Science, and Entrepreneurship, and the National Coordinator for the Chemistry Educators Society Uganda.
Shamim Nirere is passionate about education that seeks to develop an individual holistically in and out of the classroom. She is passionate about connection-based learning and learner centered learning. She is the founder at Izere Education, a social enterprise in Uganda that seeks to achieve quality 21st Century learning outcomes through life-skills, technology and mentorship. She does this through teachers’ training, life skills and technology camps, and youth workshops. She is equally passionate about girl child empowerment.
Mio Horio, A Global Teacher Prize 2018 Top 50 Finalist, has taught English for 10 years in a rural community in Japan. Her students have few opportunities to communicate with others from different backgrounds so she has her students communicate directly with students around the world. using Skype. This helps them learn authentic knowledge about other cultures to remove any biased impressions they might have. Her goal is to raise global citizens with global minds who can work to make a better society.
Barbara is a high school teacher of English in both vocational and academic classes in Norway, a teacher trainer and an edtech specialist. She continually uses innovative technologies with her diverse student population to aid in teaching and learning. In 2017, Barbara received Norway’s prestigious Gullepleprisen 2017 from the Norwegian Educational Data Society (NPeD ) and the Great Global Project Challenge Grant prize for her project called “The Universe is Made of Tiny Stories”. Sh e was a top 10 finalist for Varkey Foundation's Global Teacher Prize in 2018. In May 2018, Barbara became the laureate of the “Outstanding Pole in Norway” contest.