I remember where I was standing and what I said to my wife when Nelson Mandela entered the room. There was no announcement to the 50 of us assembled, no planned grand entrance, no fanfare. At first, no one noticed, but something overtook me. I felt him before I saw him, and...Read More
I remember where I was standing and what I said to my wife when Nelson Mandela entered the room. There was no announcement to the 50 of us assembled, no planned grand entrance, no fanfare.
At first, no one noticed, but something overtook me. I felt him before I saw him, and caught my wife’s gaze. “Rosalie,” I whispered, “There’s Abraham Lincoln!”
I needed my left hand to steady my right hand… and then I shook his. For days afterward, I tingled.
Friend to teachers everywhere, hero to us all, and an inspiration to prevail despite adversity, Nelson Mandela was a hero of education. We mourn his passing. And because of him, we believe in a future of peace, freedom, and education.
I founded Teachers Without Borders (TWB) in 2000 in order to connect teacher leaders to information and each other so that they may improve the quality of life in their communities. With members in 184 countries, TWB develops courses, initiatives, and open educational resources; supports local teacher leaders, networks, and vetted partners—from the village to the global agency—to scale programs and measure the results.
At over 59 million, teachers are the largest group of trained professionals in the world and the most powerful catalysts for lasting global change. They know who is sick, missing, or orphaned by AIDS.
Unfortunately their voices are rarely heard or taken seriously enough. Teacher professional development can be irrelevant, spotty, inconsequential, or missing entirely. TWB mobilizes local leaders to share their collective expertise on a global scale.
In July 2013, I was appointed to the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, where I am responsible for building a global teacher professional development program.
I am dedicated to extending, expanding, and enhancing the School of Education’s global teacher professional development offerings in order to support capacity building and global welfare. I am offering four courses (Introduction to Global Urban Education, Educating Girls, ASAP: Education in Emergencies, and Peace and Human Rights Education), and extending into global development programs, particularly the Girls Quake Science and Safety Initiative. See also: Girls Need to Know