As one educator recently wrote, teaching must get more flexible before it falls apart. In this episode, our guests explore a viable model for moving to a four-day work week and the impact it might have on retaining and attracting teachers.
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Inge Wassman is a visionary who empowers fellow educators to implement an innovative mindset by creating a culture that encourages all learners to be active participants in their journey. As the Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning at St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School, she leads professional learning communities for faculty and staff to innovate learning at all levels. Inge works with the faculty to evolve their craft by focusing on the learner-centered approach, the project approach, design thinking, and backward planning. She promotes authentic learning experiences that allow students to practice investigating, presenting, and public speaking skills. Inge believes each learner can make their mark in the world through a personalized learning experience and building relationships. Through listening with empathy and questioning, conducting root-cause analysis, and constantly checking for alignment, she involves everyone in the process of learning and improvement.
In Inge's 20+ years in education, she has been a teacher, edtech integrator, and innovation coach and is currently part of the senior staff management. She continuously searches for new opportunities to improve education for both students and faculty members.
She was born in The Netherlands and presently lives in Miami with her husband. They are the proud parents of four children. Inge fills her spirit with biking, yoga, reading, spending time on the water, and traveling.
Felix Jacomino loves learning and sharing (and food, and music, and making new friends). Over the last 22 years, he has experienced a great transformation in education as technology has made its way into every discipline across all curricula. His main focus and interest is ensuring that teachers understand when, why, and how to best use technology to accomplish learning objectives and empower students to be critical thinkers who own their learning. Felix is the Director of Technology at St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School, a private elementary school devoted to innovative teaching and learning practices, in Miami, Florida.