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Ravi to Judge Britannica “Stand Out” Awards
I am honored to be a judge for Britannica’s first ever “Stand-Out” awards. We want to hear about the character of students and educators, like you, who have exemplified extraordinary and inspiring characteristics that have helped to make an impact on students and classrooms. There are cash prizes for both students and teachers. Check out the following link to learn more: https://britannicalearn.com/awards/
2019 Convocation & Conference Special
Now is the time to be thinking about your 2019 fall conference or convocation, and I would love to be your keynote speaker and help lift your attendees (and their students) to new heights. Here are two opportunities for you that CAN be combined!
Get a free student presentation with any education leadership keynote.
SALE thru Feb. 15th: US Conferences in Mid-Atlantic and US School District Convocations Nationwide: get 50% off your 2019 keynote (must be booked by Feb. 15, 2019).
Ravi Announces Advisory Board
Ravi welcomes his first few advisors to his board: Bob Moje, principal of VMDO Architects specializing in educational spaces, Mary Luehrsen of National Association of Music Merchants specializing in policy development and government relations efforts affecting access to music education, and Jeffrey Sexton of the US Department of State with over 30 years of US international public and cultural diplomacy experience. Learn more at https://RaviUnites.com/about
Ravi Unites Schools Update
Looking Ahead: Refining Methods for Matching Schools in 2019
Last year, we tested Ravi’s assertions that students crave opportunities to connect in real time with their peers in other parts of the world, that educators seek new ways to increase their students’ cultural competencies, and that this stimulates greater empathy and action on behalf of others. By August, over 100 schools and districts had registered to Skype with a student group in another geographic region through the Ravi Unites Schools initiative. 12 classrooms with over 100 students ages 9-18 have now interacted between India, United States, China, Chile and Japan, and many more will in 2019. The Association of School Superintendents (AASA) and STEM Institute are strategic partners, and we are in discussions with Britannica. The overwhelmingly positive results were captured on video, through teacher testimonials, and in previous blogs and e-newsletter updates: learn more here.
In 2019, we will offer registered educators a larger array of dates and times from which to choose. This will increase the likelihood that schools will be able to participate. Due to the large numbers of U.S. schools participating, most opportunities will be domestic. This spring, we will also work to build a feasible schedule of opportunities with schools registered from China, Chile, India, Japan, Canada and New Zealand. Wish us luck! There are inherent challenges in overcoming the vast differences in time zone, cultural norms, video communications systems, school day and time availabilities. Thank you for your patience. We hope that many more schools will be able to interact in 2019.
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Three Reasons Non-Urban School Districts Need to Increase Cultural Competence and Learn the Positives of Globalization
It’s that time again when the calendar flips, we evaluate the past and plan for the future. The school year in the U.S. follows a different cycle, and regular evaluation and reevaluation in school districts must happen year round; this includes undergoing professional development.
In 2018, I had the privilege to deliver the keynote address for several district-wide convocations. I tend to focus on national and global conferences but was reminded that significant change often happens at the grassroots level, perhaps now more than ever. I began to embrace the opportunity to interact with teachers directly—they are the face of education and, if empowered to do so, have the greatest gift to offer society.
My concern in speaking at convocations for non-urban, small, and especially rural districts was that my messages of the need for greater cultural competence and the positives of globalization might be perceived as irrelevant to them. However, as I became more familiar with these local communities, I was struck by how culturally diverse many are. For example, Harrisonburg, Virginia has a rapidly changing and diverse population due to refugee resettlements (http://www.wmra.org/topic/refugees-virginia#stream/0), and there are many others that may seem homogeneous but actually have or will have a high degree of cultural diversity that needs to be included in education strategy and planning.
“Britannica partners with education trendsetter Ravi Hutheesing”
I’m honored to be partnering with Britannica in a number of different capacities. They co-sponsored my recent IB events recapped in this newsletter, and we are currently planning more sponsored events for 2019. If you are interested in hiring me for a keynote and would like your event to be considered for partial funding by Britannica, please reply to this email and we will get the conversation started. Meanwhile, you can learn more about Britannica Digital Learning and Ravi here: https://britannicalearn.com/news/britannica-partners-with-education-trendsetter-ravi-hutheesing/