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Actionable Innovations Global Community Notes

May 20, 2022

Here’s our weekly update with the latest events and resources related to global education and innovation! Please pass along this information to potentially interested friends and colleagues.

We’d love to see you online at some of our upcoming live Actionable Innovations Conversations. Take a look at our terrific lineup of guest speakers below!



We had two fantastic conversations last week, so make sure to watch the recordings! Also, follow all the innovative educators and organizations who have appeared (or will appear on Actionable Innovations Global) on Twitter via this list.

  • Learn about the artful, student-centered teaching approach of English teacher extraordinaire Linda Vasu.
  • Find out about Global Nomads Group’s brilliant youth-centered Content Creation Lab from GNG’s CEO, Courtney Welsh. Learn about their process for engaging students across the globe in the design of engaging and relevant courses. Click here for the recording.



Actionable Innovations Conversations with OER and PBL Expert Rich Dixon of Hapara

Rich Dixon will join us for an engaging discussion on Open Educational Resources. How might we, as educators, leverage Open Educational Resources to differentiate learning and promote educational equity? We will review this question as we examine the current OER landscape and explore a framework to help differentiate instruction to promote educational equity. This interview will highlight the role that OER plays in helping diversify teaching and learning resources to meet the needs and context of all learners by creating a responsive learning environment in person, remotely, or in a hybrid setting.

Rich Dixon is the Senior Director of Innovation at Hāpara where he focuses on championing the use of OER to help differentiate learning for all students. He is passionate about applying his 25+ years as a teacher, administrator, staff developer, IT director, and curriculum coordinator to promote differentiated learning that addresses educational equity issues. He is a national speaker who has presented on a range of emerging edtech topics, including OER, digital badges, and technology-enhanced pedagogy. Previously, he served as the Director of Professional Learning Services at Lesson Planet, a legacy OER aggregation provider. Most recently, he was the Director of Online Learning at PBLWorks/Buck Institute for Education, where he studied under the National Equity Project to help create professional development that leveraged culturally responsive practices. He has also been a faculty member of the Education Innovation Alliance and a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara.


Actionable Innovations Conversations with Ivan Cestero of Portal Schools

Ivan Cestero, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Portal Schools, will join us on Friday, June 3, at 1 PM CDT (GMT-5). Actionable Innovations Co-Founder don buckley will interview Ivan about Portal Schools and the challenge of unlocking sustainable education and industry collaboration.


Actionable Innovations Conversations with Leigh Cassell of the Digital Human Library

Lucy Gray will interview Canadian Leigh Cassell about her work as a teacher and as an entrepreneur. We will learn more about the Digital Human Library and Leigh’s other projects that support globally connected teaching and learning.


Actionable Innovations Conversations with Asia Society’s Heather Singmaster

On June 24th, we will welcome Heather Singmaster as our featured guest. Heather Singmaster is Director for CTE and GCEN, Center for Global Education at the Asia Society where her work focuses on international best practices and integrating global competence into Career Technical Education (CTE) programs as well as state and national policy. Heather leads the Global Cities Education Network (GCEN), a network of international cities focused on best practice sharing in education. She speaks and writes regularly on global education, including as the former host of Education Week’s Global Learning blog.

Actionable Innovations Global is the former Global Education Conference Network community under a new name and leadership. Follow us on social media, browse our global education resource collections, subscribe to our blog, and review recordings from our weekly Actionable Innovations Conversations.



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Lucy Gray

Lucy Gray

Apple Distinguished Educator Lucy Gray is an educator and consultant. She is also the co-founder of Actionable Innovations Global PLC!