Keynote Speakers

Alan November. November Learning (USA)

Transformational Six

Alan November

What is the unique added value of technology to transform learning? This presentation offers 6 questions educators can ask as a gauge for moving beyond technology as a “$1,000 pencil”. The questions are:

1. Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?
2. Did the assignment develop new lines of inquiry?
3. Are there opportunities to make student thinking visible?
4. Are there opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?
5. Is there an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)?
6. Do students own their learning?
The presentation will provide examples of how to answer yes to each of these questions.

About Alan November

Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, Mass, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology. Audiences enjoy Alan's humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada, and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America. Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007 he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden. His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. In June of 2012, Alan released his latest book “Who Owns the Learning?”. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

Safeena Husain. Educate Girls (India)

Role of a non-state player in improving public education

Safeena Husain

With over 200 million illiterate women and over 3 million eligible yet out of school girls, India is the epicentre of gender gap in education. The Government has invested billions of dollars in universalizing primary education, and despite this, there are under-served, marginalized geographies in India where girls are deprived of education.

Educate Girls - a non-state player in the public education space in India works closely with the state, lobbies the communities, improves the functioning and governance of public schools, in order to ensure that more girls are enrolled in schools, their attendance is maintained and their learning outcomes are improved.

With a programmatic presence in over 4,600 villages and over 8,000 schools, Educate Girls' codified, sustainable program model has enrolled over 100,000 girls in formal schools and has directly benefited over 2.8 million children.

Safeena Husain will exemplify how a non-state player (Educate Girls) plays a vital catalytic role in improving the public education space for the most marginalized girls in India.

About Safeena Husain

Safeena Husain is the Founder and Executive Director at Educate Girls – a non-profit organisation that aims at tackling issues at the root cause of gender inequality in India’s education system.
After graduating from the London School of Economics, Safeena spent 15 years working with grassroots projects in Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, South Africa & Asia. In India, Safeena chose the agenda closest to her heart – girls’ education. Safeena together with a local team, conducted a 50- school project in Pali district, Rajasthan. Post its successful test phase, Safeena established Educate Girls as an NGO in 2007.
With focus on enrollment, retention and learning, in the last seven years, Educate Girls has metamorphosed into an 8,500 schools program where over 390,000 children have demonstrated improved learning outcomes while there have been over 2.8 million total beneficiaries of its programmatic interventions.
Safeena’s efforts to bridge the gender gap in education in India have been widely recognized. Under her leadership, Educate Girls has received the prestigious 2015 Skoll Award, 2014 WISE Awards, the 2014 USAID Millennium Alliance Award and the 2014 Stars Impact Awards and the India Development Marketplace Award in 2011 from the World Bank. Moreover, in 2013, she received the British Asian Trust’s Special Recognition Award from HRH Prince Charles for outstanding contribution in education.