Episode #121. Saturday October 22, 2022, 4:30 pm Eastern
School reform and innovation is never easy. In this episode of Silver Lining for Learning, we will meet with Vicky Colbert, a sociologist from Columbia, South America. She is co-author of the worldwide renowned Escuela Nueva model that was designed over 30 years ago. Escuela Nueva is Spanish for “new school” and represents an education model that originated in Columbia and now operates in over 16 countries spanning the globe. Escuela Nueva is a progressive education model that emphasizes learner understanding over memorization. It also attempts to foster the development of interpersonal skills. Importantly, instead of a lecture-based approach, it employs a child-centered pedagogy with extensive collaborative learning. In an Escuela Nueva school, students learn independently and at their own pace. Studies show that it improves literacy and numeracy among disadvantaged youth while encouraging the development of active and reflexive learning as well as self-esteem, creativity, and civic and democratic values. The skills fostered by an Escuela Nueva school are meant to help graduates flourish and quickly adapt to the challenges and possibilities brought by the increasing technological world around them. Attend this session and learn about more of the results of this method and perhaps rethink aspects of your vision of effective schools and schooling.
More about our guest after the video.
Laureate of the first edition of the Yidan Prize for Education Development (2017) and 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, Vicky Colbert is founder and director of Fundación Escuela Nueva. Colbert is a Sociologist from Javeriana University in Colombia and pursued her graduate studies in Sociology of Education at Stanford University in the United States. In 2015, the American University of Nigeria distinguished her with an Honoris Causa Doctorate in Philosophy.
She is co-author of the worldwide renowned Escuela Nueva model and was its first National Coordinator. Colbert has pioneered, expanded and sustained this educational innovation from many organizational spheres: as Viceminister of Education of Colombia, UNICEF´s Education Adviser for LAC and now from Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN), an NGO she founded to ensure its quality, sustainability and innovation.
She has been recognized with several awards and distinctions in the fields of leadership and social entrepreneurship, such as the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Clinton Global Citizenship Award and the Kravis Prize. She has also been recognized as Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation, Ashoka and the World Technology Network.
She is co-author of the worldwide renowned Escuela Nueva model. Colbert has pioneered, expanded and sustained this educational innovation from many organizational spheres: as Escuela Nueva first National Coordinator in the Ministry of Education. Many awards for Social Entrepreneurship.
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