Collaboration Competition Event

We’re excited to introduce a new opportunity for collaboration to Global Innovative Educators. The goal of the event is to allow educators with a multitude of backgrounds and current scenarios to work together to solve real-world problems in the classroom and school community.

We’ll host this event:
on Saturday April 21st
from 10am-noon
at Art+798.

A pin location will be given to those who sign up in a WeChat group.

Step 1: Tell Us Your Problems

Before the event, educators and administration, whether attending the event or not, can send in anonymous cases of issues they experience in their classroom and school community. Even if you’ve already solved your own personal issue, if the problem might have been difficult for others too, it could be useful for you to share. The volunteers at Global Innovative Educators will then pick an issue that is highlighted by the majority of educators or is the most detailed in scenario.

(If there is any sensitive information, we’ll change it if we use it as a case study. Also, we suggest using an email address that doesn’t clearly include your full name or school for anonymity.)

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Step 2: Sign up.

There are only 30 spots and if you bail at the last minute, we might financially penalize you. (Just kidding… kind of.)

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Step 3: Show up. Team up.

On the day of the event, the educators attending will be split up into teams to review the curated anonymous issue or scenario. The educator teams will then collaborate together to present potential solutions to the scenario. Teams can use their laptops and phones, along with any other tools they happen to have access to, to research and develop their solutions. Once each team decides on their solution within the time limit, they will turn in their solution to the event coordinator.

Step 4: Show off.

Each team will then have a chance to present their solution to the rest of the attending teams. After every team has had a chance to present, all attendance will vote on which solution was the best. Another vote will be taken for which team did the best in delivering their solution as a collaborative team in a format that was easily digested.

Step 5: Gloat.

We’re not making promises, but there could be a bit of surprise gift for the winning teams.

At the very least, they’ll get bragging rights.

If you’d like to join our WeChat groups of over 600 educators across China and the world, scan the QR code below to be added. 

Vanessa Jencks founded Global Innovative Educators to connect passionate educators and community members. She is the former managing editor of beijingkids magazine; see her previous work here. She is also the founder of ChinaFamilyBlog

WeChat: vanessajencks

Picture: Greg Dunlap

A Taste of Competency-Based Training for Childcare Practitioners

Join us for the first Global Innovative Educators event of the year. Scroll down for sign up.

Space is limited! Childcare provided, but parents must RSVP. 

Sign Up Below! 

When: Saturday, March 17th, from 9am to 11am.

Where: Hyde Academy, No. 9, An Fu St, Hou Sha Yu, Shunyi 顺义区后沙峪安富街9号

Who: Lead by Zhiwen Tan, CEO of Childfolio

Why: From ayis to ESL kindergarten teachers, childcare providers are often undertrained and yet are put in charge of the most precious people within our society.

Childfolio in cooperation with John Hopkins University has created Transformational Learning for Child Care  (TLC2) which seeks to change the way ECE teachers and staff learn and demonstrate their professional skill for the young learner’s classroom. Come see how competency-based training would work in action with a practitioner-and-tech-based focus.

Best Audience: Kindergarten and Early Childhood Education Teachers, Kindergarten Classroom Support Staff, Teacher Trainers, School Administration, Professional Development Coordinators, and Curriculum Developers.


TLC2 in Zhiwen Tan’s words:
“Practitioner-centric in design, the Transformational Learning for Child Care (TLC2) program accommodates multiple pathways that encourage lifelong learning and achievement aimed at building the capacity of the child care workforce. It combines micro-learning with gamification to match the time available for learning with the engagement power of gaming apps, as well as collaboration through coaching by trained professionals and peer forums. Watching short videos or “tasks” and passing short quizzes to earn “badges” or “micro-credentials” result in completion of “pathways” that lead to Continuing Education Units (CEUs). From there a provider could go on to get professionally certified and increase their earnings while improving the learning and other outcomes for children and families. The future of TLC2 will be paved to go from professional certificates to degrees at major universities in the future like our partner, Johns Hopkins University, if desired.

Various points of entry and completion within the program’s design add flexibility and opportunities for learners to decide on a commitment that aligns with their life goals, professional needs, and demands of their personal and professional lives. Recommended sequences and pathways are provided for learners who are unsure of where to begin or how to engage with the content. Similarly, advancing technology with adaptive learning elements are integrated to create experiences that guide learners along pathways.”


If you’d like to join our WeChat groups of over 600 educators across China and the world, scan the QR code below to be added. 


Photos: Zhiwen Tan