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To introduce our Global Education Summit speakers to you, we asked them share with us what makes them proud as a global educator, what transforming education means to them, and how their work has changed in the past year. 

For more than 37 years, Garfield Gini-Newman has been a global educator who is proudest in his work when he’s connecting youth and empowering them as agents of change, and addressing issues or inequity to move towards a world where all children have access to high quality education.  

To him, transforming global education means changing education from being about compliance and replication, to becoming a truly transformative space where children willingly engage in learning as critical, thoughtful innovators.  

In the last year, his work has changed in positive ways. He says: “I’ve had the opportunity to leverage technology to connect youth around the world in global inquiries, and had the opportunity to collaboratively plan units of sustained critical inquiry with teachers from Korea, Poland, Prague, Peru, Columbia and across Canada.” 

About his work 

An Associate Professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at University of Toronto, Garfield explores how to teach through sustained critical inquiry while nurturing deep conceptual understanding and genuine competence. Garfield has worked with thousands of teachers across grades and subjects, helping them to frame learning around engaging and provocative activities and rich, authentic assessments.  

Currently, Garfield is engaged with schools across Canada, in South America, and in Europe. Over the past two decades request for Garfield’s services have taken him from Asia to the Middle East, Europe, the Caribbean and across North America. His interest in effective teaching and learning has led him to actively explore the challenges and opportunities presented by teaching and learning in the digital age. In addition to his work at the University of Toronto and delivering workshops, Garfield has also authored several articles, chapters in books and seven textbooks, and has taught in the faculties of education at York University and the University of British Columbia. His most recent book co-authored with Roland Case, Creating Thinking Classrooms has received widespread praise from leading educators across Canada and internationally. 

Hear Garfield speak at the Global Education Summit 

Listen to Garfield’s insights as a panelist for: Implementing Higher Order Thinking Skill Development through Curriculum and Teacher Training from 9:00-9:45 a.m. EST. 

Learn more about Garfield and our other panelists at the Global Education Summit by clicking here. 

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