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Rome International School (RIS) pupils and teachers will now benefit from a newly formed Global Advisory Board which features former UK Education Secretary Baroness Estelle Morris.
RIS, established in 1988, joined Globeducate, one of the world's leading K-12 premium bilingual and international schools groups, in 2018. The new Global Advisory Board will work with senior leaders across the group's network of 55 schools and online programmes in nine countries.
Five voluntary members have joined this Board, all leading figures in educational policy, sustainability, technology and curriculum. In addition to Baroness Estelle Morris and renowned educator and author Mick Waters, both from the UK, this team of experts includes award-winning Artificial Intelligence and computer scientist Dr Nuria Oliver from Spain, global school improvement expert Trillium Hibbeln, currently based in Shanghai, and Carlo Giardinetti, based in Switzerland, who will advise on sustainability and net-zero strategies.
“This is a really exciting development for all of the schools in Globeducate but particularly for RIS,” explains Mr Thompson, RIS Head of School, “It sets us apart from other schools in the area. RIS has over 450 students and through membership of Globeducate we have access to resources such as leading experts, global learning communities, international travel between our schools, professional development and leadership programmes, global events for our students, partnerships such as the WWF and involvement in pilot projects such as the LEGO® Education programme in robotics. This new Global Advisory Board will provide a forum for new ideas and for collaboration and ensure that we really are leading the way in innovative education for the 21st-century.”
RIS will be able to count on the support, insights and advice from these leaders in the fields of international education, research, governmental institutions, sustainability and digital technologies. The board members have generously agreed to give their time to Globeducate and its schools on a voluntary basis.
Daniel Jones, Chief Education Officer of Globeducate, said: “This project has been important to us for a long time. Now, in this post-COVID-19 period, we find education is at the heart of recovery and we are delighted to be working with these five leading international figures. I know they are looking forward to visiting our schools, where they will witness first-hand some of the great work that is taking place. We are all excited about where this latest powerful union will take us.”
Global Advisory Board Members
Baroness Estelle Morris
Former Minister of Education, England, and Chair of Institute of Effective Education, Member of the House of Lords. Baroness Morris taught in an inner-city multiracial comprehensive school for 18 years and entered parliament in 1992, leaving in 2005 to be a member of the House of Lords. She is also a trustee of The National Poetry Archive and chairs the Council at Goldsmiths College, London.
Professor Mick Waters
Former Head of the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and renowned educator, author and researcher; former Chief Education Officer for Manchester and current President of the Curriulcum Foundation. Mick began his career in primary teaching and is still often found working with children in classrooms. He is known for pushing the boundaries to improve learning and to make schools better.
Dr Nuria Oliver
Award-winning researcher and Fellow of European Association of Artificial Intelligence; Computer Scientist, Ph.D from Media Lab Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Youngest female member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering and named Engineer of the Year by the Professional Association of Telecommunication Engineers of Spain (PATE), Nuria is an inventor and is passionate about making inspiring young people to pursue careers in technology, and to make technology more accessible to non-technical audiences.
Sustainability Lead Advisor, Deloitte. Dean of Executive Education, Franklin University, Switzerland. Carlo specialises in continuing and executive education, and brings a diverse range of experience – from professional football and hospitality to leadership coaching – to his role. He is currently researching financing net-zero strategies for organisations.
Associate Director for Accreditation and School Improvement for the Commission on International Education at NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges.) In this role, Trillium supports 300 + schools in 82 countries as they seek to transform into learning communities of the future. Trillium founded non-profit organisation, the Power of Education, which operates a KG to grade 9 school and community development program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and is passionate about educational access and quality in developing countries, education in crisis and girl’s education.