Empowering the Next Generation to Flourish: Reimagining early elementary education
Presentation: Reimagining early elementary education
Friday, Oct. 20 at 5:30 p.m. — Iowa City Public Library | View Schedule
Featuring Janet Hilary and Chuck Peters
The ongoing negation of the human spirit is a global tragedy. The world needs more people who feel able to express themselves and fully participate in their communities. Our educational institutions have an opportunity to empower the next generation to flourish. However, as we know well in Iowa, teachers and administrators are pulled in many directions, budgets are shrinking, and making change in and to our educational system is a difficult process that requires individual and institutional transformation.
Educational leader Janet Hilary is successfully transforming the UK’s educational system through a radical re-design of the reading curriculum and school leadership of primary schools in Inner London. Her work aims to empower the next generation to live the good life by expressing themselves, taking risks, exploring creativity and embracing the exciting unknown. Chuck Peters, a longtime Iowa Creative Corridor business and community leader, is building a bridge between Hilary’s work and our area elementary schools. This special Witching Hour session will include a short documentary (dir. Chuck Peters) about Janet’s work, a presentation from Janet on her approach to reading education and school leadership, and a discussion with four local elementary school principals who are working to adopt her methods in Iowa’s Creative Corridor.
About Janet Hilary:
Janet Hilary is the CEO of Floreat Education Academies Trust and a National Leader of Education in the UK. She has been a school principal for twenty years and has led two outstanding Inner London schools. Janet is passionate about resiliency and moral purpose in school leadership. She has developed transformational system leadership across groups of schools and academy trusts. Janet is a Chartered Urban Leader and an executive coach. She spent time in Iowa in Autumn 2016, strengthening school leadership in five elementary schools with a focus on accountability.