From November 19-21, 20 representatives of the Teach For All network gathered in Doha, Qatar to attend the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE Summit), a biennial global gathering where more than 3,000 educators, decision-makers, and influential experts from the public and private sectors from over 100 countries share insights and learnings around transforming education through innovation. Network attendees included CEOs, staff, and alumni of Teach For All partner organizations, as well as staff members of Teach For All’s global organization.
Kaya Henderson, Head of Community Impact at Teach For All’s Global Learning Lab, was invited to present the initial findings from the Community Impact Lab’s first year of work. Kaya emphasized that while community impact may look different in different contexts, partners who are most successful recognize that “working with communities is not another part of their work, it is their work.”
Henry May, a Teach First alumnus, was invited to share lessons learned from his experience developing and launching CoSchool, an educational startup in Colombia that today focuses on training teachers to bring about systemic impact through cultivating the social-emotional skills of their students. In his talk, he highlighted the importance of putting humanity, relationships, and self-awareness at the center of education, especially in vulnerable contexts.