Our Children, Our World
Learning and the Future of Humanity

Everyone knows the world is changing – but where is it headed and how will that impact our children? How does our understanding of childhood, learning, and school need to evolve in order to prepare children for their future, as opposed to our past?

Join us for a lively public conversation, including two of the country’s foremost leaders on the future of learning, as we explore ways to grow children’s humanity, elevate their capacity, and prepare them to thrive.

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MODERATED BY:
SAM CHALTAIN, Founding partner at 180 Studio

Author. Producer. Filmmaker. Sam’s multi-faceted career includes speechwriting for U.S. Secretaries of Education, writing for Oscar and Grammy Award winning artists, and producing and creating documentary films.

Panel:

Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall
Founding President, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Dr. Marshall founded the nation’s first three-year public residential high school for students academically talented in STEM. She has been a global leader on issues of STEM educational and the future of education, including as President of the largest international educational and curriculum development professional association in the world (ASCD).

Dr. Veronica Boix Mansilla
Principal Investigator, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Veronica leads the IdGlobal Project and the Future of Learning Institute at Project Zero. With a background in cognitive science and human development, her work focuses on preparing children for an increasing complexity and interdependent world. She is the author of “Educating for Global Competence: Preparing our youth to engage the world” (2011) with Tony Jackson.

Two of MB’s own educational leaders, OJ Martí (Head of Lower School) and Gara Field (Director of Global Education), will then join them for a panel discussion and Q&A with audience members. The discussion will be moderated by Sam Chaltain, who is a Founding partner at 180 Studio.

Osvaldo José (OJ) Martí – Head of Lower School, Moses Brown School
OJ Martí was born in the Dominican Republic, OJ went to school in Pawtucket before earning a degree in business management on a full academic and leadership scholarship at Providence College. He then earned a master’s in education at the University of Pennsylvania while teaching math in Philadelphia, and joined the teacher development team at Teach for America. OJ came back to his roots to manage the Teacher Leadership development program in Rhode Island and in that role, he co-founded the Latino Instructional Coaches National Network and then became the founding principal at Middle School 2 of Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy in Central Falls, RI. He continues to work for the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity as a facilitator and coach. OJ joined the MB Community in July, 2018.

Dr. Gara Field – Director of Global Education, Moses Brown School
Dr. Gara Field holds a B.A. (Mass Communication) and M.A. (Intercultural Communication) from the University of Hartford, an M.Ed. (School Leadership) from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. (Educational Psychology, Curriculum, and Instruction) from the University of Connecticut. An acclaimed and innovative educator with deep experience working with children and faculty at all levels, Field came to MB from Pleasant View Elementary School in the Manton neighborhood of Providence, where she was principal since 2011. Gara was named Providence’s Elementary Principal of the Year in 2013, and is a well-published and nationally-recognized scholar whose work has been featured by PBS News Hour. A specialist in blended and gifted learning, Field was invited in 2014 to speak at the White House about her work. She also has been a professor of educational psychology at the University of Georgia, a teacher and administrator at New Hampton School (New Hampshire) and Pace Academy (Georgia), and an instructor for Outward Bound in Minnesota. At MB since 2016, Gara is responsible for coordinating and accelerating the vision for global education articulated in the school’s strategic plan and served as Interim Head of the Upper School for the 2018-2019 school year.

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