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Past Activities

Oct 5 - Oct 29, 2020

J-WEL Connections: Oct 2020

The world is at a critical point: learning is being reimagined across all dimensions of society, and retaining the status quo is a risk. 

Organized by Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL), this month-long virtual event leveraging J-WEL’s global community and convening power on the theme “Activating the Ecosystem to Reimagine Education.” Participants around the world collectively learnt about and worked towards addressing opportunities of urgent relevance across pK-12, higher education, and workforce learning.

Sep 8, 2020

"Leadership Discussion with Parker School" Event

What happens when a school’s systems and structures possess the durability to advance students’ learning even in pandemic conditions? 

Students and educators of the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School (Parker) in Devens, M.A., thrived during remote learning. In this virtual workshop led by Colleen Meaney, Director of Teachers Center at Parker, participants learnt about the systems in place, how they function to support adults and students, where families fit in, successful internal and external school communication patterns, and what was learned and strengthened for the coming school year.

Oct 30, 2020

Joint-School Teacher Development Day 2020

The  virtual Joint-School Teacher Development Day 2020 aimed to create a safe and brave space to explore the theme of “Change and Constancy”.

We had an exciting line-up of keynote and workshop speakers that offered insights on a wide range of topics including problem-based learning, and social-emotional learning.

400+ teachers participated in this event, including all teachers at the HKCCCU Logos Academy, Marymount Secondary School, St. Paul’s College, St. Stephen Girls’ College as well as some teachers from CEL’s Partner Schools.


June 2, 2020

Principal Roundtable Convening

In this Principal Roundtable convening with school leaders from our 6 Partner Schools, we focused our time on deeply reflecting on the learnings & implications of the recent COVID turmoils, as well as discussed the upcoming CEL initiatives (e.g. upcoming MIT J-WEL Week & Exchange).

Nov 17, 2020

“Envisioning Innovation in Education” (EIE) Study: Program Launch

Led by Edward Clapp and Lynneth Solis from Project Zero, educators and principals from the 11 participating schools came together for the Program Launch of the “Envisioning Innovation in Education” (EIE) Study.

This served as a great opportunity for participants to get to know each other, review the purpose & approach of this three-year Study, as well as kick-off the first Envision phase of the Study. Most importantly, the joy of learning was apparent as the room was filled with laughter and vibrant discussions.

Dec 2, 2020

Principal Roundtable Convening

In this Principal Roundtable convening with school leaders from our 6 Partner Schools, the CEL team shared updates on our various initiatives. We also facilitated discussions on how the positive changes led by the pandemic can be sustained in schools, and brainstormed about a new strategic leadership program.

Apr 29, 2020

Online Workshop with John Spencer: Increasing Student Engagement in Virtual Learning

Student engagement is vital for learning, but how do we do this in a virtual classroom? In this interactive online workshop led by John Spencer, participants explored a framework for designing engaging virtual lessons. They also learned about practical strategies for designing engaging virtual lessons, as well as protocols to assess and enhance engagement levels.

Mar 30 - May 13, 2020

J-WEL Connections: Apr 2020

Organized by Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL), J-WEL Connections 2020 is a virtual month-long exploration of the frontiers of education transformation worldwide.

With the theme “Leading Education Transformation”, the program sought to bring educators from around the world together into sessions that address global citizenship and collective well-being, as well as curriculum design to co-create better futures.

Embedded in this is the “Designing Learning Experience”, where educators were supported to design activities and curricula inspired by MIT’s approach to learning, e.g. Beyond Rubrics, Blended Learning and more.

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