Humphreys University Takes its Place on the International Stage
By Michele Williams-George
Humphreys University and its Center for Innovative Teaching which houses the multiple subject teaching credential program have become an Academic Partner to the International Conference in Education (ICEDU). These annual conferences are sponsored by the International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) and bring together academicians, practitioners, universities, and educational experts on a global platform to discuss different aspects of the future of education.
I, as the Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching (CIT), was invited to attend a previous year’s conference, as was Matthew Williams-George, CIT faculty and CEO of ABLE Charter Schools. We were invited to present our recent research. We joined participants from 35 different countries to share knowledge, talk about common issues, and contribute to a global conversation about education. As a result of that conference, Humphreys University was invited to be an Academic Partner with TIIKM and help shape future ICEDU conferences.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Educational Innovations: The Future of Education”. I participated as a panelist on an open forum discussing the Integration of Technology in Education and moderated a round table discussion on Developing a School Culture that Fosters Academic Achievement. Matthew was a plenary speaker and also moderated a round table discussion on Influencing Policy Makers About Educational Issues. Alongside academicians from around the world, both of us evaluated research presentations for students and professors wanting to publish in an international journal. I also worked 1:1 with several students to improve their dissertations. As an added part of the partnership with ICEDU, Humphreys University sponsors two up and coming researchers each year by paying for their registration and entrance to the conference.
The amazing thing about these conferences is the culture of openness and collaboration which permeates all discussions whether in the conference context or over a meal. People come from all over the world and even from countries that are at war with each other but the common belief in education as a positive, societal change-maker transcends geopolitics and creates an alliance among individuals.
Next year’s conference will be in Bangkok, Thailand. I don’t know the theme but I l look forward to engaging as both an organizer and a participant.