VIDEO: The Role of Teachers As Leaders and Innovators - A Discussion


featuring Jean Stiles, Dustin Bajer and Andy Hargreaves

Jean Stiles moderates a wide-ranging discussion about the role of teachers as leaders and innovators, both in and out of the classroom.

Dustin Bajer is a teacher, master gardener, and permaculture designer, and the founder of  JP Permaculture program at Jasper Place High School.  Dustin has integrated permaculture into his approach to teaching and into the curriculum he teaches.  A recent project that garnered interest in the education world involved having his students build a food forest, while incorporating subject matter from math, chemistry, biology, design, and social studies. 

Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The mission of the Chair is to promote social justice and connect theory and practice in education.  As a world-renowned researcher,  writer,  consultant and  adviser, Andy has addressed international organizations such as the World Bank, OECD (the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), UNESCO, the Soros Foundation, the European Union, the International Baccalaureate, the International Congress of Principals, the European School Heads Association, the Universities of Latin America, and the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement.  Andy has delivered invited addresses and provided staff development in 37 US states, 42 countries and all Australian states and Canadian provinces.

Jean Stiles is the principal at Jasper Place High School, in Edmonton. An innovative and inspiring educator for 23 years, Stiles has taught and been a principal at the elementary, junior and senior high school levels.  In 2007, Stiles earned the highly competitive award of “Canada’s Most Outstanding Principals.”  She is also the recipient of the Learning Partnership’s National Award. In recognition of her many contributions to education, Jean was inducted into Canada’s National Principal Academy in 2007.