Wharton QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2016

About Reimagine Education

Reimagine Education is an annual, Philadelphia-based event, that is co-hosted by Wharton, The SEI Center, and QS (Quacquerelli Symonds). The event is convened on the premise that ‘educational theories, practices, and policies have always operated in a state of flux, and have always been subject to critique and development’. The event organizers seek to provide a platform ‘whereby academics, educational entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, and policy-makers can unite to ensure that the world’s tertiary education system is preparing its students for the economy, society, and challenges of the future’.


I had the honour to present The Bootstrapping Checklist at the Reimagine Education Awards in Philadelphia on December 5, 2016. The Checklist was Shortlisted in the Teaching Delivery Category, and is the result of over 10 years of research and experimentation in the classroom, and I have a host of people to thank for their support and patience, especially my wife and my family and friends, and Kristan Uccello, Salar Chagpar of Prepr.org, CTO of Stanford University Dr. Paul Kim, TDSB CTO Peter Singh, Marc Lijour, Cindy van Wonderen, and many others, and most especially the kids at Robert Service Sr PS.

It is no secret that public education has slowly and systematically been eroded in the United States for at least the past 30 years, and both the public and private sector will be vying for a slice of the ever-growing global ‘EdTech Pie’ – automate education to solve the 25 million 2030 global teacher shortage, or also invest in public education globally to ensure that technology facilitates our human connection by training and supporting teachers to be innovative and entrepreneurial.

As an advocate for social and open innovation, and the arts and entrepreneurial education in our classrooms, I do believe that the public and private sectors have critically everything to offer each other if we are to solve the many problems facing our global community now and into the future.

I want to thank the The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, QS Top Universities, and the organizers of the 2016 Reimagine Education Awards for inviting a Canadian public school teacher to represent the new innovative spirit taking place in our local and global teaching profession, and I look forward to further engaging the global educational ecosystem as we move into a new world where automation will coexist and complement a healthy and vibrant physically and remotely connected global learning community.

And thanks Jack Hammond – it is indeed ‘an uncommon revolution”.

Here you can watch the 2 minute video prepared for the Wharton QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2016 in Philadelphia.

*video credit Erin Pallett, TDSB

More details about the program are available here:


The Bootstrapping Checklist was presented on December 5, 2016 in Philadelphia at the Reimagine Education Awards and exists in the Creative Commons as an open innovation project.

Special thanks to Kristan Uccello, Dr. Paul Kim CTO of GSE at Stanford, CTO at TDSB Peter Singh, and Salar Chagpar and Marc Lijour at Prepr.org


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