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innovation in education and governance

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Mektory, Garage48, Negavatt and more!

I am excited to be visiting Estonia this February. There is a lot I have been meaning to write about for a long time, so I hope the time spent there will give me a chance to reflect and do some research. I am going to visit some start-up incubators and hopefully the recently opened Mektory i-lab at Tallinn Univeristy of Technology. I have been thinking about setting up an international action research project for some time – the Bradford-Leeds city region could be potential partner. There are already some links, most surprising perhaps was to find out one of our professors works with TUT and Ukraine on i-labs and we are facilitating an i-labs sesson for a group next week. I guess there is a long way to go though. For now, I am just curious and want to learn as much as I can. Meet people. Listen. Share ideas.

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Mäetaguse kool – a role model for others

This is going to be a short post. I just wanted to record an article I read a couple of months ago about a school called Mäetaguse. The article, published in the teachers’ paper called Õpetajate Leht, was like music to my years.

The school seems to be doing so many things right from paying higher wages to teachers to enabling and encouraging some hardcore innovation in learning and teaching. Perhaps most notable is the huge emphasis on connecting disciplines to allow the development of a holistic worldview and more creativity. The teachers are happy, the children and parents are happy.

Of course, there is money involved but I believe this is exactly the kind of investment that pays off in the long term. Well done!