TTT 023 : A Discussion about Efficient Learning for the Poor and Languages with Helen Abadzi
06 June 2016
Dr. Helen Abadzi is a Greek psychologist and polyglot who has attained at least an intermediate-level knowledge of 19 languages. Her linguistic competencies have shaped her career and enabled her to better access and understand the educational systems in the developing countries in which she has worked. Her focus has been largely centered on improving outcomes for marginalized students in developing countries. She has spent 27 years as a Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank. During her long career, she has produced a number of important publications, including the widely cited Efficient Learning for the Poor published in 2006. In more recent years she has become interested in and advocated the importance of automaticity in learning; that is, building a foundation for learning through old-fashioned drill which can then free up the memory for the execution of more complex tasks. Dr. Abadzi currently lectures at the University of Texas at Arlington in the USA.
TTT 016 : A Marketplace for schools to identify programmes for pupils & measure the impact with Nathalie Richards
19 November 2015
Nathalie Richards from London, UK is CEO and co-founder of the London based social enterprise EduKit. This online platform helps schools raise attainment by evaluating the needs of their pupils, then, identifies suitable charity and social enterprise-run programmes to advance their personal development and enrich learning. With more than ten years IT and Project Management experience, as well as a track record of voluntary work in charities, schools, social enterprises and youth groups, Nathalie is perfectly positioned to lead a passionate and talented team at EduKit in exploiting the benefits of modern technology to positively impact the lives of thousands of young people. Furthermore, her technology background, engaging personality and exceptional communication skills mean that she has been able to build meaningful relationships with both providers and schools and help facilitate a connection between the two.
Nathalie has a Master of Science (MSc) in Ethnicity, Policy and Migration, an MBA from the renowned University INSEAD in General Management, Strategy and Media and a BA in Economics and Law. She is a former governor at Beckmead School in Croydon and board member at Generating Genius. She has worked in a management capacity at Apple Inc, uberVU among others. She is also fluent in French and Italian.
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