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The Importance of Wellbeing for Teachers Globally

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Listen and learn : Panel

Wednesday, December 2, 4:30–5:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Rod Berger  
Lord Jim Knight  
Angela Maiers  
Dr. Esther Wojcicki  

Discussion on the importance of leading teacher wellbeing. Rod Berger will be joined by Lord Jim Knight, from and UK schools minister; by Esther Wojcicki, teacher from Palo Alto and one of the pioneering influencers on Google Classroom; and Angela Maiers from Choose2Matter, leading educator movement for empowerment.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Leadership
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Almost every country in the world faces a shortage of teachers, with UNESCO projecting that there is a global need of an additional 69 million more by 2030 to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. In many countries too many teachers leave the profession after only a few years. As incidence of pupil mental health problems rise, so do problems of teacher wellbeing. This has been enhanced by COVID. Technology can help with use of staff surveying tools, better use of AI to reduce workload and new pedagogy to empower learners. Technology can also be used irresponsibly through cyber bullying, sexting and other abuses. Well led schools use these tools for good and minimise the harm.


Rod Berger is an experienced facilitator at countless education conference and in education media. The discussion will explore the global evidence on how technology is being used to help leaders deal with this problem; it will explore the importance of empowerment, trust and collaboration between teaching professionals and with learners, and the impact of COVID on this agenda.

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Lord Jim Knight, Tes Global

Jim Knight works in education, medtech and as a legislator. He’s the chief education and external officer at Tes Global Ltd., a news, training, jobs and resource sharing service for teachers, where he’s responsible for Tes resources, communications and public affairs. He founded Tes Institute in 2014, which is now the fifth largest qualifier of teachers in England. Knight is also a founder of XRapid, an innovative business that uses artificial intelligence to power the diagnosis of malaria and asbestos fibres using iPhones. As a UK government minister, his portfolio includes rural affairs, schools, digital and employment. He was a member of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet from 2009-2010, before joining the House of Lords after the 2010 general election. He’s also a visiting professor at the Knowledge Lab of the UCL Institute of Education and chair of Whole Education.

Angela Maiers, Choose2Matter

Leader. Visionary. Entrepreneur. Disruptor. Change-maker. Angela Maiers embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching at every level, from grade school to graduate school, and consulting with companies around the world. Maiers founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. Initially launched to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that supports parents, educators and employees around the world. Her work in 60,000 classrooms across 100 countries has rallied more than a million children who have banded together to launch 170 social enterprises and pass 17 laws. Maiers holds a bachelor’s degree in education and master’s degrees in literacy and education leadership. She’s the author of eight books, including Liberating Genius,The Habitudes and The Passion Driven Classroom. Maiers is recognized as an influential voice on social media, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

Dr. Esther Wojcicki,

Esther Wojcicki is famous for three things: teaching a high school class that has changed the lives of thousands of kids, inspiring Silicon Valley legends like Steve Jobs, and raising three daughters who have each become famously successful. What do these three accomplishments have in common? They are the result of TRICK, Esther’s secret to raising successful people: Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness. Simple lessons, but the results are radical. She is the author of best seller How to Raise Successful People (May, 2019); co founder of (2020) an innovative way to empower students

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