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About the webinar

Education Exchange: Embedding resilience. This free webinar will be held on 26 January 2022 at 16:00 GMT.

At the beginning of the pandemic, we didn’t know how long it would last and how long we’d need to have alternative education provision in place.  In this webinar, we consider what previously new things are now commonplace in how we deliver education?  How are schools in different contexts continuing to respond to the challenges of Covid, whilst ensuring children have optimal learning experiences? How have we adapted to become more resilient to future shocks, and what lessons have been learned? 


About the panel

This is a panel event, with speakers from around the world, followed by questions from the audience.

We will hear from former Education Exchange panellists, as they reflect on and celebrate the resilience shown by their school communities.

  • Are schools now more resilient than ever?
  • How well have lessons been learned in schools to be able to respond to future shocks (like a pandemic)?
  • Have there been any positive lasting changes in schools?

Deepali Dharmaraj is an Assistant Director- Academic with over ten years of experience in teacher professional development. She specialises in project design and academic quality assurance. Her interests are in self-directed learning, EdTech, public policy and instructional design. She believes in lifelong learning and the power of collaborative communities of practice.  

Deepali has a master’s in Sociology, and diplomas in teaching English and in advertising and public relations. Deepali, British Council Mumbai, will chair the event.

Christina Tettonis is Superintendent of The Hellenic Classical Charter Schools (HCCS) , located in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. The Schools provide students grades Pre-Kindergarten to the 8th Grade a rigorous, standards-based education, enhanced with the study of the Greek and Latin languages. Under Christina's leadership, the New York State Education Department designated HCCS Brooklyn a National Blue Ribbon School in 2019. Her school exceeds New York State targets for student achievement, rigorous instruction, collaborative teachers, supportive environment, effective school leadership, strong family-community ties and trust. 

At the start of the pandemic, in the face of unprecedented challenges, Christina’s team, along with the guidance of government and public health professionals, successfully developed a reopening plan . A year on, Christina will reflect on what lessons have been learned

Kemasuode Ebiasuode Bright is a 21st century problem solver, a teens coach, an educator and a creative thinker. He is a graduate of Madonna University, he holds a bachelor’s of Science in Human Physiology. He is passionate about working with a team of individuals to bring about social change and transform the lives of those around him positively. 

Kemasuode Ebiasuode Bright is an Alumnus of Teach for Nigeria, and currently a Coach. He focuses on building the academic and Non-academic outcomes of pupils in Nigeria’s underserved schools in low income communities, through leading and supporting young graduates to eliminate educational inequity. 

Bright has won numerous awards, in 2020 his outstanding and phenomenal works were shared on different Nigerian daily’s, were he translated the WHO covid-19 safety rules into different Nigerian languages, he also went further to collaborate with Imams and Pastors, using the public address systems of their religious houses to broadcast lessons to learners, in order to ensure that learning continued during the covid-19 lock down.

From Moldova: Tatiana Popa , English and Global Perspectives teacher, Head of Global Education and Hybrid Learning Coordinator at Heritage International School Moldova, eTwinning Ambassador in Moldova. Last autumn Tatiana won the Global Teacher Award 2021.

Tatiana will share how the pandemic has changed the way teaching and learning takes place at Heritage International School. They have moved from distance learning in the lockdown of 2020 to a hybrid learning environment, in order to continue to deliver education in an insecure world.

Tatiana will share how resilience has been built during the two years of Covid19 pandemic at the Heritage community, in teachers, students and parents.


From the UK: Jonathan Dando is the Director of School Support & External Relations at Oak National Academy, an online classroom and teacher resource hub. He will share how educators can make use of Oak’s 10,000 free online lessons, and the story of how it was initially created in a matter of weeks in response to the pandemic.