A belated Happy New Year. January’s ice and February’s snow have done their best to slow us down but the wheels at the Carey Institute for Global Good keep churning.
I’m thrilled at the progress Dr. Diana Woolis has been making with our Center for Learning in Practice. We know that up to 80% of professional learning fails to achieve its desired impact as it often fails to consider how our brains learn. With Dr. Woolis at the helm, we intend to be a leader in the design of professional learning practice and policy, which measurably improves performance, outcomes and impact. Whilst looking across various sectors of professional learning, we’ll be focusing on teachers to begin. With an estimated 69 million new teachers needed globally by 2030, we believe the Center has the potential to play a significant role in the recruitment, training and retention of qualified teachers. In my previous 20 years working on child rights in the developing world, I have seen firsthand the devastating impact interruption to education systems can have on the child, their family, community and society as a whole. Every child in the world has a right to quality education. The Center for Learning in Practice will support teachers and care-givers to provide the best possible learning outcomes for their students.
We have recently welcomed the latest class of fellows to our Logan Nonfiction Program. Under the stewardship of program director, Tom Jennings, we continue to see the program thrive in terms of the quality of the work being produced and the diversity of subjects and fellows producing that work. Our talented and accomplished fellows come from as far away as New Zealand and as close to home as Brooklyn, and are working on subjects ranging from Iraqi oil, justice entrepreneurs in Latin America, the dangers of working in the waste industry in the United States, terrorism and detention, child development, celebrity chefs and more.
In Sustainable Communities, we soon expect to go live with Source NY, our online platform to connect farmers, craft beverage producers and other industry service providers across New York State. Under the guidance of Rebecca Platel, Source NY will provide users with a customized supply chain mapping and business-to-business marketing tool to facilitate farmer-craft beverage producer connectivity. We expect to go live in the next month and currently have over 160 participant organizations registered on the platform which will help connect the $450 million dollar craft beverage industry in the state.
As you can see it’s been a busy start to 2017.