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Bring Common Sense back to Education: From a Global Perspective

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Time and Location

Thursday, 07/05/2018
Registration:   6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Talk and Q&A:   7:00 pm - 9:10 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

Registration and Fees

Ticket:RMB 199
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The Event

In an increasingly interconnected world, school still exists as an isolated island that falls behind the latest trends. The development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) means that AI has taken over more and more jobs that only humans were competent to carry out before. However, education, a field that is supposed to cultivate people and give meaning to lives, has been anxiety-ridden and lacking in vision.

How can we drive innovation in education, in order to nurture engaged, empowered and empathetic individuals with the strength of character and voice to cope with future challenges and make a difference in the world?

Since the founding of the ETU School in 2016, we have been dedicated to offer whole-person education, in hopes of bringing back the essence of education. Along the journey of building a school for the future, we are fortunate to meet many educators at the forefront of innovation. Although innovation comes in different forms, these innovations have centered on certain core values, including love and understanding of children, the belief in inspiring intrinsic motivation for learning, and the relentless pursuit of bringing common sense back to education, whether in China, the U.S. or Finland.

On July 5th, we are honored to convene pioneers in education innovation from China and the U.S. to ETU's approach to education by in both China and the U.S., and to discuss how we can "Bring Common Sense Back to Education: From A Global Perspective."


The language of the event will be English and Chinese.

The Speakers

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Yinuo Li
Co-founder of ETU Education, China Head of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

As co-founder of ETU Education, Yinuo is also the China head for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and was a partner at McKinsey & Company in both Beijing and Palo Alto. Yinuo and her husband run an influential social media account covering a wide range of social issues in China, which has almost 860,000 followers. Yinuo also serves on the Rhodes Scholarship's committee, as well as the Academic Advisory Committee of the Schwartzman Scholars Program at Tsinghua University.

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Jingjing Xu
Board Chair, Co-Founder & CEO of ETU INC. U.S.

As a member of the Board of Directors of Palo Alto Partners in Education (PIE), Jingjing is the Director of Development, Leadership Circle & Community. Jingjing holds a MS of Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Cruz. She has always been passionate about education and community. She focuses on cultivating a lifelong passion for learning and providing children with the skills they will need to thrive in the innovation economy.

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Chris Bezsylko
Head of Imagination School

Chris is a lifelong learner and an experienced school leader with twenty-three years of experience working in both public and independent schools. Most recently, Chris was the Founding Head of School at AltSchool Palo Alto. His passion is on experiential education, social-emotional learning, and community engagement.

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Spencer A.M.Fowler
Head of Dalton Academy, The Affiliated High School of Peking University

Mr. Spencer has been an administrator for over a decade in public and private schools in Chile, China, Egypt, Germany, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam. He is also an international education consultant on K-12 public and private sector institutional reform focusing on organizational change.

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Songwei Li
Lecturer, Deparment of Psycology, Tsinghua University

Dr. Li Songwei graduated from the Department of Psychology at Peking University, with a focus on clinical psychology. Trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) and a Systematic Family Therapist (SFT), he has practiced for over 10 years. Currently he works at Students Counseling Center in Tsinghua University, providing systematic solutions for students who have academic, emotional, or interpersonal difficulties.

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Zoe Randall
Engineering and Design Teacher at High Tech High

Zoe currently leads professional development workshops in the U.S. and abroad for educators interested in Project-Based Learning, Deeper Learning, and STEAM. Zoe graduated from the University of California San Diego with a B.A. in Visual Arts Media and Film. In 2007, Zoe began her teaching career with the High Tech High organization as a multimedia teacher.

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Sipian Mao
Founder of Cinian Culture

Sipian Mao founded Cinian Culture Co. in 2014, guided by the vision of “showcasing a diversity of values and discovering thought leaders who are changing the world." Cinian Culture focuses on producing civic-minded documentaries that aim to explore the spiritual lives that people lead in today's world. Cinian Culture has produced 2 documentaries, "Life·Buddha" and "Where is Spring", in which Mrs. Mao interviewed more than 100 Chinese and foreign experts in the fields of art, culture, philosophy, psychology, education etc. Her more than 200 documentary episodes of documentaries have garnered more than 80 million views.

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