Director Rob Ford, continued his long association with Moldovan education when he arrived formally to take his role up at Heritage International School in May 2019, when he opened the META Summer School conference in the National Library in Chisinau. He has worked with META on a number of occasions over the year and in the summer of 2019 he spoke to the audience of English teachers from across Moldova about the importance in international education in the curriculum and how it developed further learning and cross curricula opportunities for students. In July, Rob worked with a number of school leaders back in the UK looking at curriculum, school improvement strategy and how to develop future leaders in the organisation. Rob spoke again at the META autumn conference in the National Library around the themes of teacher wellbeing, managing workload and avoiding burnout.
Rob is also the opening speaker at the June 2020 META conference reflecting on the DLP. Rob has written a number of articles this year including one on the challenges for school leaders which was a feature article in the highly acclaimed “International Schools Magazine” summer edition for 2020.
In London in October, at the British Council’s HQ, Rob was honoured to receive the prestigious International School Award from the British Council in recognition of the outstanding international education work of Heritage and its support of others in global school networks. Rob opened the British Council’s international conference for Connecting Classrooms with a talk stating the case for global learning at the heart of the curriculum for the 2020s. Rob also spent a week working with schools in the UK developing international education in their curriculum.
Rob contributed regularly to discussions at America House and spoke at a special Digital Learning event just before Christmas for schools and educators from across Moldova hosted at Heritage. Rob was asked to contribute to Radio Free Europe’s diary programme as someone in education in Moldova and this was broadcast at the end of January. Rob has contributed again in interviews with journalist Valentina Ursa, on issues like the educational response to the Covid19 crisis.
Rob worked with the Irish Embassy for a schools event across Moldova to celebrate St Patrick’s Day before going to London to be the closing speaker at the British Council’s Ambassador’s conference in late February.
Rob continued to support UK schools before heading to Cairo at the start of March to speak to one of the largest international school conferences as the opening keynote speaker showing the incredible impact of the work of Heritage International School and our innovative approach.
Because of the effectiveness and success of the school’s distance learning plan, Rob has continued to speak at a number of high profile online conferences internationally throughout this time and in late March spent most of a Saturday with the Minister of Education and the State Secretary MECC showing and explaining our DLP and supporting our national education community develop a solution so all children in our country can access education in this crisis. Rob is speaking at Eton College in late June, one of the oldest and most famous private schools in the World. He will be talking about the Heritage model of education and the achievements of the education community in Moldova.
Rob has written a number of articles this year including one on the challenges for school leaders which was a feature article in the highly acclaimed “International Schools Magazine” summer edition for 2020. Heritage was on the front cover as an example of a positive school attitude in a community. Rob has continued to lead most weeks the Teaching and Learning briefing at Heritage covering a multitude of topics from effective feedback, Hattie’s influence and stretch & challenge learning.
British Council – Connecting Classrooms International Education Conference. London October 18th 2019
I was honoured to be invited to deliver the Keynote Address for this year’s British Council Connecting Classrooms International Education Conference held in London on October 18th 2019. It was an inspiring and dynamic conference. Please see the transcript from my speech below: