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"Real Talk for Real Teachers" with Rafe Esquith

5 Sep

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This webinar is hosted in English

“The World’s Most Famous Teacher”, Rafe Esquith joins Dr. Nellie Deutsch for a conversation on WizIQ.

For the last 28 years, Rafe Esquith has lead his class of fifth graders in Room No. 56 of Hobart Boulevard Elementary School, Los Angeles, through an uncompromising and rigorous curriculum. When most students in the school drop out before high school, his students go to attend the finest colleges in the world.

Rafe, is not a fan of high-stakes standardized tests, Teach For America or the Common Core State Standards. He believes that the Common Core and other Orwellian nightmares have driven some of our finest educators out of the profession after years of dedicated and effective service.

The conversation will focus on how good teachers can continue to do a good job and have fun in spite of The System. He will also share his experiences and the pedagogy he follows to help his students lead a successful path despite of all the barriers.

Join this conversation to know first-hand what happens in Room 56.

To know more about what Rafe does, you can view this TedTalk

Rafe Esquith

Dr. Nellie Deutsch
Dr. Nellie Deutsch

About Rafe Esquith

Rafe Esquith has been teaching for 31 years, the last 28 at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School in Los Angeles. Despite language barriers and poverty, Rafe’s students go on to attend the finest colleges in the world.

Among Esquith’s numerous awards are The Disney American Teacher Award, Parents Magazine’s As You Grow Award, and Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award. Queen Elizabeth invested Rafe as a Member of the British Empire. In 2003, the President presented Rafe the National Medal of Arts. Rafe is the only teacher in history to receive this honor. He was recently given The Compassion in Action Award from the Dalai Lama.

Esquith’s latest book, Real Talk for Real Teachers, is a national bestseller. Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire, a NY Times Bestseller has been translated into other languages all over the world. His earlier work, There Are No Shortcuts, led to the filming of the Award Winning PBS documentary, The Hobart Shakespeareans.

Despite international acclaim, Esquith continues to teach every day in Room 56. He is very happily married to Barbara Tong.

About Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Nellie holds a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in educational leadership specializing in curriculum & instruction and is an E-Learning Professional Development Specialist. She is on the Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Group (CALL-IS) Steering Committee at Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL.) International Organization and on the program coordinator for World Association for Distance Education (WAOE).

Nellie is passionate about Moodle and trains teachers to use Moodle as teachers and as teacher administrators worldwide both online and face-to-face. She is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network of volunteers that provides free and low-cost professional development workshops for educators around the world. The hands-on workshops help teachers learn to integrate technology into blended and fully online classes for private and public courses.

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WizIQ Conversations

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Mohali, India

Dr. Deutsch earned her doctorate in education and educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix from the School of Advanced Studies. Her dissertation research was published on Amazon) focused on instructor experiences with integrating technology in blended learning contexts in higher education around the world. Dr. Deutsch is internationally known as a transformative leader, community builder, an expert in educational technology, leader in providing online professional development courses, and mentor for educators worldwide.

Dr. Deutsch is the founder of Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL), an online informal network that provides free professional development workshops for educators around the world. Dr. Deutsch is also founder and current coordinator of the annual Connecting Online (CO09-CO13) for Instruction and Learning and Moodlemoot (MMVC11- MMVC13) free online conferences. She also provides course design and online facilitation on Moodle for Teacher (M4T) courses for teachers and administrators at Atlantic University, COL, and other organizations around the world.

href="http://www.nelliemuller.com/WebQuestsbyNellieDeutsch.htm">WebQuests, Professional Electronic Portfolios (Mahara), web 2.0 tools, blogs, social networks, and wikis. She follows a relationship-based collaborative active learning approach to instruction and learning. Her experiential humanitarian approach to instruction and learning has earned her the respect of educators around the globe and attracted her to healthy living and healing. She's an accredited PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills), conflict resolution, and Reiki practitioner. She practices and teaches Mindfulness Meditation and the Alexander Technique.

Dr. Deutsch has written chapters in books on the use of technology and research (

Dr. Deutsch volunteers a great deal of her services. She is on the steering committee for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Computer Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS). She is also on the board of directors for the World Association for Online Education (WAOE) as the program coordinator.  She also promotes free online education worldwide by providing free professional development courses to educators in Africa and underdeveloped countries.