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As we near the end of 2012, we look back at the past year – the highlights and accomplishments, and new ways to grow and improve together. A particularly engaging and innovative effort was this summer’s Educating for Sustainable Happiness symposium held at Cushing Academy.
We’re proud to showcase another video from the symposium. Ron Canuel, CEO of the Canadian Education Association, and his keynote, centered around the importance of having educators and students take the charge to integrate and implement new […]

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Our ongoing video coverage from the Educating for Sustainable Happiness symposium from this past summer, continues with a keynote address by Tony Wagner, Innovation Education Fellow, Technology & Entrepreneurship Center, Harvard University and Author of “Creating Innovators”.
Dr. Tony Wagner laid out a fascinating address focusing on the question to the world’s leading innovators, ‘what are the skills that we need most?’. What he found was a set of core competencies to build students into lifelong learners and active citizens.
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Innovative and transformative ways of providing education is becoming an important and critical aspect as we move forwards in the 21stcentury and was a popular topic at the Educating for Sustainable Happiness held at Cushing Academy.

We’re pleased to have a video of the keynote address from Patrick Bassett of the National Association of Independent Schools. Patrick begins his address by asking an important question, “Are schools designed to fit kids? Or adults?” and discusses the need for more experiential education […]

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Continuing with our coverage from this summer’s Educating for Sustainable Happiness symposium in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, we are able to present the Honourable Thakur S. Powdyel, Minister for Education for the Royal Government of Bhutan, and chief symposium guest’s keynote speech on ‘Educating for Gross National Happiness’.
 
Bhutan is actively integrating the concept of Gross National Happiness into its school system and The Honourable Minister elaborated on the creation of ‘Green Schools’ to encourage the best educational experience for students that promotes not only the necessary skills to succeed in their adult lives, but […]

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We’re happy to be able to display some of the amazing keynote addresses from the Educating for Sustainable Happiness symposium that took place August 9 to 12.
First up, is Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University. Jeffrey Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 80 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders.
Jeffrey Sachs […]

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Lyonpo Thakur S. Powdyel, Minister of Education for the Royal Government of Bhutan

Bhutan Today, a daily newspaper in Bhutan, had the chance to speak with the Minister of Education, Lyonpo Thakur Singh Powdyel, the Chief Guest at the Symposium on Educating for Sustainable Happiness in an email interview about his experience at Cushing Academy.
“It has been a most humbling experience for me personally to see the amount of goodwill and support for our country from every […]

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Edu4Happiness Symposium Photos

Bhutan Canada 08-17-2012

Principal Passang Norbu and Jessica Tudos check out an iClass Table.

Keynote speaker, Ron Canuel, chats with symposium participants. 

Sam Blyth, H.E. Thakur S. Powdyel, Patrick Bassett, Ron Canuel & James Tracy. 

Dr. Saamdu Chetri makes a presentation on Bhutan’s GNH Centre. 

The symposium closes with final words from Jeffrey Sachs.

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Edu4Happiness August 11th

Bhutan Canada 08-12-2012


After a terrific first day spent discussing happiness in education and the future of learning in the 21st century, participants at Edu4Happiness were back yesterday morning, taking in a keynote address by Patrick Bassett of the National Association of Independent Schools, discussing the role of the arts in developing leadership abilities and how to use gamification as a learning tool, and exploring the impact of the democratization of knowledge through the use of technology.
Slides and documents […]

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Edu4 Happiness August 10th: Part II

Bhutan Canada 08-11-2012

Yesterday afternoon was packed with just as much goodness as the morning, with a keynote address by Ron Canuel of Canadian Education Association, a panel discussion by the Bhutanese delegation made up of Dr. Saamdu Chetri, Phuntsho Lhamo, Sonam Choggyel and Passang Norbu, and breakout sessions on topics ranging from sustainable education, cross-cultural learning expeditions, implementing technology and mindfulness in education.
Slides from many of the keynote and breakout sessions are available at: www.tinyurl.com/Edu4HappinessSlides  Ron Canuel, CEO of Canadian Education Association
 Ron’s […]

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Edu4Happiness August 10th: Part I

Bhutan Canada 08-11-2012

Educating for Sustainable Happiness was off to a cracking start with keynote addresses from Dr. James Tracy and Dr. Tony Wagner as well as a handful of illuminating talks from breakout session leaders on a wide range of topics including, learning about spiritual exemplars, crowdsourcing education, pursuing a virtuous life, designing culturally relevant curriculum, exploring experiential learning and solving challenging problems.
Addresses by Dr. Tracy and Dr. Wagner will be available on our YouTube channel in the coming days, but until […]

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