WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF TEACHERS WHO ENVISION A PUBLIC EDUCATION TRULY TRANSFORMATIONAL FOR EVERY STUDENT IN THE COUNTRY
Supported by the Lemann Foundation, Connecting Knowledge is a nationwide network of over 450 educators committed to high-quality public education. Read below to learn more about us.
Connecting Knowledge brings together teachers across the country involved in classroom teaching, pedagogical coordination, school administration, and the Secretariat of Education to create a support network and break down isolation. Together, these educators seek to strengthen the field by sharing expertise, concerns, challenges, and victories while building high-quality public education.
Teachers of all Connecting Knowledge Centers engage on a daily basis to ensure more quality and equity to education, implementing innovative practices in their classrooms, devising transformational initiatives and sharing projects with one another.
From regional and national summits to online conferences, educators across the country build collective spaces to discuss, exchange and strengthen the educational field through the Connecting Knowledge Network and the opportunities it provides.
The network brings together teachers and public administrators, enabling change through initiatives designed and created by both parties, and encourages the celebration of those who are making a difference in the classroom, thus inspiring teachers within the network and beyond.
The Connecting Knowledge Network was createdin 1995, bringing together teachers who stood out in their regions through their classroom work. With the Lemann Foundation’s support, the group thought about what could be done to mitigate the feeling of isolation that affects many Brazilian teachers and help them access practices that were relevant to their realities. That is how Connecting Knowledge was born: from one teacher to another, bringing together professionals who face different challenges across the country, wishing to ensure high-quality public education to all Brazilian students.
Connecting Knowledge is born: 30 public school teachers from different parts of Brazil gather to create a network of teachers.
Expansion: Connecting Knowledge Centers are present in 12 Brazilian states. Educators exchange classroom experiences and discuss key topics related to public education in Brazil.
Quality in education: 150 teachers showcase their classroom challenges and experiences to decision makers in the field of education to reveal why it is important to believe in public education and to focus on solutions to their problems.
Representativeness: The Connecting Knowledge Network is present in all 27 Brazilian federative units and keeps on growing to unite even more teachers who believe in their capacity to transform Brazilian education.
About the Connecting Knowledge Network
Build physical and virtual collective spaces to connect educators who are committed to achieve social transformation through public education of excellence.
Educators within the network devised a set of principles to guide our work. Our core beliefs:
_ A public education of excellence requires the engagement of the entire society.
_ Education must have the role of forming students who are capable of exercising citizenship and working towards social change.
_ Teachers are intellectuals with the ability to establish a new educational paradigm.
_ Education must be oriented by equity and diversity principles.
_ Our work makes a difference in the Brazilian education.
_ Rather than problems, we must focus on solutions.
_ We must maintain high expectations of our students and of ourselves.
Founded in 2002 by Jorge Paulo Lemann, the Lemann Foundation is a nonprofit family organization. The Foundation seeks to ensure high-quality public education for all Brazilian children and to build a network of talents who are committed to resolving the country's major social issues. In order to achieve this goal, the Lemann Foundation develops programs that impact millions of students in public schools across the country, as well as institutions of excellence that strive for a more just, advanced nation. One of these programs is Connecting Knowledge.
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