Willy Wijnands is a passionate chemistry and physics teacher on the Ashram College in Alphen aan de Rijn and Aikido teacher. He is the creator and founder of eduScrum, initial co-creator of Lightschools and co-founder of the worldwide initiative "Agile in Education". Co-author of the eduScrum guide and co-author of "Scrum in Actie" and co-author of ”Agile and Lean Concepts for Teaching and Learning”.
“I give the students ownership of their own learning process, but most important trust. The students take their responsibility for what they do and I give them liberty and space. The effect is that students are engaged, more productive and their results are better; It is such a wonderful to see them developing themselves!”
Claudia Struijlaart: I work at Highschool Bernadinus in Heerlen. It is a secondary school where I teach chemistry from 3rd to 6th classes. I teach and develop new chemistry curriculum in a DOT. I'm the chairman of the DOT in the VO-HO network in collaboration with CHILL. Also I'm a teacher by Agora. I challenge my students to deliver “products” in instalments. Those products are developed in self-organising and autonomous teams with the help of eduScrum. I am also a team member of the worldwide initiave "Agile in Education".
“Improvements bring up critique, but also wonderful results” “On our way to an effective and innovative style of teaching that fits the present”
Kristina Fritsch is initial co-creator of Lightschools and works and volunteers in various educational, cultural and art projects where she implements and lives agile learning concepts. As part of the eduScrum team she trains teachers and lecturers from primary school to vocational training as well as eduScrum trainers in close cooperation with Willy.
"Kristina wants to encourage and empower people to flourish in and for a peaceful and humanistic future. As an educator and mother of two children, Kristina is a part of the Lightschools network for personal development and to support enthusiastic teachers, students and people dedicated to education all around the world. She is always highly interested in gaining and giving impulses to create spheres of inspiring human encounters and shared learning. "
Emmanuel Ponchon works in the Lifelong learning Department at the Padre Ossó Faculty, (Oviedo, Spain) and is the eduScrum rep and trainer for Spain and France. What stands out the most of his professional career is his demonstrated passion for educational innovation as shown by his many projects where children and teenagers have found a framework of responsible and free education. Likewise, he has been able to create synergies between different projects, either locally or internationally. He started to use eduScrum to teach languages as well as within agile projects for children aged 8 to 14 years old.
“I believe in the creation of nurturing environments where the children and teenagers feel responsible for their learning, where they can make their own decisions, learn to collaborate, experiment the joy of play and have a precious say over what’s going on in that environment.”
Ekaterina Bredikhina: I'm totally convinced that safety and mutual respect are the most required conditions to create an environment in which teams can learn and interact effectively. This is important for both student and adult teams. And that's why the values of safety, trust and respect between all actors are in the basis of eduScrum.
Leading coach of eduScrum Russia
Professional Scrum Master (PSMI)
“I believe that Agile approaches can change modern education and turn it into the 'education of a future' where people and interaction are more important than marks and formal reports and everyone can be the co-creator of his or her own learning process.“
Britt van Mensvoort has been a university and primary school teacher for 4 years. In 2020 she founded Lightschools, which is co-created with the eduScrum team. Together we create a new educational system. Besides, Britt is writing her book Living is Learning, which is the foundation of Lightschools and she is initiating the creation of 13 workbooks for everyone who would like to contribute to a bright new world from their talents, passions and ambitions.
“Education is not the preparation for participation in society. You participate from the start and learn along the way how you can live and learn in an authentic way.”
Paulina Orbitowska-Fernandez Trainer of eduScrum and Nonviolent Communication coach, academic teacher in Intercultural Communication, facilitator of systemic transformation. She used to work as a teacher in Polish and Mexican schools from 2006 till 2017. Now she works with schools, organizations, families and individual clients supporting them in building strong relations based on empathy, communication and agility. Together with her sister she brought eduScrum to Poland since 2018 and bringing more creativity, effective communication, collaboration and critical thinking to our schools.
"With these approaches she wants to help people to understand how words and on, a deeper level, our beliefs and mindset, influence our relationships at home, work, school. Trust and psychological safety in our families, teams and classrooms and how empathy and mindfulness support our brains in their full integration, so that we can shift from reactivity to relatedness. "
Mark Postma I’m an eduScrum trainer and responsible for eduScrum in the Czech Republic. Most of my time I work as a Physics and English teacher on an elementary school in Trutnov. I also work as a freelancer for several educational projects in the Czech Republic. I organize international internships for teacher and I’m tying to build bridges between education and business.
“it’s beautiful and inspiring to see how students can flourish in an environment build on trust and transparency. They keep surprising me with their skills and creativity. I see myself as a facilitator. It’s my responsibility to create the right environment so that they can perform the best they can. Like a beekeeper does for his bees.”
Ximena Valente Hervier is a University Professor based in Rosario, Argentina. She works also as an Agile Expert at Knowledge21. She has travelled and worked in more than 40 countries, facilitating organizations from various sectors in innovation and transformation processes.
"But above all, Ximena is an Agile enthusiast on how these frameworks can boost innovation and creativity, and she loves to teach and learn from her students."