Dr. David A. Wells, Executive and Managing Consultant of the GLOBAL School Consultant Group, is honored to serve as a member of the Education Leadership Team of the Education for Sustainability in Galapagos Program. The individuals working on this team include Andrew Sherman (Founder and CEO of Gamut Education), Elizabeth T. Murakami (Professor and Director of programs in Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M, San Antonio), Frank Hernandez (Associate Dean of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University), and Miriam Chacón (Galapagos Program Coordinator).
The Galapagos Conservancy (GC) and the Fundación Scalesia (FS) are leading a public-private partnership with Ecuador’s Ministry of Education and the Galapagos Governing Council (GGC). This partnership seeks to transform Galapagos education to bolster long-term conservation efforts in the Islands. The project’s goal is to improve education for the 7,500 school age children in Galapagos by strengthening the teaching skills of the 470 teachers in the 22 K-12 schools on the Islands, as well as the leadership skills of the schools’ administrators. Project activities include the creation of the educational leadership team that conducts professional development workshops, and coach and mentor Galapagos teachers and administrators. A rigorous metrics and evaluation component ensures that when educators’ skills increase from this attention, student performance will also excel. Once successful, it is expected that this project will serve as a model for education reform in the rest of Ecuador, and perhaps be replicated in other parts of the world.