Pernille Ripp is a teacher, speaker, and author. Her work has influenced thousands of teachers globally, as well as the work of school districts across the United States as they try to empower their students and teachers and change the way we educate. Pernille’s work has been included in multiple influential education books published in the last three years. She continues to teach, constantly trying to forward the educational journey of students in her district, and implementing all of the ideas she presents. In 2010, she created The Global Read Aloud, a global literacy initiative that since then has connected more than 1,000,000 students on 6 continents. Her first book, Passionate Learners - How to Engage and Empower Your Students” came out as a second edition in 2015. ” Her second book “Empowered Schools, Empowered Students” was published in September, 2014. Her work has been featured by Edutopia, School Library Journal, The Guardian, MiddleWeb, Learning & Leading magazine, as well as in many podcasts and interviews. She is a Skype Master Teacher, as well as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. She is the WEMTA Making IT Happen award recipient for 2015, as well as the 2015 ISTE Award for Innovation in Global Collaboration Award recipient. She teaches others how to give the classroom back to students through her blog, as well as to anyone who walks into her classroom.
i am ME. Statements
i am interactive. i am committed. i am positive.
GETTING TO KNOW GUEST
What is one thing that makes you unique as a leader in education?
I choose to share hard lessons that I learn as a teacher, reflect on those moments, and share my experiences with others in an effort to help everyone come out stronger.
When and why did you decide to be a leader in education?
For many years I did not want to become a teacher, teaching chased me into its folds.
What about teaching today gives you the greatest fulfillment?
Please share with us a simple connection where you feel you made a long-lasting, powerful impact on a student.
I had a student who was pretty angry most of the time. Because I didn’t back down from day one, him and I had a special bond.
PERSONALIZED LEARNING JOURNEY
What is it about Personalized Learning Pedagogy you believe will have the greatest impact on education as we know it today?
When we take a look at what personalized learning really is, we can mold and adapt our curriculum to fit the needs of each student.
Tell us about a challenging situation that could have resulted in a bad outcome, but because you persisted — and perhaps made tough decisions, the now painful memory serves as a great lesson?
Sometimes we forget, if we are wrong we should stop what we are doing instead of seeing it through. I’ve had to stop class and tell my students what I am doing is not accurate, and we have to go back to the drawing boards.
SECRETS TO SUCCESS
What one strategy would you suggest teachers in personalized learning environments apply everyday that would result in powerful outcomes?
Ask students the hard questions. What is working for you and what isn’t, while listening to their answers.
Imagine you are standing in front of a room full of educators — just like you when you started your personalized learning journey. They too have fears, worries and doubts as they struggle to find their footing. What are two to three key things they should focus on to ensure success?
Start small. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t look at the end result, look on how you will be better tomorrow.
i am ME.
What is one thing that makes you great?
I put a smile on my face everyday.