We caught up Holy Spirit College, Manoora Deputy Principal Eryn Grady after she was named one of the Top 100 Leaders in Education by the Global Forum for Education and Learning in Dubai.
Tell us more about the Global Forum for Education and Learning?
The Global Forum for Education and Learning (GFEL) is a worldwide organisation to advance the careers and standing of educators.
GFEL offers an ideal opportunity for the confluence of educationists, edtech innovators, thought leaders and academicians who are adding significant value to the global education sector. The yearly conference strives to unveil groundbreaking innovations and delve into the depths of knowledge sharing to build the future of imparting education.
As education holds a significant position in the policies of nations across the world, GFEL empowers participants to develop the capacity to solve complex education related issues globally.
How were you nominated for the award?
I was nominated by three people: a teacher in the UK from a former school that I worked in and two parents form a previous school. I then had to go through a process of my nomination going to a board for evaluation. I was required to write further information about my career and send for the next round of eliminations. Over 500 teachers and educators were nominated initially, then I was informed I had gained a place in the top 300. I then had to have a phone interview as well as further information to be sent into the panel. I was advised in October of winning through to the Top 100 Educational awards.
What was the experience like?
It was an interesting experience overall. I was invited to be a Keynote speaker about the use of arts in engaging students that were disengaged with education. I have been invited to speak as a Keynote speaker at the awards next year as I was unable to attend this year.
How does it make you feel to be one of the ‘Top 100 Leaders in Education’?
It was exciting to be nominated by both peers and parents for this award. The process was quite rigorous and they were very thorough in making sure they had all the correct information for the award. I was thrilled to be contacted to say I was in the Top 100 Educators that had been nominated from this award for 2019. It is always nice to be recognised for your work with young people!
What opportunities will you have after being recognised as one of the ‘Top 100 Leaders in Education’?
The GFEL conference, where the awards are presented, give a great opportunity for educators from around the world to network and attend interesting presentations from a variety of educational settings. It is great for expanding an educational worldview. This award also gives my exposure to employers and shows recognition for my 26 years as an educator in three countries!
Find out more about the Global Forum for Education and Learning.