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Professional experience

Consultant:

Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France: see Conferences &Courses for more information and list of missions.

2014 – ongoing

   Pedagogical supervisor for the Pestalozzi Programme, “train the trainer” training programme with 47 European countries; coordination: face-to-face training, blended learning and designing pedagogical materials.

2010 – ongoing

  Lead moderator of a pan-European online professional learning community: moderating an online community of practice of 1600 practitioners and educators, school leaders and Ministry of education staff.

2014 – ongoing

  Consultant for the ad-hoc group: Developing competences for democracy and intercultural dialogue through education

2006– 2014

  General rapporteur for the Pestalozzi Programme, a teacher and “train the trainer” training programme with 47 European countries; coordination, face-to-face training, designing pedagogical materials

   Trainer for the summer academies , ‘Human right in action a training programme with 30 school teams from South-East Europe (principles, teachers, and NGO representatives); Partner organisation European Wergeland Centre, (EWC)                                                                                                                                 

2010

Community of practice designer:  European Wergeland Center, Norway:  online professional learning community for education professionals.

2007 – 2011

Curriculum designer: Anna Lindh Foundation, Alexandria, Egypt on religious diversity; conducted research on learning resources for cultural diversity and inter-religious dialogue.

Researcher and policy advisor at NAC/Annie E. Casey Foundation Seattle, WA, USA         2003 – 2004

  • Developed and implemented strategies for the Highline school district;
  • Facilitated a network of a dozen community leader organizations;
  • Conducted focus groups with education professionals, social workers, legal representatives and parents;
  • Conducted evaluation, needs assessment, outcome assessments for school districts;
  • Organized leadership trainings in diverse ethnic communities;
  • Represented the organization and project within a nationwide network of local programs for family strengthening and early childhood development.

 

Program Manager: ReWA, Seattle WA,                                                                           2000 – 2002

(Refugee Women’s Alliance, service provider for immigrant and refugee populations)

  • Managed a $300K/year adult education program and supervised a staff of 10-15 teachers, social workers, mediators and family advocates from 10 countries ;
  • Operational management of education programs (ESL, Citizenship, Welfare to Work, Vocational programs): redesigned process and procedures at entry, developed startegies to penetrate isolated communities; tripled attendance, obtained direct federal support for the program, and increased partnerships with other agencies and community leaders.
  • Conducted regular community needs assessments, program evaluations and developed new programs.

 

 

Public Awareness Campaign Consultant: ENDA Tiers Monde, Paris France,                                     1995-1996


Project Manager: GRDR, Paris France,                                                                              1993 – 1995

(International NGO specialized in training leaders of grassroots organizations in developing countries, as well as immigrant community leaders in France)

  • Conducted successful grant writing and fund raising for a $150 K/year project and managed project funds.
  • Supervised staff members: doctors, nurses, teachers and social workers.
  • Operational management of a dozen subprojects through the creation of a network regrouping 50 immigrant women’s organizations and 50 professionals.
  • Organized seminars and conferences (over 150 participants)/year on: cross-cultural, social, legal, health, housing, parenting/education, and community leadership issues;

 

Health Care instructor and curriculum developer: GRDR, Paris, France                               1990 – 1992

  • Designed cross-cultural health prevention curriculum Provided health care education with groups of immigrant women living in housing projects.
  • Consultant for health care providers and public awareness campaigns on AIDS prevention.

 

Research Assistant: FIEF, Paris France                                                                              1989 – 1990

(International Federation for Home Economics)

–   Co-writer of a study on family budget and consumer choices of families on welfare.

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