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The summit brought together 47 specially invited Maverick School Teachers and educators from Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, US, UK, Australia, Singapore, Nepal, Sri Lanka, S.Korea, Taiwan, and India. A series of panel discussions and group visions based on specific UN goals had each maverick group coming up with their own pedagogy prototype. Guided and supported by thought leaders, policy makers, and expert practitioners, MTGS was the most diverse and innovative space for global educators to join hands, come together, and create together.

Through a process of ‘Collaborative Mavericking’ the gathering sought to leverage its creativity and diversity to find a common ground. Our collective insights culminated in examining pedagogy prototypes that stand to benefit teacher and children across the globe.

Case Study
We define a Maverick Teacher as someone who applies a balance of creativity, innovation, empathy and science to the art of teaching to support students and their learning. They think carefully about the students being taught, and the learning intended before designing teaching-learning strategies. They do not deter from reworking, re-organizing or re-arranging subject matter to make it more accessible and meaningful to students. A Maverick Teacher is someone who delights in the success of their students, and encourages student agency in assessment for learning, and the students independence as a learner.
The aim of the summit was to engage with ‘sticky,’ complex issues of learning and sustainability through development of innovative pedagogic practices applicable in schools and communities. In addition the participating Maverick Teachers found space for self-exploration, and authentic learning.
This summit attracted passionate, creative, deeply committed school educators. These ‘mavericks’ collaborated over 6 days to create various ‘actionable’ educational pedagogy models by leveraging on participants experiences in the school classroom, their aspirations and vision for the future. The content (science, arts, humanities, digital) and context (country, region, specific challenges) varied according to the participants’ expertise and background. Discussions engaged and challenged participants to frame their thoughts and actions in a wider global context involving intersections across disciplines as well as the challenges of achieving sustainability as outlined by the United Nations Sustainability Goals (UNSDG 2015) in the areas of:
- Food & Water
- Consumption
- Gender equality
- Energy
- Infrastructure
- Climate
- Habitat

MTGS 2016 at a glance

Summit highlights:

  • Panel discussions
  • Poster presentations
  • Exposure to diverse education global practices
  • Unique networking opportunity
  • Time and space for self-exploration
  • Quality: Educator-Teacher-Facilitator

Context and challenges:

  • Adapting and applying innovative (maverick teaching learning practices) to impact millions of teachers and children across India
  • How to make learning economically and culturally relevant
  • Grassroots education

Summit Dates:

July 17th to 24th 2016


*It is our intent to treat any original and/or unique ideas-methods-tools generated out of the collaborative work during the Maverick Teachers Global Summit 2016, as open source knowledge, and it will be posted in the website www.agastyamtgs.org. This knowledge can be used by global teaching-learning community in a not-for-profit manner. It excludes the intellectual property that the delegates might bring and share, and that would be respected.

Event Schedule

Sunday July 17th 2016 DAY – 0 : Registration and basic info
Monday July 18th 2016 DAY – 1 : Introduction
Tuesday July 19th 2016 DAY – 2 : Ideation
Wednesday July 20th 2016 DAY – 3 : Ideation
Thursday July 21st 2016 DAY – 4 : Proto-typing
Friday July 22nd 2016 DAY – 5 : Proto-typing
Saturday July 23rd 2016 DAY – 6 : Presentation
Sunday July 24th 2016 DAY – 7 : Departure

MTGS 2016 Venue

Agastya’s   unique 172 acre ‘Creativity Campus’ is at Gudivanka Village, Kuppam, (2.5 hrs from Bangalore International Airport), India. The Campus or “factory of ideas”, boasts several labs dedicated to hands-on learning activities in science, maths, ecology, media and art. Over the years, the campus has played host to esteemed educators, scholars, researchers, academicians and dignitaries from various domains. In addition to subject specific labs, the campus houses a Discovery center life size interactive models, center for Creative Teaching (CCT) which prepares Agastya instructors and trains government teachers, an art lab, a media lab , an open-air Ecology lab and a Robotics Lab. The campus also houses ‘Guru-Gruha’ Astronomy Center, Vision-Works model-making workshop, Library, IT center, Performing Arts center and an Innovation Hub.