"One Hen"— One School's Model -- Debbie Burns

Debbie Burns, Teacher and Service Learning Advocate, Concordia International School Shanghai

Can nine year-olds become entrepreneurs? Yes! Concordia elementary students gained real-world understanding through taking out a micro-loan and creating a business. This hands-on Economics unit fosters the development of 21st century skills that extend well beyond One Hen. Participants will benefit from Concordia’s learning curve and will walk away with ideas and next steps for integrating One Hen into the curriculum. Hear about one school’s model; next, envision your school’s personalized One Hen learning experience.

About Debbie…
Debbie Burns graduated from Washington State University, after which she received her teaching certificate from Seattle Pacific University. Most of her 30-plus years of teaching experience came from a small town in Washington, where she taught Preschool to Grade 6 for 25 years. She and her husband, Mike, along with their youngest son, decided they needed a change and moved to Doha, Qatar, where Debbie taught Grade 5 and her son graduated from high school. Debbie and Mike then moved to Shenzhen and taught at Shekou International School. They started their adventure at Concordia in 2009. One of Debbie’s teaching passions is instilling in her students a lifelong joy for reading. Debbie and Mike have two grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and two of the smartest and cutest granddaughters you will ever meet and one darling grandson.

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