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Jelmer Evers

Jelmer is a history teacher, writer, and innovator. He teaches at an innovative school: UniC in Utrecht the Netherlands. He proposes a renaissance of teaching with teachers in the lead on all levels. This concept is called “Flipping the System”. Evers has been nominated teacher of the year 2012. Received several other national awards. And he was nominated twice for the Global Teacher Prize: 2015 and 2016. In 2013 he edited an influential book called “Het Alternatief” (The Alternative) featuring articles from renowned scholars like Andy Hargreaves, Howard Gardner, Pasi Sahlberg. The book made an enormous impact and was debated in parliament a month after publication. Several policy recommendations have been put into practice: less standardised testing, hybrid teachers, a strengthened professional body which runs a teacher led innovation fund (Lerarenontwikkelfonds). J Amongst others he was also on the design team of a new teacher training institute: De Nederlandse School. In 2015 a new international book called “Flip the System” was published worldwide, Swedish, English and Australian spin-offs are in the works. He is co-founder of TEN Global: a new global teacher leadership network with Education International.