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NAIS summary of John Hunter's Keynote at 2012 Conference

on Tuesday, 06 March 2012. Posted in News, Keynotes, Testimonials

NAIS summary of John Hunter's Keynote at 2012 Conference

This account of John Hunter's Keynote at NAIS Annual Conference 2012 in posted on the NAIS conference website.

World Peace Game

"How can I be of service to you?" John Hunter asked the crowd of 4,200 independent school leaders at the 2012 NAIS Annual Conference in Seattle. "I'm a public school elementary teacher from the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, from a modest sized town... I can't do much by myself, but I can turn to my teachers here with me. I stand on the shoulders of my teachers every day. How they could talk, soothe, and calm with a wave of the hand. I learned from the masters and I try to simply express what they taught me. All teachers have a lineage of people behind us." 

John Hunter to Deliver Keynote at NAIS Annual Conference

on Thursday, 16 February 2012. Posted in News

Seattle, WA

John Hunter to Deliver Keynote at NAIS Annual Conference

John Hunter and Bill Gates will be the two keynote speakers at the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference beginning on February 29, 2012.  This year the conference is in Seattle, Washington and will be attended by over 3,500 teachers and school leaders from independent schools in the  U.S. and abroad.  The theme of the conference is Innovation:  Imagine, Invent, Inspire, Dream. It is easy to see how both Bill Gates and John Hunter are fitting representatives of the innovative spirit that education’s future is dependent on.

John will be speaking at 9:30am on Friday, March 2. Conference registration is required. In addition, John Hunter will be displaying his World Peace Game in an exhibit booth along with the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, an education foundation in Memphis, Tennessee, that is working with Hunter to bring learning experiences for teachers to cities around the country.

Article: TheGrio’s 100: John Hunter, Creator of the World Peace Game

on Tuesday, 31 January 2012. Posted in News, Awards, Media Coverage

Article: TheGrio’s 100: John Hunter, Creator of the World Peace Game

“I’m sorry class, but we’re going to have fun today.” This is how teacher, musician, composer and game designer John Hunter starts his class in the 2010 documentary World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, which tells the story of how he uses his World Peace Game to help students work to solve global issues. In an age of smartphones and tablets, Hunter has had much success bringing his multi-level board game to classrooms all over the world.

Tasked with using negotiation and problem-solving skills to get countries to work together instead of resorting to war, children spend hours going through the political simulation, working in “nation-teams” to do what diplomats with years of experience struggle with everyday.

John Hunter in Time Magazine: School of Thought: 12 Education Activists for 2012

on Wednesday, 11 January 2012. Posted in News, Awards, Media Coverage

John Hunter in Time Magazine: School of Thought: 12 Education Activists for 2012
Hunter, an elementary-school teacher, is a legend in his home state of Virginia, where the World Peace Game he designed in 1978 allows fourth-graders to game out various scenarios of global doom or global cooperation. The game, which is played on a huge multi-level board and is a bit like an analog version of The Sims, got traction nationally when Charlottesville-based filmmaker Chris Farina turned it into a documentary film that had many screenings last year and is still making the rounds at film festivals. As World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements has quietly circulated in the education world, Hunter has given TED talks and addressed audiences around the country about the game’s power to inspire students and teachers. The film, which emphasizes not only children’s optimism, but also the game’s power to teach collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, speaks to a lot of people in education. When I moderated a screening at Harvard last year, several audience members were moved to tears. The film should see wider distribution in 2012, and Hunter has started a foundation to advance the work behind the World Peace Game and hopefully spawn high-quality imitators.

–By: Andrew J. Rotherham

John Hunter Named Martin Institute Fellow

on Monday, 09 January 2012. Posted in News, Awards

John Hunter Named Martin Institute Fellow

The Martin Institute is pleased to announce that teacher John Hunter, a 4th grade teacher with Albemarle County Schools in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been named as the first Martin Institute Teaching Excellence Fellow. Much attention has been brought to John Hunter’s teaching because of his 2011 TEDtalk, which was named by TED and the Huffington Post as the most influential TEDtalk of 2011.

John Hunter believes that his fourth grade students can solve world peace, as well as develop strategies for solving nuclear disasters, oil spills, global warming, endangered species issues, mineral rights, water rightsa total of about 30 interlocking, real world problems. John sets The World Peace Game in motion and then guides his students through the critical and strategic thinking, collaboration, and negotiation processes needed to understand and develop solutions for these global issues. Hunter explains, “The World Peace Game is about learning to live and work comfortably in the unknown.”

Best of TED 2011: A Collaboration Between TED and Huffington Post

on Wednesday, 28 December 2011. Posted in News, Awards, Media Coverage

Best of TED 2011: A Collaboration Between TED and Huffington Post

In a special year-end collaboration TED and The Huffington Post reviewed 18 great ideas of 2011 via posts featuring the full TEDTalk with original blog posts that the two organizations think will shape 2012.  The nearly month long count down has highlighted a variety of bold, groundbreaking, and thought-provoking voices. John and the rest of the team at the foundation couldn’t be more excited that on December 26 John’s talk was named the #1 TEDTalk of 2011 by Arianna Huffington and Chris Anderson.

Click here to view the complete 18 TEDTalk count down.

Click here to view the post on John’s talk, excerpt below.

NPR’s StoryCorps: Peace Game Puts ‘Weight Of The World’ On Students

on Sunday, 25 December 2011. Posted in News, Media Coverage

NPR’s StoryCorps: Peace Game Puts ‘Weight Of The World’ On Students

Each month this school year, NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday will celebrate stories of public school teachers across the country as a component of StoryCorp’s National Teachers Initiative. This week the initiative highlighted John and two former World Peace Game players.  The above images and excerpt below were published on December 25, 2011 by StoryCorp. To read the complete story or listen to the story via NPR’s media player, click here.

From NPR’s StoryCorp and Weekend Edition:

John Hunter’s fourth-graders are remarkably successful at resolving world crises peacefully.