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Opening Keynote with Bill Gates
Bill Gates: Fulfilling technology’s Promise to Education

Independent Matters

Stephen Carter

Cheryl Crazy Bull

Sarah Kay



John Hunter
As you look over the post and comments surrounding the presentation by John Hunter, you will easily see that he had a huge impact on those in the room. This is a man who was largely unknown by most but is now an example for many of us as to the reach one teacher can have. But who is John Hunter? This post should help you to learn more about the man, his work and the effect he will have for generations of teachers and students to come.

Background Information (From the NAIS Conference Site)
Award-winning teacher and educational consultant, John Hunter has dedicated his life to helping children realize their full potential. Employing his background as a musician, composer, and filmmaker during a three-decade career as a teacher, Hunter has combined his gifted teaching and artistic talents to develop unique teaching programs using multimedia software programs in creative writing and film courses.

As a student at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Hunter traveled and studied comparative religions and philosophy throughout Japan, India, and China. Inspired by Gandhi’s home country and intrigued by the principles of nonviolence, Hunter began imagining how teachers could contribute to peace in the world. Accepting the reality of violence, he sought to inspire students to explore harmony in various situations, using a game — something that students would enjoy.

As educator in residence at IDEO, a premiere design firm in Silicon Valley, Hunter explores numerous options, including replication of the World Peace Game for sale, Internet-based development, training seminars for teachers, and workshops on his methods.

As a fellow at The Center for Global Initiatives of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, Hunter collaborates with faculty and students to leverage the success and relevance of his World Peace Game project.

World Peace Game/Movie Site

World Peace and Other Fourth-Grade Achievements (Trailer)

Sun Tzu’s Art of War (Watch the TED Talk and this will make sense)

Video of the 3-D Game Board (Set up at NAIS Annual Conference)

Bio of John Hunter from

John Hunter TED Talk (Voted the most influential TED Talk of 2011)


John Hunter by the NAIS Reporter
“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.”…MORE

John Hunter on Storify
This is a collection of tweets sharing reflections from John Hunter’s words at the 2012 NAIS Annual Conference and links to resources shared by participants who were listening.

Sarah Hanawald
LIVE BLOG of John Hunter’s Talk at NAIS

Randall Dunn
John Hunter

Kathy O’Neal
General Session with John Hunter

John Hunter Setting up World Peace Game

John Hunter Illustrated Graphic Notes

Rick Ackerly
The Speech that got the Longest Standing Ovation at NAIS Conference of Educators

Michael Nachbar from the Global Online Academy (GOA) and Brad Rathgeber from the Online School for Girls (OSG) have collaborated on a white paper that explores the role of independent schools and their efforts in forging a path in the world of online learning. This paper is their case for independent schools in the online environment. Watch the short (1 minute) video that introduces the paper then take a moment to read the short article. They are open for comments so feel free to post your comments directly to this post providing feedback on this forward looking vision.


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The White Paper: Online Independent Schools: Defining a New Generation of Excellence