Robert Greve

Ashoka Fellow
Germany,
Fellow Since 2013

Citation

This profile was prepared when Robert Greve was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
With the background of his own upbringing and teacher training, Robert Greve has realized the largest lever to systemic change in education lies in changing the teacher’s role. Schools and teachers are expected to raise young people ready to tackle the challenges of our complex world. But the idea that “it takes a village to raise a child” has never been more true.
For Robert, the answer to the challenge of enabling a holistic, up-to-date and high quality education is to build strong multi-professional schools. These are schools that do not exist in closed silos but whose teachers become facilitators with easy access to the wealth of external expertise and resources around them: professionals, companies, citizen sector organizations, universities or public institutions. Key to allow this development is both the paradigm shift in teacher education as well as the systematization of how schools are enabled to make use of external resources. Through this, schools grow to be places for diversified and practical learning, lower the burden on often overwhelmed teachers and raise students’ performance, as well as being enabled to react flexibly and quickly to new developments in what students need to learn.

First, Robert has successfully introduced his program “students make school” in which teachers-to-be collect teaching experience by giving skills and method courses to students. Even more important, Robert’s teachers learn about team-teaching and realize the benefits of a redefined teachers’ role being a very broad-minded one. Beyond scaling this program, he decided to build an online market place for all offers of this kind. With both school administration and a closely knit net of stakeholders on board, he developed and launched “SchulePlus”, the first online hub with an integrated web of trust to systematically match available external expertise and resources and teachers’ needs for their school. With a combination of imbuing a new generation of teachers with a collaborative attitude, developing and implementing needs-based tools and fostering a network among schools and teachers, Robert can be seen as a serial entrepreneur working step by step towards empowering modern schools in Germany and far beyond as multi-professional schools ready to tackle today’s educational challenges.
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