Jelmer Evers is a history teacher, writer, and innovator. He teaches at an innovative school: UniC in Utrecht the Netherlands. Using concepts like- challenge based and connected learning, personal learning environments and networks, MOOCs, Flipped Classroom, game based learning and gamification. Besides teaching he’s also a blogger, writer, designer and consultant.
He proposes a renaissance of teaching and teachers in the lead on all fronts: in schools, on research, policy. This concept is called “Flipping the System”. Evers has been nominated teacher of the year 2012. National magazine Vrij Nederland has nominated him one of the Netherlands 23 “New Radicals” (Nieuwe Radicalen) for his innovative teaching practice and his stance and activities on educational reform. He was also elected “best in his trade” by Vrij Nederland after a consultation of experts (teachers, researchers, policy makers). He was nominated for the Global Teacher Prize 2015 (Top 50) and 2016. Amongst others he was on the design team of a new teacher training institute: De Nederlandse School. He was also in the Dutch design team of New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning (with Michael Fullan). 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 publications. 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). Jelmer is still working closely with politicians, teachers, the department of education to put all these measures into effect. In July 2015 a new international version called “Flip the System” was presented at Education International’s World Congress (with a contribution by Pak Tee Ng) in Ottawa. Again making a big impact and with the aim of truly flipping the system worldwide. Local English, Turkish, Swedish versions are already in the works. With more to follow soon. Currently he is is still teaching, making policy at De Onderwijscooperatie (professional teaching body) and setting-up teacher led curriculum hubs. Internationally he is creating a global teacher leadership network on a fellowship at Education International in conjunction with Ashoka, OECD, UNESCO.