Jonathan Bergmann & Aaron Sams

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Nominated By: Elaine Hutchison

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams are pioneers of systematizing the Flipped Classroom, which maximizes technology to improve student engagement and self-paced learning in the teaching and learning process. Research has shown that their system significantly improves student learning, has been used in all sectors of education, and has had a positive effect on countless learning environments and students across the world.

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams are widely regarded as pioneers in the Flipped Classroom movement in which direct instruction is moved from the group learning space to the individual learning space. Their instructional model has been adopted and adapted by thousands of teachers across the planet and has impacted countless students. Bergmann and Sams developed this method for their high school science students in rural Colorado, and it has grown into a viral, worldwide phenomena. They co-author many articles, host conferences, conduct workshops, write blogs, and have written the bestselling book: Flip Your Classroom. They recently completed their second book in which they encourage teachers to develop relationships with their students, to bolster student curiosity, and to encourage content mastery. Bergmann and Sams co-founded the Flipped Learning Network, a non-profit organization committed to helping educators leverage technology to help put students at the center of learning. Their YouTube videos have been watched more than 2.6 million times, they both serve on the advisory committee of TED-Ed, and they have individually won the Presidential Award for Excellence iOK:n Math and Science Teaching in 2002 and 2009.

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