Paula Laurel Jackson, PHD
Founded CreativeMinds, Germany to assist schools, NGOs and other agencies in their educational reform efforts.
Hired a team of 12 researchers and consultants
Built professional relationships with teams across organisations in different cultural contexts.
Created and implemented Ethnographic Research projects
Created Curricula with a Focus on the Arts for emerging Schools globally for k-12 schools
Created/founded Summer Camps for disadvantaged youth across Germany and the UK
Created out of school learning communities for schools with a focus on Creativity and Digital Media
Secured partnerships with NGOs, Governments, Multilateral institutions and Private sector businesses.
Evaluated already-existing research by client organisations
Clients included: DFID, Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk, Arts and Youth, K-12 schools
Reviewed the level of implementation of the Commonwealth Teacher Recruitment Protocol (CTRP, 2004) by Commonwealth member countries, civil society and the Commonwealth Secretariat
Assessed the extent to which it has been adopted and its standards complied with by participating countries and individual teachers.
Conducted a thematic evaluation of the implementation of the CTRP across Commonwealth regions
Assessed and determined the quality and extent of implementation of the CTRP
Taught English and music in schools in London, Germany and in the USA to children under 18.
Designed and implemented series of studies on education and development in order to identify knowledge gaps in youth and education research.
Reviewed field studies, research and assessment projects related to curricular reform, teacher training, and school reform.
Created recommendations for further research and development.
Created the programs for the Orchestra (87 members)
Organised performances around the world
Recruited of orchestral members
Created/founded arts-based programmes for schools
Established and secured partnerships to schools and arts organisations globally
Focus: The Pupil voice and Effective Learning Environments
MPHil in Education
MSc Comparative and International Education
1996-1999: Established Creative Camps (Arts-based Discovery) throughout Germany for children under 18, which ran for four years
1997-1999: Established the World Orchestra; a youth-led 80-member orchestra created to raise funds, perform and work with underprivileged children and youth around the world.
2009-2011: Founded Laurel's Bakery/Pappillon: A cookie company designed to improve the lives of underprivileged women in Germany.