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Journey to Belonging
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Short bio or reason for joining Actionable Innovations Global:
Dr. Ilene Winokur has lived in Kuwait since 1984 and is currently a professional development specialist supporting teachers globally including refugee teachers. Ilene has been active in learning innovation for over 25 years and is passionate about narratives related to belonging. Prior to retiring in 2019, she was a teacher and administrator at the primary and pre-college levels. Her work has focused on supporting multilingual learners and increasing their success in English-based curricula. Ilene is an advocate for instilling a sense of belonging in students while supporting their acquisition of an additional language. Ilene hosts the Journey to Belonging podcast and blogs about her personal journey to belonging in Buffalo, NY, where she grew up, and Yarmouk, Kuwait where she has lived since 1984. Both focus on the importance of feeling a sense of belonging, the subject of her new book, Journey to Belonging: Pathways to Well-Being.
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Mentoring and supporting refugee-led education programs in Kakuma, Kenya. They include, digital citizenship, basic computer science, graphic design, design thinking, coding, and vocational skills for youth ages 8-25.
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