Past Event

The Way to a Student-Centered Whole Person Education: What it takes to start new schools?

June 5, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM



Time: June 4, 10:00 - 11:00 PM (New York) | June 5, 10:00 - 11:00 AM (Beijing)

Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, in partnership with ETU Education, is pleased to invite you to attend an insightful conversation with Yinuo Li, Co-Founder of ETU Education, and Thomas Hatch, Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, as they talk about their experiences supporting the development of student-centered educational experiences and innovative curriculum and pedagogy in China and the U.S.


Points to be covered:

  • Key lessons from the evolution of the ETU School
  • What it takes to create new schools with more student-centered and project-based learning environments
  • The opportunities and challenges for creating new, innovative schools in China and the U.S.


Yinuo Li

Yinuo Li is the co-founder of ETU Education (in her personal capacity), and she is also the former Director of the China Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She used to be a partner at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in both Beijing and Palo Alto, California.

Li is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from industry perspectives to strategy, organization, talent recruitment and development, and women’s leadership. She also serves on the final selection committee for the Rhodes Scholarship and was named World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader in 2016. Li has a B.S. in biology from Tsinghua University in Beijing and a Ph.D. in molecular biology from UCLA.


    Thomas Hatch

    Thomas Hatch is a Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and Director of the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST). His research includes studies of school improvement efforts at the school, district, and national levels. His latest book, The Education We Need for a Future We Can’t Predict (Corwin, 2021), focuses on efforts to create more powerful learning experiences both inside and outside schools in developed and developing contexts. He is also the founder and managing editor of He previously served as a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

    Hatch's other books include Managing to Change: How Schools can Survive (and Sometimes Thrive) in Turbulent Times (Teachers College Press, 2009); Into the Classroom: Developing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Teachers College Press, 2005); and School Reform Behind the Scenes (Teachers College Press, 1999).