Rob Houben is an educational leader, change-maker, change creator, and public speaker. He started teaching in the year 2000. Specialized in using technology within education. In the year 2010, he took the initiative to transition the school where he was teaching from a school with 200 pc’s into a school with Wi-Fi and Chromebooks for everybody. One of the first schools in The Netherlands who started working with Chromebooks.
Meanwhile, he was involved in building new courses for the Dutch National Curriculum. He specialized in personalizing education using the best parts of regular education. He believes learning should start with building motivation, self-esteem, and becoming a social networker.
In 2015, he got involved with Agora, a secondary school that just started. With 5 colleagues and 60 students, they started working on a government-funded secondary school without using timetables, courses, or age groups. They learn students to manage their own learning process, starting with a simple question: What do you want to make, do or learn? And whatever the answer is, they go from there. At the moment there are 20 Agora schools in The Netherlands, Belgium by their example.
Rob has experience as a teacher, policymaker, project leader, team leader, manager, coach, facilitator, and public speaker. With his strong analytical skills, practical approach, open mind, and infectious enthusiasm he’s able to observe, give feedback, give you new ideas and solutions, and help you to deploy them.