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I believe that entrepreneurship is not only about making innovative businesses, but it is also related to a new age mindset. At this moment in time we may easily say this is an age of uncertainty, but autonomous learners are surviving. That is why I believe that everyone should have an entrepreneurial mindset that they use to solve problems rather than sitting and waiting for the solutions. The Startup Studio is not only an entrepreneurship organization, but it has created innovative tools to teach entrepreneurial minds at any age. People who see the future as an opportunity rather than end will make the difference. The Startup Studio aligns with this vision.
Kayhan Karlı, founder of the Center for Innovative Learning | C4IL, has over twenty-eight years of experience in teaching and education management, and has been a speaker and trainer on leadership development in many schools and organizations. He has completed the Art and Practice of Leadership Development Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Executive Education. With an undergraduate degree in mathematics education, a master’s degree in education administration and PhDc in Educational Sciences Primary Education, Karlı has had ongoing experience in private schools in Turkey and abroad, starting his career as a teacher, and continuing on in general director positions at AKA Private Schools and TED Bursa Private Schools in Turkey. He has also taught at Bognor Regis Community College in the UK alongside Fulbright Exchange in the USA.
Karlı received training in the field of teacher development at Harvard University and at the University of Sussex, and has served as an instructor in the fields of teacher training and school development for international education institutions. At the same time, over the past years he has worked as an instructional coach and is currently a member of the International Coaching Federation as a professional coach. He has been a part time instructor at the Education Faculty of Bosphorus University and MEF University in Istanbul since September 2013.
Since March of 2011 he has been conducting a series of conferences and workshops on “21st Century Schools and Learning,” where he has delivered training and presentations to over thirty thousand educators on how digital technologies, globalization and cognitive research have changed schools and education.
For nearly six years Karlı was the founder and general director of the Öğretmen Akademisi Vakfı (Teachers’ Academy Foundation), which was established with the donation of Garanti Bank with a focus on individual and professional development for educators.
Karlı has established YÖM Schools in 2017 as a K-12 private school but a social enterprise. There are currently five school campuses in Istanbul and Izmir.
Karlı is experienced in the design and execution of professional development programs both nationally and internationally. In addition to the thousands of teachers who have benefitted from the workshops and Fellow Learners sessions which he has designed and implemented, he has also provided expert consulting for numerous institutions.
Based on his many accomplishments, Kayhan Karlı is an educational innovator.