DR. JANE VELLA
MENTOR. WRITER. RETIREE (AND LOVING IT).
Founder of Dialogue Education™ and
Global Learning Partners, Inc.
Join us in 2021 for a celebration of Jane’s 90th birthday!
Jane Vella was born in 1931 and raised in New York City, a daughter to an Italian immigrant family. Drawn to a vocation in the Catholic Church, Jane became a Maryknoll Sister in 1950.
Jane went to Tanzania in 1956 and spent her formative years in education teaching in various settings for the next 25 years. She taught at the Institute of Education at the University of Dar es Salaam from 1968 to 1973. Her teaching there brought her into contact with Sally Timmel and Ann Hope who developed the Training for Transformation program, Julius Nyerere, visionary and former President of Tanzania, and Paulo Freire, a legendary advocate for the democratization of learning in South America. Freire’s work has inspired adult educators around the world.
In 1977 Jane left Maryknoll and returned to the US. She took up a program of study at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she completed her doctorate in Adult Education, doing research entitled Community Education for Development. She began teaching at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Jane started the Jubilee Popular Education Center in 1981. As a training entrepreneur, Jane took the best of her experience and study of formal and participatory education and developed a series of training courses. The principles and practices of Dialogue Education™ outlined then are the foundation of today’s GLP courses. Many men and women all over the world learned how to use dialogue in the design and management of adult education programs. Over time Jane trained several graduates of her courses to become “Master Teachers,” able to take on teaching her courses independently. In 1998 Jubilee became Global Learning Partners, Inc.
In early 2000 Jane Vella, at the age of 69, was committed to research and retirement. GLP had high quality, much sought-after courses and a community of Certified Teachers who were committed to Dialogue Education. That summer Peter Noteboom, already a GLP Master Teacher and Connie Kuipers (now also a “Certified Teacher” – after a change of terminology in 2002) assumed ownership of Global Learning Partners. Jane is honored as the Founder of GLP.
Jane is a budding pianist, an earnest kayaker (quiet lakes only!), an enthusiastic opera fan, an avid reader, and a relentless lover of her home. She welcomes students and friends to the back porch – any season of the year! Her current work is leisurely philosophizing on education, music, friendship and life. For this she used to keep a bi-monthly journal and now writes for GLP’s Speaking of Dialogue blog.
A COLLECTION OF WORKS BY JANE VELLA
- Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach
- Training Through Dialogue: Promoting Effective Learning and Change with Adults
- How do They Know They Know? Evaluating Adult Learning (with Paula Berardinelli and Jim Burrow)
- Taking Learning to Task: Creative Strategies for Teaching Adults
- Dialogue Education at Work: Case Studies (with Associates)
- On Teaching and Learning: Putting the Principles and Practices of Dialogue Education into Action
Go to the Books page for more information on Jane Vella’s published books.
- Promoting Dialogic Teaching Among Higher Education Faculty in South Africa
- A Biography of Dr. Jane Vella: Twelve, Seven, Six, Six
- Building Community through Adult Learning Principles & Practices
- Basic Field Guide to Christian Dialogue Education
- Paulo Freire & Jane Vella: From Theory to Accessibility
- Unlocking Chilean Communities by Training
- More Than a Conversation: Using Aspects of Dialogue to Improve Academic Advising
- The Death of the Professor: the Case for Dialogue Education
- Learner-Centered Education to Improve Fruit & Vegetable Intake in WIC
- Quality Dialogue Education: A Checklist
- Whence depth
- Dialogue Education Essentials – Laughter
- Dialogue Education Essentials – Safety
- Dialogue Education Essentials – Verbs
- Dialogue Education Essentials – The Right Bit of What for the When
- Dialogue Education Essentials – Well Researched Content
- Teacher as Neuroplastician?
- Inclusion Means All
- How to Stop Dialogue and How to Make Dialogue Thrive
- Evaluating Adult Learning as Seasonal Change
- The Praxis of Dialogue
- Please do Not Disturb
- Play it Again, Sam
- Excellent Engagement
- Cognitive, Affective, Psychomotor
- School of the 80s
- The Fourfold Framework Called Dialogue Education
- Don’t tell what you can ask
- A Delightful Epiphany
- Creating the System; We Make the Road by Walking
- Tracing, from Decision back to Principles and Practice
- Conversations on the Back Porch: Learning Designs and Spontaneity
- Conversations on the Back Porch: The Seven Steps of Design
- Conversations on the Back Porch: Safety First!
- Conversations on the Back Porch: The Learning Needs and Resource Assessment
- Leader as Teacher: Voice of America with Teaching Horse
- A Simple System – unpublished article
- Ecological Spirituality – workshop
- A Spirited Epistemology – published article
- Lose the Podium – published article
- Quantum Learning: Teaching as Dialogue – published article
- Respecting Learners in their Unique Cultures – published article
- The Power of Dialogue in Adult Learning – published article
- Teachers as Agents of Change: Preparing for Global Citizenship – keynote address