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Dr. Edwin H. Gragert is Director, Global Campaign for Education-US. GCE-US is a coalition of national and local organizations working to ensure a quality education for all worldwide.

Formerly, he was Executive Director of iEARN-USA. Since 1988, iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) has pioneered the educational use of innovative communications technology and teacher professional development to facilitate on-line collaborative project-based learning in elementary and secondary schools in 130 countries worldwide.

He served as the Executive Director of ICYE-US, an international high school and community service youth exchange program and also served on the staff of the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ed received a BA in Japanese political science from the University of Washington and an MA in Korean History from Columbia University. His PhD at Columbia was in Japanese history, focusing on landownership changes under Japanese colonial administration in the early 20th century. "Landownership Under Colonial Rule: Korea's Japanese Experience," was published by Columbia and the University of Hawaii in 1994.

Entries by Ed Gragert

Fathers Educating and Empowering Daughters

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 1:15 PM

As a parent, that awesome moment 28 years ago when my daughter was born is forever etched in my memory. For months before her birth, her education was one of the paramount issues in planning for her childhood and beyond. I, like fathers everywhere, wanted her to have every opportunity...

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Cognitively Creative, Globally Experienced -- And Privileged

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 3:03 AM

I'm one of the privileged few. I had the chance to travel abroad as an exchange student at the age of 17 during a "gap" year between high school and college. That year changed my life and set me on a career path in the field of global education.

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Education for All Often Means Education for Some

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 9:50 AM

I struggled to understand as Hanan Aly told her story in halting English of her difficult struggle to get an education in Egypt as a deaf young person. It was summer vacation when Hanan was 7 that she lost all hearing due to an illness. When she returned to school...

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Who Is Your Shero?

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:46 PM

With the passing of Nelson Mandela, I've been thinking a lot about heroes. As a college student activist in the 1960s' anti-apartheid movement in the U.S., I and so many others looked to him as the epitome of what a hero is: Someone who acts out of courage for principles...

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Making Education for All a Priority in the US - Toward a Tipping Point

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 11:09 AM

On July 22, 2013, a bipartisan piece of Legislation, the Education for All Act of 2013 (H.R. 2780) was introduced in the US House of Representatives. The bill calls for the United States "... to commit sufficient resources in developing countries, including in countries affected or emerging from armed conflict...

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A New Education Post-2015 MDG: All Children Learning

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 5:08 PM

It's well documented that the first 1,000 days of a child's life is developmentally critical. No less so for the last 1,000 days of the life of a Millennium Development Goal (MDG). With less than 1,000 days before the end of the current MDGs, we are...

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Building Global Competency and Helping to Reach Education for All Through Games and Apps

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 11:19 AM

"Why aren't the boys required to leave school to fetch water?" It's just one of the questions about gender, clean water and access to education that kids are asking when they play a new free digital game called "Get Water." In the game, a fictional girl Maya...

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Building Hope Through Education

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 2:35 PM

In the opening of the Nobelity Project's award-winning documentary Building Hope, about education in Kenya, filmmaker Turk Pipkin makes an observation while working to provide electricity to a community's primary school: once students completed their primary education, there was nowhere for them to go....

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Daring Actions for Girls' Education

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 3:37 PM

Daring. This is a word most people associate with jumping out of planes or difficult rescue missions, but 14-year old Malala Yousafzai is asking for an education -- and not just an education for herself, but also for the 32 million girls her age or younger in her...

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World Class Teachers for All: Part of the Answer to 61 Million Out of School Youth

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 3:00 PM

Millions of students across the U.S. will start heading back to school in upcoming weeks, excited about a new school year and looking forward to seeing last year's friends again after three months of summer vacation. Discussions will focus on the weight of their backpacks, the amount of technology they...

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Linking US Global Competence With Education Globally

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 12:02 PM

Statistics can be deadly. In some cases, this can be literally true when it comes to career and health opportunities. Today 61 million young people around the world are not in school, 793 million adults worldwide cannot read these words (64% of whom are women) and 25% of...

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Internationalizing University Education

(2) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 10:26 AM

Recently a faculty member from a mid-west university called me, saying, "I teach a semester of Modern Latin American History, yet none of my students interacts with anyone from Latin America during the entire course. Can you help us?"

Increasingly, university faculty are realizing that learning "about" the world must...

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America's Educational Exceptionalism

(11) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 10:29 AM

Worldwide, "global education" is simply known as "education." In contrast, the United States education system resists the idea that teacher and students need to learn about and engage with their peers worldwide.

US policy-makers range from being ambivalent to completely freaked-out about global education and collaboration in the classroom. The...

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Global Competency Through International Interaction and Education

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 2:06 PM

The world is capturing our national attention like no other time in recent years. From the natural disaster devastation in Japan to the global economic crisis and the human uprisings in the MENA region, every part of U.S. society is visibly being impacted by world events. These occurrences have again...

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Engage The World: Effective Networking for Global Awareness and Global Education

(6) Comments | Posted May 19, 2010 | 2:54 PM

A year ago last June in an historic speech in Cairo, Egypt, President Obama expressed his desire to "create a new online network, so a young person in Kansas can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo."

To make real the President's vision, an opportunity exists for his administration...

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