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Thinking Slowly About Education in Singapore

Fernando Reimers | Posted 07.31.2015 | Education
Fernando Reimers

This year I was honored to be appointed the CJ Koh Visiting Professor at Singapore's National Institute of Education. In my research on how different ...

The Global Search for Education: Where are the US Jobs?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.08.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"NY and CA are not necessarily the best place for college graduates to look for a job. While these states offer many job opportunities to college gra...

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part II (from the MDGs to 2030)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The meaning of practice needs to be reinterpreted. The focus on cognitive thinking and technical skills underlying this problem-program-implementation-assessment action-framework needs to give space to a skill-set capable of actually building lasting trust and reciprocal altruism between key development actors.

The Global Search for Education: A World of Oppi-tunities!

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The Oppi Festival pops up at Leman Manhattan School in NYC on May 15 and 16. When Quincy Jones was chosen to produce "We Are The World" in 19...

Mindfulness Without Borders & The YMCA Academy: Transcendental Education for the 21st Century

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Mindfulness based education for children and teens requires specialized training, delivery, awareness, and skill. It can seem as easy as implementing one simple lesson in a classroom, but to truly hold space for the powerful development that can occur requires very special attention and skill.

The Meaning of 'Practice' in the Age of Sustainable Development: Part I (from Aristotle to the MDGs)

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 06.24.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Practice has become a key concept in the policy process. In September 2015, the United Nations will hold a summit to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meant to challenge the globe to grow economically and socially in an environmentally responsible way.

The Global Search for Education: Can You Hear the Thunder?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.06.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

If you do something well enough, if you do something often enough, you will ultimately bring about positive change. I'm convinced we are making progress.

Move Over Memorization

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 06.02.2015 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

We have to ask ourselves, now that answers to myriads of questions are a google search away, why would we measure student knowledge by an ability to regurgitate facts through multiple choice tests?

A Call for Data Literacy

Matt Rafalow | Posted 06.01.2015 | Science
Matt Rafalow

If we care about young people's privacy, we need to teach them data literacy. Schools need to provide opportunities to educate children in the politics of data, including what it means, how it can be used, and how they can exert agency over their own position as a "data point."

The Global Search for Education: Being Global - A Global Competence Certificate

C. M. Rubin | Posted 05.02.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

If we want to transform the K-12 education system to meet the needs and challenges of 21st-century citizenship and leadership, we need to ensure global learning is available for all.

Back to the Future?

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

It is my strong belief that if we, as an educational community, are to succeed in taking full advantage of our ever-evolving "21st century" tools, we first need to commit ourselves to sharpening our understanding and usage of some "20th century" (or older) educational staples.

Inspiring a World of Good Through Early-Childhood Education in Singapore

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 03.31.2015 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Wheelock was the first foreign specialized institution to work with Singaporean educators and administrators in early-childhood education and has been doing so for a quarter of a century.

Internationalizing Your Business: The Execution

Nick Jefferson | Posted 03.22.2015 | Business
Nick Jefferson

Even when a corporation is in the 'right' markets, success is far from guaranteed. Products and services need to be appropriately calibrated, and offered in a way, and at a time, that makes sense to local consumers.

At the Heart of New Ways of Working Are Trusted Communities

Ayelet Baron | Posted 02.17.2015 | Business
Ayelet Baron

A connected network knows no boundaries as it enables people internally and externally to connect around purpose and common needs and interests.

Can We Learn to Get Along?

Fernando Reimers | Posted 01.02.2015 | Education
Fernando Reimers

There is a solid base of evidence that we can draw on to support educational practices that can teach students to get along, to accept and even embrace those who are different to them.

Taking a Lesson From Malala

Fernando Reimers | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Fernando Reimers

For most of the world, advances in providing real educational opportunities are more recent, the work of visionaries who understood that Peace rested in guaranteeing every person some basic rights contingent only in their humanity.

Time Travel to the Past! Welcome to School

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

As summer turns to fall and parents are buying children their new backpacks, it is time to think of how our schools work and whether they are inspiring true learning. The schools of today are largely those of our great-grandparents.

The Global Search for Education: How to Lead Well

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.31.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

How do you they lead their people well and subsequently bring about change on a global scale? Andy Hargreaves, Alan Boyle and Alma Harris conducted an extensive seven-year global research study that focused on fifteen high-performing organizations in business, sports and education to find out the answers to these questions.

Labor Day: Upholding the Promise of Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

This Labor Day, let's remember that hardworking men and women are the backbone of our country, and let's redouble our efforts to uphold our nation's great promise to them: that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America.

Fostering Independence at Home, Using Lessons from Camp

Mitch and Stephanie Reiter | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Mitch and Stephanie Reiter

As many children head back-to-school, how can we continue to nurture self-confidence, independence and grit from the home front?

Pondering the Future of Learning

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Marcus T. Wright

The biggest question on my mind -- and I'm sure on the mind of many others -- is simply, what is the future of learning? Not necessarily education. While I think that the conversation on education has been interesting and very necessary, my focus lies on the concept of learning itself.

The Global Search for Education: Creative China

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.10.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Jiang Xueqin believes that the very best American institutions of learning have "a culture and tradition of openness, diversity, and risk-taking that China must emulate if China is to progress as a society and as a culture."

The Global Search for Education: The Middle East

C. M. Rubin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"The need for 21st century human capital is creating new pressure on the existing education systems to be effective and fully capable of catering to ...

Beyond the Bubble Test: Why We Need Performance Assessments

Linda Darling-Hammond | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Linda Darling-Hammond

Students abroad who engage in these experiences are learning to become scientists, researchers, and innovators. U.S. students will fall behind if they continue to spend their time perfecting the art of choosing one answer out of five -- a skill they will never use in the real world -- rather than engaging in more useful work.

The Global Search for Education: Head, Heart, Soul, and Frankenstein

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Education thought leaders around the world speak to the need for more innovative projects like the workshop being done this week at Teacher's College. To find out more, I reached out to the visiting teachers, students and leaders.