Registration is still open for this new workshop series hosted by our Studies in Educational Innovation team! Join SEI's global education experts as they explore how schools around the world approach education for 21st Century Global Capacities and how this translates into transformative change. After checking out the workshop descriptions below, head here to register for one, all, or any combination of workshops in this series. We hope to see you there!
What sparked your interest in education? How did you end up working with CPET?
I found an interest in education in the early 1980s. Traveling with my dad (who was a school superintendent at the time), we often visited an old Northern California mining community that had no municipal electric or phone service -- but they had a vibrant one room school house. From those interactions, I developed a curiosity about the role of education in our daily lives.
I found out about CPET by luck! I came to TC in 2008 to teach full-time and begin my doctoral work. A few years later, I joined a social studies coaching project in the Bronx, and I have been involved ever since.
A few weeks ago, we hosted speakers and participants from around the world for the second annual Global Learning Alliance conference at Teachers College. This year’s conference focused on the central theme, “What in the world are schools doing to cultivate 21st century capacities, and why does this matter?” Over 200 people joined us to begin to answer how to effectively empower students with the knowledge, skills, and capacities to engage in our increasingly connected world. We’d like to thank all of our speakers and presenters from universities and K-12 schools from Finland, Canada, Australia, Singapore, China and the U.S. for their participation and look forward to future collaborations!
This week's featured GLA speaker is Dr. Suzanne Choo, a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, and one of the co-founders of CPET's Studies in Educational Innovation. She currently acts as Assistant Professor in the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, in Singapore. In 2013, she published her latest book: Reading the World, the Globe, and the Cosmos.
At this year's conference, Dr. Choo will speak alongside Dr. Manu Kapur and Dr. Wen Chee Chung about curricula innovations in Singapore in the areas of English, Math and Science. She will focus on bilingual education, and will discuss Singapore's holistic approach to language learning, as well as how this strategy furthers students' literacy skills.
To attend this and other offerings at #GLA2014, click here to register by March 31st.
This week we're featuring two #GLA2014 speakers: Alexandra Fallon, Chief Operating Officer of mSchools, and Joel Rose, CEO and Founder of New Classrooms. At mSchools, Alexandra works with schools and communities to create state of the art learning labs and blended microSchools. In his work at New Classrooms, Joel works to design instructional models that help teachers personalize learning to the needs of each student.
They will present alongside each other at this year's GLA on blended, design, and game-based learning, and will share their expertise on how their partnerships allow them to accelerate student learning while reducing the administrative burden of implementing blended learning programs. For a preview of their work, check out the video below:
This week's #GLA2014 featured speaker is Juliette LaMontagne, Ed.D., who is not only a former Teachers College professor, but a TED Fellow and the founder of Breaker - where her mission is to drive social innovation by mobilizing interdisciplinary teams of young creative collaborators.
At the GLA, Juliette will draw on her work at Breaker, and share how the difficulties found in "messy collaboration" can serve as a great point of departure for deep learning and truly innovative change. The idea for this creative problem-solving process began with LaMontagne's personal experiences in teaching. She noticed, time and again, that the most effective learning strategies often involved extra-curricular activities. The interaction and hands-on approach simply stuck better than more traditional methods. Breaker arose from the desire to focus and intensify these results and establish a model for education in the real world.
Watch below to hear her talk more about alternative design learning, and register for this year's GLA conference to attend her presentation and other offerings!
In anticipation of the 2014 Global Learning Alliance, we'll be featuring GLA keynote speakers & topics each week. This week: Jaime Casap, Global Learning Evangelist at Google. Watch his TED Talk on education's power to disrupt the cycle of poverty below!
To attend Jaime's presentation & other offerings at the GLA, register here.
Publication: Teachers College Research/Publications
Date: December 17, 2013
Summary: A Teachers College initiative is sharing approaches and strategic practices from the world’s top school systems
Excerpt:"It is so urgent to look at schools around the world and use our observations to inform our own work – not by replicating what other nations do, but by repurposing their ideas and practices to fit our own culture,” Sawch says. “SEI is bringing together the world’s most successful school districts to work together in what we think of as ‘coopetition,’ – everyone trying to get even better -- and our research has informed that work."
Read the full article at Teachers College.
On Wednesday, October 16th, SEI convened approximate 50 school leaders both here and abroad to share case studies of transformational change at the district and classroom level; in particular, system-wide efforts to cultivate 21st century capacities, such as risk-taking, entrepreneurship, collaboration and real-world problem-solving across grades and disciplines. District leaders from Scarsdale, NY, Westport, CT, Weston, CT and Helsinki, Finland provoked and inspired with detailed portraits of their efforts to affect change in their districts in their approaches to vision setting, assessments, professional learning communities, community engagement, and student/teacher innovation through bold and unconventional pilot projects that disrupted the boundaries of the classroom.
Join SEI for a private luncheon discussion on creating district-wide transformative change, and engaging K-12 schools in global capacities. The event will include presentations and discussions featuring district leaders from SEI partner schools, including: Scarsdale, Weston, and Westport Public Schools.
For a detailed list of event activities, please view the program below. If you'd like to attend, RSVP here by September 30th.