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November 01, 2013

Leading Educational Change: International Perspectives

Helen Janc Malone closes the International Perspectives on Education Reform Blog with a call for collective action and a comprehensive approach to educational change.

October 31, 2013

The Finnish Paradox

Pasi Sahlberg explores a central role play has inside and outside the school context as a foundation for positive child development.

October 30, 2013

Tensions and Paradoxes in Singapore's Education System

Pak Tee Ng discusses how two secondary education admission policy changes are raising questions about fair assessments and holistic education. As Ng states, "On one hand, we send signals to broaden the definition of success. On the other hand, we may have inadvertently set up more areas for competition." As he further explains, "education reform is seldom, if ever, merely an education issue. It is deeply entwined with societal culture... The debate is a process of national soul searching about what education really means to us as a society."

October 28, 2013

Consolidation, Not Innovation: Successful Educational Reform at Scale

Alma Harris opens the last blog week with a discussion about what it takes to scale up system-wide reform. She writes, "Looking at those countries that have achieved successful reform at scale, the two success criteria are firstly, adequate time and secondly, fidelity of implementation." As she concludes, "Scaling up has to involve more than the spread of new materials, new ideas, or new strategies; it must also involve the spread of underlying beliefs, norms, and principles. This takes time, resilience, determination, and persistence."

October 27, 2013

Whole System Change

Helen Janc Malone introduces the final blog week with a theme "whole system change."

October 14, 2013

Schools Know More Than They Use

Mel Ainscow explains that efforts to foster greater equity within education systems must start with the sharing of expertise, within and between schools.

October 04, 2013

Mindful Teaching With Technology

Dennis Shirley discusses how infusion of technology exposes how little control educators have over teaching and learning. Shirley calls for "mindful teaching with technology," conversations within and across the teaching profession about when and how we should use new technologies or avoid them altogether.

October 03, 2013

Be Careful What You Wish For

Yong Zhao examines the Chinese struggle with students' academic overload and the two important lessons American education reformers can draw from the Chinese test-oriented culture.

October 02, 2013

PISA Learning, Not PISA Topping

Andy Hargreaves addresses four lessons of international benchmarking that are practical and desirable for the U.S. education reform.

October 01, 2013

National Standards Are No Longer Enough

Andreas Schleicher, who oversees the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) at OECD, discusses the impact PISA has had on education policy and what we have learned about high performing systems.

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