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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 21, 2013

Using Fair Comparisons to Stimulate School Improvement in Australia

Barry McGaw discusses the implementation of a national curriculum, customized student testing, and an online school assessment tool designed to stimulate system-wide improvement in Australia.

October 11, 2013

Tutorial Networks in Mexican Public Schools

Gabriel Cámara discusses the power of tutorial networks in changing instructional practice and shaping national elementary and middle-grades education policy in Mexico.

October 10, 2013

Developing and Supporting Teachers Around the World

Ann Lieberman shares international examples of education policies designed to connect teachers to the supports they need in their daily practice.

October 09, 2013

Achieving Expert Instruction on a Large Scale

Stephen Anderson discusses conditions that promote high quality teaching on a large scale.

October 08, 2013

Leading and Managing Instructional Improvement

James Spillane discusses the importance of diagnosis and design in leading and managing instructional improvement.

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