New Mission

New Mission

My idea is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues. I’d like to see different successful schools, wherever they may be, up close. I’d like to sit down with directors and administrators. I’d like to speak with government officials who keep a pulse on the education affairs of their communities. I want to learn more about education around the globe through speaking with locals, seeing the schools, and shaking hands with the people responsible for implementing the systems. If you know of any outstanding (public or private) special needs schools in other parts of the world, I’d love to hear about them. If you know any education experts from around the world, I’d love to be introduced to them. Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas. Read more about my mission.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

NY Times Schools For Tomorrow Conference

For those who are not attending today's NY Times Schools For Tomorrow event, it is streaming live all day on their website:

Topics being covered include:
  • Perspectives on education issues from the campaign trail 
  • Global overview - Canada, Australia, Finland, Singapore
  • Economics metrics of education in the U.S. compared to abroad
  • How to increase the status and perception of the profession and attract top talent
  • Teacher salaries & merit-based pay 
  • Measuring teacher performance
  • Role of teachers' unions 
  • Chicago teachers' strike 
  • Influence of Teach For America
  • Role of federal/local government in educational reform
  • Future of education 
  • Building support structures - school mentorship, teacher-training programs, and supporting teachers to deliver better instruction
  • Changing role of the teacher  
Highlights include: 
  • David Brooks as moderator
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University Professor of Education
  • Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of the D.C. Public School System (successor to Michelle Rhee)
  • Keynote address by Aneesh Chopra, former Chief Technology Officer for the U.S. 
  • Remarks from Chancellor Dennis Walcott
If teaching, in the words of Linda Darling-Hammond, is "the profession on which all other professions depend," today's subject of how to improve that profession makes for a meaningful and worthwhile conversation.