New Mission

New Mission

My mission is to explore how other countries around the world are dealing with education and special education issues.

I would like to visit and observe different types of schools that have proven records of success, wherever those schools may be. I would like to meet with school directors and administrators, government officials, leaders in the business world, and others who are responsible for implementing education systems or otherwise connected to education to learn more about how education is being addressed in their communities.

If you know of any remarkable schools in other parts of the world (especially special needs schools), please let me know about them. If you know of any education experts who are engaged in remarkable work in this field, please introduce me to them.

Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts or ideas regarding the above. Read more about my mission here.

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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.