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Typical comparisons of schools in the United States to those in other countries ignore critical factors and overlook potential lessons learned. But here's a book that reveals what the best schools from around the world are doing to educate students for a rapidly changing innovation-based world. Find out that American education has not "gotten worse," how other countries are rapidly improving, and what all educators can learn from these breakthrough new educational approaches. Surveying the policies and assessment results from multiple countries around the globe, Vivien Stewart brings you up-to-date on
- How the U.S. education system fares against emerging international standards of excellence.
- Major global trends that are transforming the skills students need and changing the shape of the global talent pool.
- The policies and practices of the world’s best-performing education systems.
- Common success factors that cut across these high-performing systems.
- Lessons that these high-performing systems hold for the United States.
Find out how careful policy choice and effective implementation are advancing best practices in critical areas such as 21st century teaching, leadership, and technology, and are successfully modernizing curriculum, instruction, and assessment. What the world’s best school systems show is that substantial improvement is possible, that excellence and equity are attainable, and that there are lots more evidenced-based options than you’ve been told.
(ASCD Premium Member book, February 2012) 6" x 9", 190 pages.
Also available as an E-Book!
Read Bill Gates's review
of ASCD's A World-Class Education: Learning from International Models of Excellence and Innovation
posted on TheGatesNotes.com
blog on October 30, 2012.
Book Reviews of A World-Class Education: Learning from International Models of Excellence and Innovation
"Vivien Stewart circumnavigates the globe, distilling the systemic education success strategies of top countries into a compelling and practical guide for discussion. This book is a great springboard for education policy discussions at the district, state, and national levels about the decisions that will impact students of today."
—Jennifer Manise, Executive Director, Longview Foundation for Education in World Affairs
"No one is better qualified than Vivien Stewart to write about what Americans can learn from other countries with successful education systems and, just as important, how we can actually incorporate these lessons into our own teaching and learning. A copy of this book should be chained to the desk of every U.S. education policymaker at the local, state, and national levels."
—Edward B. Fiske, former education editor for The New York Times
"I think it’s refreshing to finally read a book that spells out exactly what Singapore and Finland, and other 'high-performing' countries, are doing differently. In well-written case studies, [Stewart] looks at Singapore, two Canadian provinces, Finland, China, and Australia, narrating how each country patiently and persistently improved their education system. Each vignette is a compelling read."
—Dave Orphal, teacher, Oakland, CA