Top of the Class Newsletter

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw The most recent international survey of adult skills from the OECD included a measure of "problem solving in technology-rich environments". According to the OECD, this includes using digital technology, communication tools, and networks to acquire and...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw Top-performing systems realize the importance of deploying their teachers wisely. That’s why Japan, South Korea and Singapore rotate teachers’ school assignments periodically. This allows teachers to work with and learn from a broad range of their peers, experience...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the seventh of NCEE's series of conversations on critical topics in education and innovation, Anthony Mackay discusses the future of learning with Michael Stevenson, senior advisor to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) program at the...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   In Shanghai, even the physical layout of schools is set up to encourage teachers to work together in professional collaboration. In fact, according to NCEE's Empowered Educators study, the structure of Chinese schools "creates an expectation of joint...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   In 2006 Ontario, Canada realized that in nearly a fifth of the elementary schools in the province, more than half of students scored below the provincial standard in math, reading and writing. In response, the province...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   Teachers in these top-performing systems see themselves as trained researchers who can diagnose student needs, try out new practices, and assess their impact on student learning. While a few select programs in the United States also...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Bob Rothman Leaders from Maryland and national education experts lauded a blueprint for education reform released by a 25-member Maryland commission and said it could vault the state into global leadership in education performance and serve as a...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the sixth of NCEE's series of conversations on critical topics in education and innovation, Anthony Mackay sits down with Rebecca Winthrop, senior fellow and director of the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. In her...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   Many Americans believe that comparisons between performance of students in the United States and other countries are unfair or irrelevant because top-performing countries are homogeneous while the U.S. is uniquely diverse. Yet the latest release from...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text] by Jennifer Craw   The most socio-economically advantaged students in the United States and in Hong Kong performed at about the same level on collaborative problem solving skills on PISA 2015. However, the most disadvantaged students in the U.S. performed...