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Cross-posted on Education Week I recently read with horror of students in South Korea who arrive at school early by American standards, stay through lunch and dinner, and don't get home until after midnight. This is their regular routine! Little wonder, I thought, that they score...

In a report released last December, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides countries with a toolbox of strategies to develop a policy framework for improving the quality of early childhood education and care (ECE). Starting Strong III: A Quality Toolbox for Early Education...

[caption id="attachment_8542" align="alignright" width="221" caption="A World-Class Education: Learning from International Models of Excellence and Innovation (ASCD, 2012)"][/caption] Vivien Stewart is a mistress of deception.  In A World-Class Education: Learning from International Models of Excellence and Innovation, she distills a lifetime of astute observation into a slim...

[caption id="attachment_8602" align="alignright" width="138" caption="Tony Mackay, Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic Education"][/caption] This month, the International Advisory Board welcomed Tony Mackay as their newest member. Mackay is the Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic Education, Melbourne, Australia and Deputy Chair of Australian Curriculum,...

[caption id="attachment_8265" align="alignright" width="400" caption="Pasi Sahlberg, Director General of CIMO at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture; Vivien Stewart, Senior Advisor for Education at the Asia Society; and Lee Sing Kong, Director of the National Institute of Education in Singapore"][/caption] On March 9, 2012, Vivien...

Cross-posted from Education Week Issues of teacher quality are very much front and center on the American education reform agenda.  In fact, there is broad agreement among the leading industrial nations that teacher quality is a primary determinant of student achievement. But that is where the...