Want to compete with Finland, Singapore, Shanghai, and the rest of the world’s top-performing school systems? Invest in teachers. Teacher quality was one of several hallmarks discussed by Andreas Schleicher, who as Director of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Achievement (PISA), is the architect of the world’s best-known study on international school quality.  Schleicher…

For many who wonder how Asian countries came to dominate international educational rankings, whole-child development wouldn’t be a first guess. Yet in a landscape of systems widely believed to rely on long hours, intensive tutoring and exhaustive drills, Singapore places a high priority on students’ holistic development – mental, emotional, social, physical, spiritual and aesthetic….

Hundreds of Houstonians turned out to support quality education for local students at Houston A+ Challenge’s fifth annual Power of the Network benefit dinner, held on Tuesday, November 19 at River Oaks Country Club.  More than $125,000 was raised to promote quality and innovation in Houston schools. Co-Chairs Beth Wolff and Ed Wolff welcomed the…

What does it mean for a student to be ready for success after high school?  And what must schools on both ends of the pipeline do to ensure that each student achieves his or her full potential? With nearly 20 local school districts and community colleges participating, Gulf Coast Partners Achieving Student Success, or GC…

A great education for every child is possible – and data suggests that the U.S. and many countries around the world could reach that high bar by strengthening teacher professionalism and focusing more attention on the unique learning needs of each student. This was the main idea of a lecture by Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, Director General…

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