Thinking Schools, Learning Nation: Lessons from Singapore


Wednesday, February 19, 2014 8:00 am to 10:00 am


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX 77005

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Ee-Ling Low

Ee-Ling LowHead, Office of Academic Quality Management
Associate Professor, English Languages & Literature
National Institute of Education, Singapore

8 a.m.: Breakfast and Registration
8:30 - 10 a.m.: Program

When Singapore became independent in 1965, it was a poor tropical island with few natural resources and no compulsory education; today, it is a gleaming global hub of trade and finance. The country’s transformation from third to first world in a single generation is one of Asia’s great success stories – a change paralleled and supported by the development of its schools. Characterized by strong centralized governance and educator training, Singapore’s 360 public schools are exceptionally responsive to the national vision for educational excellence. At the heart of this vision is the National Institute of Education, Singapore’s only institution for teacher and school leader training, where the country’s best and brightest are rigorously developed.

EE-LING LOW heads the office of Academic Quality Management at Singapore’s National Institute of Education and is also an Associate Professor of English Language & Literature. Internationally respected as a pedagogical leader, she has held teaching and research positions at top universities in six countries. She also is a distinguished scholar of English linguistics and phonetics.

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