Global Perspectives on Education: What Works and What’s Next

Greater Houston has become known nationwide for its innovative schools and initiatives – home of four Broad Prizes for urban education, three high-performing charter networks, and scores of valuable public-private partnerships.  Yet a stubborn problem persists: An alarmingly low percentage of our public school students are achieving at levels that put them on track for success beyond high school.
In this year’s series, we explore two paths forward: doing better – refining and improving our existing schools and systems – and doing differently – rethinking the definition and purpose of school in the 21st century. To do this, we’ll look at high-performing exemplars at home and abroad, dive deep into the research to learn what really impacts student success, and explore bold new models for leveraging technology for learning.
You are invited to be our guest at this year’s series of free, public lectures. We hope you will join us for these though-provoking events, hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and sponsored by Chevron.
View videos and summaries from 2013-14 speakers


Current Series

The Smartest Kids in the World - and How They Got That Way


Journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author

Ripley looks for students who are engaged in the work, teachers who have time to prepare and collaborate, and school administrators who prioritize helping teachers improve their craft.

Visible Learning: The Surprising Research Behind What Works in Education


Visible Learning Plus Consultant, Cognition Education, Auckland, New Zealand

At Visible Learning Plus, JAYNE-ANN YOUNG works alongside John Hattie to ensure that schools around the globe focus their limited resources and energy not just on what works – but on what works best.

Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World


Education advocate, venture capitalist, former Gates Foundation education chief

In the nation’s leading edge schools, blended learning – which leverages technology to enhance and expand the impact of traditional resources like teachers and books – is ubiquitous.

Next Generation Schools: Breakthrough Models in STEM and Personalized Learning


Deputy Director, Next Generation Learning Challenges

Free Public Breakfast Lecture Friday, April 10, 2015 8 – 10 a.m.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Previous Speakers

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