Presentation on theme: "Putting the World into World-Class Education: Innovations and Opportunities Vivien Stewart Vice President, Education Asia Society."— Presentation transcript:
1 Putting the World into World-Class Education: Innovations and Opportunities Vivien StewartVice President, EducationAsia Society
2 Global Context/Economic Trends In 18 – 19th century Agricultural AgeIn 19-20th century Industrial and Scientific AgeIn 21st century Global and Digital AgeWe need to prepare students for the world of tomorrow, not the world of yesterday
3 Global Context/Economic Trends 1945 – 1990: U.S. Dominant World EconomyEurope and Japan recovering from World War IIRussia, China, India, Africa – not market economies1990: End of Cold WarMarket economies in China, Russia, IndiaWorld Trade Organization (1995)Three billion people move from closed economies into global economy
4 The Next Economy isA Science and Knowledge Economy - need scientific and technological literacyA Resource-Challenged Economy - need critical thinking about sustainable economiesA Globally Interdependent Economy - global competence is a core competenceA Demographically Diverse Economy - requires cross-cultural leadership skillsAn Innovation-Driven Economy - requires students who can learn how to learn and adapt to rapid change
5 Global Trends: Economic Percentage of World GDP200420252050IndiaIndiaIndiaChinaOtherJapanOtherOtherChinaJapanChinaUSUSEUUSEUJapanEUChina, India, Japan are expected to be 50% of world GDP within 30 years -- up from 18% in 2006.Source: Keystone India
6 Global Context/Demographic Trends Increasing diversity in our schools and workplacesIncreased populations from different parts of the world require a citizenry with increased understanding of other culturesHispanic population has grown 34% since 1995; projected to grow 73% in the next 20 yearsAsian and Pacific Islander population has grown 41%; projected to grow 86%
7 Global Context/Technology Trends “The World is Flat” Tom Friedman.Wiring of world from 1998 on means that much work can be done anywhere. 24/7 global production teams.77.6% of Americans older than age 12 are on the Internet. Similar Internet usage is found in developed countries such as South Korea, Singapore.In Japan 67%, in China 11% (143 million people) and in India, 3.5%. However, these percentages are all growing exponentially.
8 Global Context/Education Trends Access to good jobs now requires new skillsFuture careers in business, government, science, health care, law enforcement—all require greater international knowledge and skillsMinorities underrepresented in international careers—need to be exposed to international content before college
9 Global Context/National Security New national and human security challengesTerrorism, AIDS, Avian Flu, Environmental concerns all underscore need for global knowledgeUS State and Defense Departments have issued strong calls for greater proficiency in critical languages (Arabic, Korean, Farsi etc)
10 In the 21st century students will be: Selling to the worldBuying from the worldWorking for international companiesManaging employees from other countries and culturesCompeting with people on the other side of the world for jobs and marketsWorking with people all over the world in joint ventures and global work teamsSolving global problems such as AIDS, avian flu, environmental problems, and resolving conflictsARE THEY READY?
11 Challenge: Students Lack Knowledge and Skills Needed In Global Age “To compete successfully in the global marketplace, both U.S.-based multinational corporations as well as small businesses increasingly need employees with knowledge of foreign languages and cultures to market products to customers around the globe and to work effectively with foreign employees and partners in other countries.”Committee for Economic Development
12 Innovations in Schools and States Every school an international school,Every graduate globally literate.
13 What is International/Global Competence? Knowledge of other world regions, cultures, and global/international issuesSkills in communicating in languages other than English, working in global or cross-cultural environments, and using information from different sources around the worldValues of respect and concern for other cultures and peoples
14 Innovations in Schools John Stanford International SchoolPublic K-5 bilingual immersion school in SeattleStudents spend half day studying math, science, culture and literacy in either Japanese or Spanish; the other half of the day is spent learning reading, writing and social studies in EnglishPartnerships with local offices of multinational businessesOffers ESL courses for children and after-school courses for their parentsSeattle now plans 10 internationally focused schools
15 Innovations in Schools Walter Payton College Prep High SchoolDiverse school in ChicagoEvery student takes 4 years of language (Chinese, Japanese, Latin, French and Spanish)Partnerships with schools in China, France, North Africa, Japan, Switzerland, Chile, Italy and South Africa. (Videoconferences, homestays, sister schools)
16 Innovations in Schools Evanston TownshipHigh SchoolDiverse student body in suburb of ChicagoOne-year international studies requirement for graduationArea studies courses on the history, literature and art of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East and global issues coursesOngoing professional development through partnerships with local university area studies centers
17 Innovations in Schools International School of the AmericasUrban, public, magnet in San Antonio, TXEmphasis on experiential learning: Model UN. Study trips to Zacatecas, Mexico and the Heifer RanchScience Partnerships with JapanPartnerships with local teacher colleges and museumsEvery student has internship with international focus
18 Innovations in Schools Principles for Redesigning SchoolsIntegrate international content across curriculumOffer world languages, including Asian languagesUse technology to open students horizons and connect schools to schools around the worldPartner with international businesses, museums, communitiesEncourage Internationally oriented community serviceAsia Society’s International Studies Schools Network: 13 schools serving low-income students in CA, CO, NY, NC, and TX. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The mission of each ISSN school is to prepare students to be college ready and globally competent.
19 Innovations in StatesArizonaConnecticutDelawareIdahoIndianaKansasKentuckyMassachusettsMarylandMichiganNebraskaNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaOhioOklahomaPennsylvaniaRhode IslandVirginiaVermontWashingtonWisconsinWest Virginia24 states are part of the Asia Society States Network on International Education
20 Innovations in StatesDeveloping Task Forces/Reports and Statewide “Summits” to assess the status of international education (19 states)Adding international content to curriculum frameworks (11 states)Introducing state legislation (12 states)Creating international secondary schools as models for replication (7 states)Creating new educational partnerships with other countries (15 states)Initiating early language programs and expanding world language requirements (6 states)Creating new professional development institutes (17 states)Appointed international education coordinators (7 states)Adding international courses to virtual high schools (5 states)
21 Innovations in Languages Rapidly growing interest!2,400 schools want to offer AP Chinese
22 Innovations in Languages 85% of Americans believe it is important for students to learn a second language and 70% believe it should begin in elementary school.Chinese language programs in K-12 schools have increased from 200 in 2005 programs in 39 states in 2007.New APs in Mandarin, Japanese, Russian
23 ConclusionThe need for international education has never been greater.There is grassroots movement in different parts of the country, as well as growing interest at the state and federal level.Many opportunities exist for innovation at the local school district and state level.Where are the points of leverage/opportunity in West Virginia?
24 Resources for Schools Upcoming Asia Society Events: National Chinese Language ConferenceApril 17-19, 2008Washington, DCPutting the World into World-Class Education: Forum for International Education Policy and PracticeJuly , 2008
25 Resources for Schools: InternationalEd.org Featuring:Latest news in International EducationDirectory of State and National InitiativesEducation in AsiaPublicationsTeacher ResourcesPolicy ResourcesInternationalEd.orgSearchable resource lists including everything featured in this presentation