Monday, March 31, 2014

Overcoming the Global Achievement Gap

Tony Wagner currently serves as an Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s new Innovation Lab. Prior to this appointment, Tony was the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, and the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade.
In America today, there is a new Achievement Gap: it is the gap between the new skills that all students need in the 21st century versus what is tested and taught even in our best schools. There is also a Learning Gap between how the Net Generation is learning and collaborating out of school versus what they do all day in classrooms. In his presentation, Tony will help educators understand these gaps and then explore the most effective strategies for preparing all students for careers, college, and citizenship in the new global knowledge society.

"For 25 years we have been talking about failing schools...we have got to get out of the shame and blame conversation and reframe the problem. The problem is not failing schools and the solution is not a few incremental reforms. The problem is a system that is fundamentally obsolete and needs reinventing not reforming"

-- read about his book The Global Achievement Gap

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