Curriculum and assessment in African countries

This post was originally published on International Ed News This week, we conducted a scan of education news published in the past month from countries in Africa. These articles highlight efforts to increase access and quality of education through the implementation of national curricula and assessments and through initiatives focused on teacher recruitment, salaries, and…

The Public Scholarship of Women in Education Leadership

A yearlong interview series presented by Esteem: Conversations Between Educators   This year, Esteem will publish a series of interviews that connect two compelling areas of interest. One is the AERA 2016 Conference theme of public scholarship for diverse democracies. The other is women’s leadership in education. Recently, these two areas have converged on Twitter as…

The uncertain future of school funding in Australia

In order to keep up with the education news in Australia, I check in periodically with Glenn Savage, Researcher and Lecturer in Education Policy, Melbourne Graduate School of Education at University of Melbourne. “The past few weeks have seen some wild twists and turns in the politics of Australian school funding,” Savage stated in a…

#Vietnam: Can one assessment meet the needs of all stakeholders?

Vietnamese students surprised the world recently when it was revealed that they outperformed many other advanced countries on the PISA exam. According to a recent BBC article, “the country’s 15-year-olds scored higher in reading, maths and science than many developed countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.” News of this achievement has received…

Teacher collaboration and professional development around the world

Originally posted on International Education News. Last month, at the American Educational Research Association Conference held in Chicago, I attended a presentation that offered multiple perspectives on the recent findings in the 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) report. As the OECD explains, the TALIS report asks teachers and principals who they are, where they…

#EFF13: A Twitter Chat on Educational Innovation

As I scan the Internet and Twitter for news to share with out IEN readers, I notice a growing number of twitter chats emerging on education topics. We have also attempted our own Twitter chats, such as our recent effort using #WhatsnewAERA during a symposium we conducted last month at the American Educational Researcher Association…

Principal evaluation in China and the U.S.

Originally posted on International Ed News on May 13, 2015: When principals and teachers are evaluated based on student achievement, what do they do to promote student learning? I recently spoke with Min Sun, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington, who explained that a principal’s leadership in promoting instruction might make a difference in…

Teacher autonomy in South Korea and around the world

Originally posted by International Education News on April 29, 2015: Teacher autonomy – which refers to teachers’ ability to develop their own curriculum and instruction – has sometimes been seen as a way to support teachers’ professionalism. However, in a recent conversation, Won-Pyo Hong, an Associate Professor at Yonsei University, described how teachers may not always…