evaluating the global education experience with influencers in global learning


OCTOBER 4, 2017

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Plans for our upcoming symposium in Paris are underway, and we are especially excited about bringing together some of the influencers in global learning. The expertise of the participants at Students and the Global Edge: Evaluating the Global Education Experience will help us develop, implement, and evaluate outcomes standards for international digital exchanges.

The discussion will include Andreas Schleicher, OECD’s Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills. OECD recognizes the need for young people across cultures to develop global competencies and will begin testing on this topic in 2018 as part of its PISA exam. The OECD report, Global competency for an inclusive world, explores how an increasingly globalized world will require young people to collaborate across cultures to solve complex issues facing their generation.

Participating as well will be Sir Michael Wilshaw, formerly Chief Inspector of Schools in England and former head of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). Sir Michael worked to reform England’s evaluation standards, advocating such innovative assessment metrics as student emotional health and preparedness for employment.

Liz Dawes Duraisingh, a principal investigator in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Out of Eden Learn program, will bring to the gathering her perspective on how an online learning community can promote cross-cultural inquiry and exchange among students throughout the world. Much of Liz’s work has focused on encouraging young people to be curious about their world and the value of exchanging stories with peers from other cultures.

The symposium will provide a forum for thoughtful discussion on best practices for defining and evaluating student outcomes in the field of digital exchange, which is the subject of our white paper. Global Cities is grateful for the many global learning leaders and organizations that share our dedication to preparing students for their future roles as world citizens.