Wednesday, November 2, 2011

World Class Education, Birth to 20: What Will it Take in Chicago and Illinois?

by Sara Slaughter, Education Program Director

The evidence is stark– U.S. students fall well behind their peers in industrialized nations. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report in 2009 ranking the U.S. 21st among 30 other industrialized countries in science achievement and 25th in math. This fall, the McCormick Foundation has partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois State Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Community Trust to launch the World Class Education Colloquium Series to examine effective strategies that can build a birth to 20 system of excellence for children of Illinois and Chicago. This three part series engages education leaders and stakeholders in dialogue with experts from nations and states that have successful systems and asks how we can adapt those policies and practices in Chicago and Illinois. The ultimate goal – based on shared learning and inquiry – is to explore priorities for the Illinois birth to 20 education system and begin to develop plans to help our children become productive, contributing citizens.
Seven Strategies for Success
We invite you to watch the video of Session 1, but in case you’re short on time, take a look at these great presentations:
  • Marc Tucker, president of the National Center on Education and the Economy, spoke about redesigning state education systems based on strategies of top-performing nations, and presented seven strategies for success;
  • Charles Pascal, professor at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, shared lessons from Ontario's quest for excellence.
Please join us for the next session set for Dec. 5. Pasi Sahlberg, a representative from Finland's education ministry, will be one of two keynote speakers. We look forward to this valuable presentation and have much to learn as Finland is ranked number one globally in math and literacy education achievement exams.

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