Why We Don’t Have the Smartest Kids (or Best Schools) in the World

by Rebecca Bauer When I began reading The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley, I had no idea that a book could be so inspiring and depressing at the same time. After discovering America’s average scores on the international PISA tests, Ripley started to wonder what factors contributed to a country’s success. Why … Continue reading “Why We Don’t Have the Smartest Kids (or Best Schools) in the World”

We Truly Are All in this Character Effort Together

Earlier this month, I was honored to speak, facilitate, and moderate several sessions at the Global Peace Foundation’s third annual International Summit on Character & Creativity in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There, I shared an abbreviated version of our 11 Principles training, put in the context of transforming school social climate and culture, adapted to fit … Continue reading “We Truly Are All in this Character Effort Together”

The OCHO Project: Read for a Need–Teaching Children to Help Others

By Marilyn Perlyn The OCHO Project: Read for a Need(Opportunities for Children to Help Others) exposes children to the joys of reading while teaching them that they can help others less fortunate than themselves. It is an elementary school program in which students embark on a 6-8 week literacy journey that is infused with eighteen … Continue reading “The OCHO Project: Read for a Need–Teaching Children to Help Others”

International Comparisons

We’ve all been hearing about great educational systems of nations such as Finland and Japan. If you haven’t yet seen “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” unveiled recently at an event attended by Secretary Duncan, John Merrow’s blog post provides a succinct summary of insights and a link to the report itself. It’s worth taking … Continue reading “International Comparisons”

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