Around the World in 30 Days — November 2014
Nov30

Around the World in 30 Days — November 2014

  C. M. Rubin’s global education report from the UK, Puerto Rico and Pakistan. In November, I continued my conversations with world leaders on the frontiers of education reform. Each of this month’s leaders dealt with situations that seemed unmanageable: from entrenched gender stereotypes to impoverished conditions. But by following alternate routes and proposing new self-images, all three were able to foster...

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The Global Search for Education: What’s the News from Pakistan?
Nov24

The Global Search for Education: What’s the News from Pakistan?

“A major factor of our success has been improved management at every level. We had good, focused attention from the chief minister and a really good team of officials in Lahore.” — Sir Michael Barber I had the pleasure of talking to Sir Michael Barber (Chief Education Advisor, Pearson) who is a leading authority on education systems and education reform. Barber’s recently published report, The Good News from...

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The Global Search for Education: What do Finland and Puerto Rico Have in Common?
Nov14

The Global Search for Education: What do Finland and Puerto Rico Have in Common?

“Prompted by the Global Search for Education series, a survey was designed and responses were obtained from 53 female and 78 male students at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus, with the aim of exploring gender perceptions.”— Hector Rosario and Dan McGee When gender perceptions and negative stereotypes towards women in mathematics and science are non-existent, the gender gap in performance seems to...

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The Global Search for Education: By Schools for Schools – From the UK
Nov12

The Global Search for Education: By Schools for Schools – From the UK

“By Schools for Schools starts from a different set of assumptions. In essence, it builds on the idea that within schools and the communities they serve, there are untapped resources that can be mobilized in order to transform schools from places that do well for many children to ones that can reach out to all.” — Mel Ainscow The Greater Manchester Challenge was a three-year initiative to improve the performance of...

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Hard, Soft or In Between?
Nov05

Hard, Soft or In Between?

Uplifting Leadership: How Organizations, Teams, and Communities Raise Performance – a book review by C. M. Rubin What happens when you create a productive tension between HARD (persistent, challenging, competitive, data-driven, short-term) and SOFT (creative, collaborative, people centered, organic, long-term)? A groundbreaking new book, Uplifting Leadership, doesn’t just hypothesize that such an uncommon balance can turn...

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