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									    Putting the World into
   World-Class Education:
Innovations and Opportunities

                                Vivien Stewart
                     Vice President, Education
                                  Asia Society
Global Context/Economic Trends

– In 18 – 19th century Agricultural Age
– In 19-20th century Industrial and
  Scientific Age
– In 21st century Global and Digital Age
We need to prepare students for the
 world of tomorrow, not the world of
 yesterday

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Global Context/Economic Trends
• 1945 – 1990: U.S. Dominant World Economy
  – Europe and Japan recovering from World War II
    • Russia, China, India, Africa – not market
      economies
• 1990: End of Cold War
  – Market economies in China, Russia, India
  – World Trade Organization (1995)
  – Three billion people move from closed
    economies into global economy
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       The Next Economy is

A Science and Knowledge Economy
 - need scientific and technological literacy

A Resource-Challenged Economy
 - need critical thinking about sustainable economies

A Globally Interdependent Economy
 - global competence is a core competence

A Demographically Diverse Economy
 - requires cross-cultural leadership skills

An Innovation-Driven Economy
 - requires students who can learn how to learn and adapt to
 rapid change
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                     Global Trends: Economic
                                                                                       Percentage of World GDP

   2004                                           2025                                      2050


                         India                                                                                         India
                         2%                                     India
                                 China                                                                                17%
                                                     Other      5%                                 Other
                              4%          Japan
       Other                                                                  China                        10%
                 20%               12%                    21%            15%
                                                                                    Japan                                        28%
                                                                               7%                    26%                                   China

  US           28%                  34%                  27%                                 US                             4%
                                           EU                           25%                                      15%
                                                   US
                                                                         EU
                                                                                                                                 Japan
                                                                                                                 EU



 China, India, Japan are expected to be 50% of world GDP within 30
 years -- up from 18% in 2006.
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Source: Keystone India
Global Context/Demographic Trends

• Increasing diversity in our schools and
  workplaces
  – Increased populations from different parts of
    the world require a citizenry with increased
    understanding of other cultures
  – Hispanic population has grown 34% since
    1995; projected to grow 73% in the next 20
    years
  – Asian and Pacific Islander population has
    grown 41%; projected to grow 86%
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   Global Context/Technology
            Trends
– ―The World is Flat‖ Tom Friedman.
– Wiring of world from 1998 on means that much
  work can be done anywhere. 24/7 global
  production teams.
– 77.6% of Americans older than age 12 are on
  the Internet. Similar Internet usage is found in
  developed countries such as South Korea,
  Singapore.
– In Japan 67%, in China 11% (143 million
  people) and in India, 3.5%. However, these
  percentages are all growing exponentially.     7
Global Context/Education Trends

• Access to good jobs now requires new
  skills
  – Future careers in business, government,
    science, health care, law enforcement—all
    require greater international knowledge
    and skills
  – Minorities underrepresented in
    international careers—need to be exposed
    to international content before college
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 Global Context/National Security

• New national and human security
  challenges
  – Terrorism, AIDS, Avian Flu, Environmental
    concerns all underscore need for global
    knowledge
  – US State and Defense Departments have
    issued strong calls for greater proficiency
    in critical languages (Arabic, Korean, Farsi
    etc)
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           In the 21st century
            students will be:
• Selling to the world
• Buying from the world
• Working for international companies
• Managing employees from other countries and
  cultures
• Competing with people on the other side of the world
  for jobs and markets
• Working with people all over the world in joint
  ventures and global work teams
• Solving global problems such as AIDS, avian flu,
  environmental problems, and resolving conflicts

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Challenge: Students Lack Knowledge
    and Skills Needed In Global Age
                          ―To compete successfully in
                             the global marketplace,
                                  both U.S.-based
                            multinational corporations
                          as well as small businesses
                                 increasingly need
                           employees with knowledge
                            of foreign languages and
                          cultures to market products
                            to customers around the
                                 globe and to work
                              effectively with foreign
                           employees and partners in
 Committee for Economic           other countries.‖    11
 Development
   Innovations in
Schools and States
 Every school an international school,
 Every graduate globally literate.

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              What is
International/Global Competence?
• Knowledge of other world regions,
  cultures, and global/international issues
• Skills in communicating in languages
  other than English, working in global or
  cross-cultural environments, and using
  information from different sources
  around the world
• Values of respect and concern for other
  cultures and peoples
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Innovations in Schools
  • John Stanford International
    School
    – Public K-5 bilingual immersion school in
      Seattle
    – Students spend half day studying math,
      science, culture and literacy in either
      Japanese or Spanish; the other half of the
      day is spent learning reading, writing and
      social studies in English
    – Partnerships with local offices of
      multinational businesses
    – Offers ESL courses for children and after-
      school courses for their parents
    – Seattle now plans 10 internationally focused
      schools
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           Innovations in Schools

• Walter Payton College Prep
  High School
  – Diverse school in Chicago
  – Every student takes 4 years of
    language (Chinese, Japanese, Latin,
    French and Spanish)
  – Partnerships with schools in China,
    France, North Africa, Japan,
    Switzerland, Chile, Italy and South
    Africa. (Videoconferences,
    homestays, sister schools)
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         Innovations in Schools

Evanston Township   – Diverse student body in suburb of
                      Chicago
   High School      – One-year international studies
                      requirement for graduation
                    – Area studies courses on the
                      history, literature and art of Asia,
                      Africa, Latin America and the
                      Middle East and global issues
                      courses
                    – Ongoing professional
                      development through partnerships
                      with local university area studies
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                      centers
          Innovations in Schools

International School of the Americas
– Urban, public, magnet in San
  Antonio, TX
– Emphasis on experiential learning:
  Model UN. Study trips to Zacatecas,
  Mexico and the Heifer Ranch
– Science Partnerships with Japan
– Partnerships with local teacher
  colleges and museums
– Every student has internship with
  international focus
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             Innovations in Schools
• Principles for Redesigning Schools
   – Integrate international content across curriculum
   – Offer world languages, including Asian languages
   – Use technology to open students horizons and connect
     schools to schools around the world
   – Partner with international businesses, museums,
     communities
   – Encourage Internationally oriented community service

• Asia Society’s International Studies Schools Network: 13 schools
  serving low-income students in CA, CO, NY, NC, and TX. Funded
  by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
• The mission of each ISSN school is to prepare students to be
  college ready and globally competent.
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           Innovations in States
                                                  Arizona
                                                  Connecticut
                                                  Delaware
                                                  Idaho
                                                  Indiana
                                                  Kansas
                                                  Kentucky
                                                  Massachusetts
                                                  Maryland
                                                  Michigan
                                                  Nebraska
                                                  New Jersey
                                                  New Mexico
                                                  New York
                                                  North Carolina
                                                  Ohio
                                                  Oklahoma
                                                  Pennsylvania
• 24 states are part of the Asia Society States   Rhode Island
                                                  Virginia
  Network on International Education              Vermont
                                                  Washington
                                                  Wisconsin
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                                                  West Virginia
             Innovations in States
• Developing Task Forces/Reports and Statewide “Summits”
  to assess the status of international education (19 states)
• Adding international content to curriculum frameworks
  (11 states)
• Introducing state legislation (12 states)
• Creating international secondary schools as models for
  replication (7 states)
• Creating new educational partnerships with other countries
  (15 states)
• Initiating early language programs and expanding world
  language requirements (6 states)
• Creating new professional development institutes (17 states)
• Appointed international education coordinators (7 states)
• Adding international courses to virtual high schools (5 states)
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     Innovations in Languages

Rapidly growing interest!
• 2,400 schools want to offer AP Chinese




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   Innovations in Languages

• 85% of Americans believe it is important
  for students to learn a second language
  and 70% believe it should begin in
  elementary school.
• Chinese language programs in K-12
  schools have increased from 200 in 2005
   500 + programs in 39 states in 2007.
• New APs in Mandarin, Japanese, Russian

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               Conclusion
• The need for international education has
  never been greater.
• There is grassroots movement in different
  parts of the country, as well as growing
  interest at the state and federal level.
• Many opportunities exist for innovation at the
  local school district and state level.
• Where are the points of leverage/opportunity
  in West Virginia?
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         Resources for Schools
• Upcoming Asia
  Society Events:
  – National Chinese
    Language Conference
     • April 17-19, 2008
     • Washington, DC

  – Putting the World into
    World-Class Education:
    Forum for International
    Education Policy and
    Practice
     • July 10 -12, 2008
     • Washington, DC
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Resources for Schools:
  InternationalEd.org
                  Featuring:

                  • Latest news in
                  International Education

                  • Directory of State and
                  National Initiatives

                  • Education in Asia

                  • Publications

                  • Teacher Resources

                  • Policy Resources
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