EDUCATION AND LEARNING

What It Will Take for the US to Match the Performance of Nations with the Best Education Systems?

Posted April 02, 2013, at 11:32 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: College of the Atlantic - Deering Common Community Center, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Bonnie Tai; 207-288-5015; newsworthy.com

BAR HARBOR, ME—Leading education reformer Marc Tucker will be talking at College of the Atlantic’s Deering Common Campus Center from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5. The title of his talk is, “What It Will Take for the United States to Match the Performance of the Nations with the Best Education Systems.”

Tucker is president and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy and former executive director of the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy. He is an internationally recognized leader in benchmarking the policies and practices of the countries with the best education systems in the world.

His talk at COA will discuss the way the changing dynamics of the global economy are affecting the goals of major industrial nations for the education of their children—and how other nations are redesigning education systems so as to reach those goals. Additionally, Tucker will analyze why the United States continues to fall behind the leading nations as well as what we can do to catch up.

The author of several books on education, Tucker has been a leader of the standards-driven education reform movement for many years, creating New Standards, a 23-state consortium designed to develop internationally benchmarked student performance standards and matching student examinations. He wrote the 1986 Carnegie Report, “A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century,” which called for a restructuring of America’s schools based on standards; created the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; created the Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce and co-authored its report, “America’s Choice: high skills or low wages!” In it, he called for high school certificates based on standards. Recently, Tucker edited “Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems.” Tucker was instrumental in creating the National Skill Standards Board and served as the chairman of its committee on standards and assessment policy. He currently has an appointment as a Visiting Distinguished Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

For more on the 3 p.m. Friday April 5 talk by Marc Tucker in the college’s Deering Common Community Center, south entrance, contact Bonnie Tai at btai@coa.edu, or 207-288-5015.

College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.

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TALK: Friday, April 5 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.: Marc Tucker, president and CEO of the National Center on Education on “What It Will Take for the United States to Match the Performance of the Nation with the Best Education Systems.” Tucker is the editor of “Surpassing Shanghai: An Agenda for American Education Built on the World’s Leading Systems.” Deering Common Campus Center, College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor, ME. 207-288-5015. btai@coa.edu. www.coa.edu.

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