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Searching The World For Ed Tech Best Practices

by Lauren Camera

U.S. News & World Report

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State Lawmakers Should Look Abroad for Best Education Practices

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers urged their colleagues in state capitols across the country to take advantage of the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, to adopt some of the best practices from successful education systems around the world in order to give their own K-12 systems a much-needed facelift.

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Looking Around the Globe for Ed Tech Best Practices

There’s a world of ideas out there when it comes to ed tech adoption in K-12; legislators are encouraging school systems to learn from the best practices of their cohorts in other countries. A group of lawmakers from 28 states have spent the past two years traveling around the globe to study best practices in countries that include Canada, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, Shanghai, Singapore and Taiwan. What could your school system learn from these countries?

It’s easy to be ethnocentric and singularly focused on educational issues within your own state and, certainly, within the boundaries of the U.S. But, as these lawmakers have found, there’s much to learn from school systems around the globe. Their report indicates that math is the area where the most gains could be made, but there are other areas in which U.S. schools could adopt some best practices from countries that are achieving better results. Some specific areas of focus include more attention to early childhood education, redesigning teacher prep programs and reviving career and technical education.