"You need to lead the community, and you need to follow the community."
Drawing from her experience as Chancellor of DC Public Schools (“the best job in the world”), Teach For America alumna Kaya Henderson reflected on the benefits and challenges of leading change from inside the education system in a keynote address at the Teach For All Global System Change Conference in Santiago, Chile on April 4.
"What can we do classroom by classroom, school by school, to prove that every child from every community can succeed in school and succeed in life as well as any child in any other community?"
Sahar Machmouchi grew up in rural Lebanon challenging societal expectations all the way to her master’s degree. Now she hopes her students can do the same.
Teach For India recently debuted an arresting new campaign designed to raise awareness of educational inequity in India and expand the program’s reach. Using a spare yet powerful narrative and compelling black and white images, A Story of Truth and Hope tells the Teach For India story in a way that's simple, beautiful, and easily shared.
In late November, the First Lady of Peru, Nadine Heredia, wife of President Ollanta Humala, joined the Vice Minister of Education and the Regional Government of Arequipa on a visit to the San Juan Apóstol School on the outskirts of Arequipa. Through this visit, the First Lady and the Vice Minister hoped to witness the impact that EnseñaPerú is generating in this community.
Recent headlines around the world feature a hotly contested debate about how societies should educate their youth for the global economy. On Tuesday, December 3, Shanghai's school system was named best in the world by OECD, and the United States came in slightly below average among industrialized nations. These results shined a spotlight on the relative strengths and weaknesses of education systems in China, the US, and countries around the world, but when the stakes are excellence and equity in education, pitting nations against each other is taking a narrow view.