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Education World Forum 2013: Policy making for Quantity, Quality and Impact

In just a couple of days, the city of London will be home again to one of the world’s most significant education events: the Education World Forum (EWF). Once more, the city will warmly receive about 480 delegates, including over 100 Ministers of Education, leaders of International, for Profit and Non-for Profit Organizations, Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Practitioners from around the world, all gathering to address the big challenge of making education accessible, equitable, and relevant.

Over a period of four days (Jan 27-30), the delegates will engage in a variety of panel discussions, workshops and activities that will allow them not only to share experiences and policies, but also to exchange genuine and valuable lessons learned through the process of national education reform and system transformation. The event is hosted by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the British Council. Through the Global Education team, Cisco is proudly contributing to this event as one of their Platinum Sponsors with a significant presence in the Forum’s agenda and exhibitions:

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ATC21S Consortium at London Education World Forum

How we live, work, play and learnhas been dramatically transformed by technology over the past 20 years. We need different skills today than we did in the 20th century, and educational institutions have a critical role to play in developing those skills. But by and large, primary and secondary schools have not kept pace with the changing skill sets that students need to succeed. In fact, there’s nothing broad-based in place right now to determine whether our schools are doing well at teaching these skills. Governments as well as schools need to know what works and what doesn’t.

Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. unveiled plans in January 2008 to sponsor a project to research and develop new approaches, methods and technologies for measuring the success of 21st-century teaching and learning in classrooms around the world. The Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S) project is focused on defining those skills and developing ways to measure them. Transforming education requires a multi-stakeholder partnership to make a scalable and sustainable difference in classrooms around the world.

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Reflections from the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

Thirty thousand feet above Iraq, an hour out from Qatar and the Persian Gulf – a good place to look back on this week’s third annual WISE, the World Innovation Summit for Education. It is, bar none, the biggest education conversation on earth. It has the power to convene: the world’s leading educators implored the world’s governments to honor the 2015 Millennium Education goals. In my opinion, although WISE has done significant work in the past few years there is still  a lot to be done to create a coherent, systematic  approach to education transformation. Qatar and the Region as a whole need that desperately. Arab leaders know they have to create 75M jobs -  to sustain growth and meet the aspirations of countless young people. That means building a generation of problem-solvers and entrepreneurs. The precondition is better education.

WISE is pinning its hopes on new and innovative forms of learning – finding them, promoting them and scaling them. Charlie Leadbeater’s brilliant book on learning innovation was unveiled here this week. The Haiti learning initiative, built around inspirational new approaches to education, was launched with the WISE imprimatur. And innovative projects – from Afghan photography to smart-funded academies in America -- were hailed as game changers.

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WISE 2011 Debate “Adapting to the Future World of Work”

The World Innovation Summit for Education(WISE) is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Launched in 2009, WISE is an international initiative and platform for a multitude of established and new educational actors to collaborate proactively all year round.  There will be 1200 attendees from 45 countries, including greater than 25 country-level Ministers of Education in attendance at this Qatar meeting discussing potential global and regional impacts on teaching and learning.  At the Wise Summit in Doha, Qatar, November 1-3, Cisco is one of only two major technology companies presenting at the conference. Another great visibility opportunity for Cisco in helping “transform Education, together.”

On November 1st, I will be speaking and moderating a session on “Adapting to the Future World of Work” Session: Adapting-future-world-work at the Wise summit in Qatar.  In this session, the panel and I will explore ways in which education, business, social and government leaders in different regions might work together more effectively to address them.  Learn more about related topics in the Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century White Paper

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