NYU Brademas Center co-presents “Education in Europe”: Educational leaders from France, England, Finland, and the U.S. discuss school reform


The all-day discussion at NYU-DC with Diane Ravitch and others will be viewable on livestream.

Ever wonder how Finland achieved its great success in international assessments? Curious about the French baccalaureate? Do you want to know more about how an agenda built on privatization and accountability is working in England? And what does school reform critic Diane Ravitch of New York University have to say in her latest book, Reign of Error?

The National Superintendents Roundtable will provide answers to these questions at its annual meeting Saturday, October 5 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on “Education in Europe,” held in conjunction with New York University’s John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress. The discussion at NYU Washington D.C. -- open to Roundtable members only, and viewable at no charge by the public via livestream -- takes up these issues with an international who's who of educators:

• Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons, will describe the two-part equity strategy (in and out-of-school) that helped transform learning in Finland.

• François Weil, Chancellor of the universities of Paris (“the Sorbonne”), who is also responsible for primary and secondary education in the Paris region, will cover K-12 education in France.

• Educational entrepreneur Sir Peter Birkett and Sue Hackman, former director of assessment in English schools, will discuss education in England.

• Diane Ravitch, a member of the Research Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, will talk about Reign of Error, her newly published book on education reform.

The discussion will be livestreamed at http://www.nyu.edu/global/global-academic-centers/washington-dc/nyu-washington--dc-events/education-in-europe.html (click on Brademas Center’s “Watch Live” link during the event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

For more information, contact: James Harvey, executive director, Superintendents Roundtable,  harvey324@earthlink.net.

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