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Roundtable Forum: Education in Europe

October 5, 2014


The National Superintendents Forum is a community in which superintendents figure out how to help all students, not another opportunity to tell educators what to do.

Supported by members’ fees and occasional modest foundation grants, the National Superintendents Roundtable is a nonprofit community dedicated to several ideas: all children can learn, schools can succeed, and no adult, in or out of school, should be left off the hook.

In many ways the National Superintendents Roundtable functions as a think tank for superintendents. It is not afraid to examine national education issues with intense scrutiny. We arrange two three-day meetings annually that are focused on pressing education issues.

This year's October meeting focused on Education in Europe, welcoming scholars and academics from around the world to NYU Washington, DC.

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Keynote Address

François Weil, Recteur, l’académie de Paris and the Sorbonne offers keynote address on education in France.

Education in England

Education in England is following many of the patterns established in the United States, including privatization and an increasing emphasis on assessment. Two distinguished leaders in English education will describe developments in England:

  • Sue Hackman, Director, School Standards Group, Department of Education will describe the Cameron government’s commitment to choice and traditionalism in English schools.
  • School entrepreneur Sir Peter Birkett will focus on efforts to inject “business dna” into public services and encourage the public and private sectors to improve school quality.

Major Address

Dr. Pasi Sahlberg, director, CIMO, Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture (an agency designed to encourage international cooperation and mobility) and author of Finnish Lessons, will describe a two-part strategy (promoting equity in schools and promoting equity in the broader society) and its contribution to Finland’s remarkable education success.

Reign of Error

Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University and an historian of education, is former assistant secretary of education in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, where she led the federal effort to promote the creation of voluntary state and national academic standards. A seven-year member of NAEP’s National Assessment Governing Board, she is the author of: several books, including The Death and Life of the Great American School System (on testing and choice, 2010), and Reign of Error (on privatization, 2013).

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