EPISODE 11: Basics of Education, Worldwide

On Thursday, July 16 at 4:00 pm US-EDT, we present the eleventh LIVE episode of the new LearningRevolution.com weekly interview series, REINVENTING SCHOOL. If you miss the LIVE show, we post the edited version here by Monday over the weekend.

This week, REINVENTING SCHOOL digs into the numbers, the trends, the policies that shape the contours of school, education, and learning in our 21st-century world. Jonathan Supovitz is a Professor at The University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, and the Director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. Jean-Marc Bernard is a Senior Education Economist with Global Partnership for Education. 

Please join us on Thursdays for our live shows, or visit www.reinventing.school for the recorded versions.
More about this week's guests:

6854397682?profile=RESIZE_400xJean-Marc Bernard is a Senior Education Economist at the GPE Secretariat. He joined GPE in 2012, working first in the Country Support Team and then as team lead of the Monitoring and Evaluation Team. Jean-Marc has extensive experience in the education sector both on analytical and evaluation work and policy dialogue. He has worked in more than 25 countries including France, Palestine, Jordan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, South Sudan, and Uganda. He started his career as a Technical Assistant in Cameroon and Mauritania, focusing on planning, monitoring and evaluation issues. He was lead advisor of the Program for Analysis of Educational Systems (PASEC) from 2001 to 2005, where he was in charge of implementing assessments and analyses of learning outcomes in primary schools in African French-speaking countries. From 2007 to 2009, he was the country sector work adviser at Pôle de Dakar (UNESCO) where he led the support to countries, essentially through education sector analyses and financial simulation models. In addition, before joining the Global Partnership for Education, he worked as a freelance consultant for several multilateral agencies (UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank and UNRWA). Jean-Marc holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Burgundy and was a research fellow at the Institute of Research on Education (IREDU, Dijon). In addition to his extensive field experience, he has authored several publications on education policy, education reform, teacher policy, and learning achievement. He has also taught education policies and the economics of education at several universities.


6875574454?profile=RESIZE_400xJonathan Supovitz, of The University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, conducts research on how education organizations use different forms of evidence to inquire about the quality and effect of their systems to support the improvement of teaching and learning in schools. Dr. Supovitz also leads the evidence-based leadership strand of Penn’s mid-career leadership program and teaches courses on how current and future leaders can develop an inquiry frame of thinking about continuous improvement and the skills necessary to compile, analyze, and act upon various forms of evidence. While studying policy analysis at Duke University, Dr. Supovitz first focused on education leadership and policy. Before earning his doctorate at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, he gained middle and high school teaching experience in Queretaro, Mexico, and Boston, Massachusetts. His dissertation at Harvard focused on the classroom and accountability uses of portfolio assessment in an urban school district. Upon completing his degree, Dr. Supovitz worked as a research associate at Horizon Research in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he directed the evaluation of the New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative and evaluated the effectiveness of electronic “net courses” for teacher enhancement. He joined the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) in 1997 as a senior researcher and the faculty at Penn GSE in 2005. His current research interests include the national evaluation of the America's Choice comprehensive school reform design; a study of high school strategies for instructional improvement; and a study of district improvement efforts.


4995562699?profile=RESIZE_400xHoward Blumenthal created and produced the PBS television series, Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He is currently a Senior Scholar at The University of Pennsylvania, studying learning and the lives of 21st-century children and teenagers. He travels the world, visiting K-12 schools, lecturing at universities, and interviewing young people for Kids on Earth, a global platform containing nearly 1,000 interview segments from Kentucky, Brazil, Sweden, India, and many other countries. Previously, he was a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, and United Features. He is the author of 24 books and several hundred articles about technology, learning, business, and human progress. As an executive, Howard was the CEO of a public television operation and several television production companies, and a state government official. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for divisions of two large media companies, Hearst and Bertelsmann, and a consultant or project lead for Energizer, General Electric, American Express, CompuServe, Warner Communications, Merriam-Webster, Atari, and other companies.
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