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Minding the Globe

Noah Zeichner

March 6, 2014

What Global Education Means to Me

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Last night I accepted the 2013-14 World Educator Award from the World Affairs Council of Seattle. It was a fun night with family, friends, colleagues, and students in attendance. Although I wasn't interrupted by music, my six-minute speech didn't leave room for extensive thank-yous. I would like to add an extra shout-out to the Center for Teaching Quality. CTQ has supported me in so many ways during the past few years.

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Noah Zeichner

November 8, 2013

How Singapore Leaves No Child Behind

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In an Education Week Teaching Ahead column last May, I wrote about a former student who dropped out of high school to pursue a low wage, full time construction job. I tried to help him find a way to stay in school while still following his passion of working in construction. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to direct him to any options that would serve his interests and needs.

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Noah Zeichner

October 9, 2013

Hello from Singapore!

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I am in Singapore this week attending the Global Cities Education Network (GCEN) meeting. The GCEN is a network of urban school systems in North America and Asia, including Seattle, Denver, Houston, Lexington, Toronto, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Seoul, and Melbourne. System leaders from these ten jurisdictions attended two previous meetings in Hong Kong (May 2012) and in Seattle (January 2013).

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Noah Zeichner

September 16, 2013

Want to be a global citizen? Learn another language!

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There is an old joke that goes if you speak two languages you are bilingual. If you speak more than two languages you are multilingual. If you speak only one language, you are American. Of course, this does not hold true if you are one of the roughly 47 million people in the United States who speak a language other than English at home and also speak English well. In fact, despite our nation’s resistance, bilingualism is on the rise.

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Noah Zeichner

April 30, 2013

Keeping a good thing going: can innovative programs in education be sustained?

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In one of my recent posts, I described a large-scale project that I worked on with students at my school this year. Today I turn to a burning question that I have whenever I experience an exciting school initiative: is it sustainable? All of us who have worked in schools for at least a few years are familiar with the waves of innovation that come through our buildings and districts every one to three years.

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