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  • September 27, 2018

    How to Reform the Education System – Lessons for U.S. Schools

    A lot of countries have notably improved their education systems and succeeded in helping their students significantly enhance their achievements. However, the schools in the United States have not shown such great performance in the past 20 years.

    Fortunately, they can raise their game and speed up educational improvement if they take a look at many policies and practices of a number of high-performing education systems in the world. If they follow in their footsteps and implement the same changes, not only can U.S. schools reform the education system, but also inspire their students to perform better and reach greater heights.

    Here are the most important lessons for U.S. schools from some of the highest-performing education systems in the world.

    Defining a Long-Term Vision

    Having a long-term vision for how the education system will help students build a high-quality society and a strong economy is very important because achieving those goals will enable students to live much better, fulfilled lives.

    Achieving equality, eliminating poverty and creating numerous new job opportunities is precisely what education can and should lead to, so having key stakeholders define a vision for the future is absolutely crucial.

    For instance, Finland managed to become a thriving economy and a modern society, while Singapore succeeded to push its economy to the world’s first place – all because they had a clear vision for achieving their goals.

    Promoting Equity

    Another lesson that U.S. schools should learn is promoting student equity regarding funding, student expectations, and teachers. No school should be different when it comes to funding, the quality of teachers, and their expectations for students, because gaps in those segments result in poor performance.

    Social backgrounds should never affect the achievement of students. This kind of equity is something that all high-performing education systems are greatly committed to, and one of the primary reasons why they are rapidly improving.

    Allowing all students to receive the same level of education creates a society where everyone is appreciated, where everyone has high chances for success, and where any kind of talent is embraced with open arms.

    Maintaining Full Consistency

    It’s very important that every school actually follows the practices of its enacted policies so that there are no gaps in education.

    This means that all U.S. schools should make sure that their curriculum, professional development, and assessment tests, not to mention the way teachers are preparing for every single class, are absolutely consistent. Everything must be completely aligned so that the policies are fully supported and the schools are actually able to inspire and create new high-quality teachers.

    Motivating and Engaging Students

    Student engagement and motivation may just be the most vital element for reforming the education system. No vision can be achieved if students are not motivated to work harder and earn their degrees, feeling inspired to build successful careers.

    The best education systems incentivize students both intrinsically and externally. For instance, Finland highly focuses on self-directed learning , while Asian education systems greatly focus on effort over ability. The latter also motivate their students to learn more and improve by placing a high value on social mobility that they will achieve through education.

    Hiring and Supporting High-Quality Teachers

    All of the aforementioned steps are extremely important, but they will never lead to positive results if there are no high-quality teachers to make effective learning in the classroom possible.

    Therefore, all schools in the United States should place a high value on the quality of their teachers and make sure that they not only hire great educators but also support them continually. This means preparing them to be school leaders and empowering them with strong policies that will create the best conditions for effective learning.

    It also means rewarding and retaining them, as well as providing them with opportunities to advance and grow. Only then will they be able to help their students grow and become the best versions of themselves, ready to take on any challenge that the working world puts in their way.

    All of these steps are crucial for any education system, but they are rarely implemented together. This is why the U.S. should definitely take them into consideration. It should harness the power of the world’s best practices in order to develop a high-performing education system that will benefit a number of generations to come.

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  • March 6, 2013


    LOS ANGELES – In last night's election, the Coalition for School Reform won two of three races and is poised to maintain the education reform majority on the Los Angeles School Board to continue the work of improving our public schools.

    "Retaining a majority of public school reformers on the Los Angeles School Board is a great victory for parents and educators who are committed to reforming and improving our public schools." Campaign Manager Janelle Erickson said.

    Monica Garcia, School Board President and leader of the Los Angeles school reform movement, withstood a crowded field of challengers and a tough campaign and came out victorious with 56% of the vote.

    At this critical juncture for public education reform in Los Angeles, Monica Garcia's decisive victory is a victory for every parent and educator who believes in putting students first and giving our children the education they need and deserve to be successful in life.

    In District Six, Antonio Sanchez goes into the May 21 run-off election with a strong lead of 43% of the vote and is well positioned to retain the reform seat representing the San Fernando Valley.

    Kate Anderson trails in District Four by 4 points and is awaiting the tally of uncounted ballots by the city's election department. Anticipating a large number of late arriving vote-by-mail and provisional ballots, the Coalition for School Reform expects an announcement by the city on the exact number of ballots yet to be counted.

    The Coalition for School Reform is a group of parents, educators and business and non-profit leaders dedicated to reforming and improving public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In the March 5th election, it is supporting Monica Garcia for re-election in District 2, Kate Anderson in District 4 and Antonio Sanchez in District 6.

  • February 7, 2013
    LA School Report

    Commentary: Do You or Don't You Support Deasy?

    If you were running for School Board it might seem obvious you would need to be prepared to answer this simple question: "Do you support current LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy?" But at last week's District 6 candidate forum for the Los Angeles School Board race... More

  • February 1, 2013
    LA School Report

    East Valley Forum: Differences Over Deasy, Evaluation, & Dismissal

    Thursday night's School Board candidates forum offered three political newcomers a chance to introduce themselves to voters of the East Valley's District 6. Monica Ratliff introduced herself to the assembled group of community members and reporters as a teacher... More

  • January 18, 2013
    League of Women Voters of California Education Fund

    Smart Voter questionnaire

    What is the single most important issue facing LAUSD today? As a Board Member, what would you do to deal with it? Antonio Sanchez: There is no panacea or simple solution to fix the system. We need to develop a comprehensive, multi-step plan that can help us... More

  • January 9th, 2013
    Southern California Public Radio

    Charter school advocacy group endorse LAUSD school board candidates

    The Coalition for School Reform --an advocate for charter schools-- has picked its horses in the three Los Angeles Unified school board races. It's placing its bets on Monica Garcia in District 2, Kate Anderson in District 4, and Antonio Sanchez in District 6... More

  • December 20, 2012
    LA School Report

    Board President Garcia Talks Policy & Politics

    East LA native Monica Garcia only planned on working for LA Unified for three weeks. That was way back in 2001, when former Board member Jose Huizar asked her to be his first chief of staff. But Garcia, now 44, ended up replacing her boss when he was elected to... More

  • December 14, 2012
    LA School Report

    Antonio Sanchez, Consensus Candidate?

    It's still very early goings in the school board race, but Antonio Sanchez is already emerging as the favorite in the East Valley's District 6... The 30-year-old Sanchez aims to bridge the bitter divide between unions and school choice and accountability advocates.... More

  • December 3, 2012
    Venice-MarVista Patch

    Kate Anderson Prepares to Run Against Steve Zimmer

    Kate Anderson is a woman on a mission. The lawyer turned community activist and homemaker is one of four people running against Steve Zimmer for a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board. While she said the LAUSD has its share... More

  • November 21, 2012
    LA School Report

    Kate Anderson: Early Endorsement, Signatures

    Kate Anderson is getting the nod from Councilman Bill Rosendahl, a coveted endorsement for the contested 4th district school board seat which stretches from the Pacific Palisades to Hollywood. "Kate Anderson's dedication is clear," Rosendahl states in an email... More

  • July 2nd, 2012
    Southern California Public Radio

    Monica Garcia elected to sixth term as LAUSD Board president

    Summing up her time on the board thus far, Garcia said, "I come from a community that has been demanding change from the school district all of my life. I'm 44 years old. And we are seeing it happen. We are seeing a decentralized strategy, local control, letting... More