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Building a global dialogue for school development: Hope for the future

For 25 years Wingspan has been published by Pedamorphosis, Inc. under the editorship of Robert H. Anderson. Through a generous donation from Helen Jones, Pedamorphosis, Inc. was able to provide, free of charge, Wingspan to readers around the world. During its spread, Wingspan graced readers with an alternative approach to the …

Future challenges for education and learning outcomes

The Pisa studies have been an exciting experience for all of us in Finland (Välijärvi et al., 2000; OECD, 2004). Finland’s good results must be attributed to a combination of many different factors all coming into play simultaneously, and an adequate understanding of these factors provides a very useful starting point when looking at …

Leading Schools into the global age: The challenge of our times

It is time for educators to fashion a new journey of schooling, one that sheds restraining traditions from the past and connects strongly with the great transformations that surround us. A century ago, guilds and farmers reshaped their work environments for urban jobs in crowded cities. A century later, local industrial jobs are giving …

The Bologna process and its implications for education systems in Europe

The purpose of this article is to examine the impact the Bologna process is having on other parts of national education systems. The objective of the Bologna process is to create a European Higher Education Area. It is no surprise that a process with this objective will have an impact on higher education, but what changes in …

Ten years later: Teachers’ views of their profession

During the last decade a new school-reform was launched in Sweden. One of the biggest changes is that, in line with decentralization, each individual municipality is now free to decide how its schools should be run. The Swedish parliament and the government, however, still define curricula, national objectives and guidelines for …

Educational leadership students as teacher leaders

Administrators cannot, and should not, be the only leaders in a school. The traditional view of the principal as the sole instructional leader in a school is inadequate given the emphasis on accountability and student learning results (Marsh, 2000; Pellicer & Anderson, 1995). Instead, teachers need to assume more roles …

School supervision course offerings: Developing supervisory capacity

School supervision has been the focus of much discussion and debate regarding its function, identity, authority, purpose and contributions to school effectiveness (Firth & Pajak, 1998, Glickman,1992, Glanz & Neville, 1997, Glanz &Behar-Horestein, 2000,Waite, 2000). However, most recently, the Handbook of Research on …

When will students need 21st century technology skills? Yesterday!

Educators of the 21st century are being challenged to create new learning environments that will not only meet the needs of a diverse student population, but prepare all students for a world vastly different from the one we experience today (Snyder, Acker-Hocevar, and Snyder, 2000). The dynamic social and economic change that …

Segregation vs integration: Russian educational networks in Israel

Between 1989 and 2000, 1.1 million Jews from the former Soviet Union arrived in Israel, becoming the largest ethnic group in the country. Aside from its numerical strength, this group is rich in human capital; about 70 percent of its members have a post-secondary education. These immigrants, unlike earlier ones, pose a cultural and …

The Katrineholm teachers’ visit to Ottawa Canada: Promoting International School Connections

The report that follows is a case study of teachers and principals from Katrineholm, Sweden who visited schools in Ottawa, Canada. Data were gathered to identify themes from this cross-cultural learning experience. The findings are shared here to illustrate the power and potential of international school connections, and for preparing …