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FROM THE EDITOR

We are excited to produce our second electronic version of Wingspan. Since our initial publication last year, much has happened for the development of Wingspan as well as education world-wide. Global efforts continue to connect schools and educators internationally in social learning networks, as well as to wake-up the curriculum …

Strategic Living versus Strategic Planning

Recently a client requested our organization to help them with developing a Strategic Plan for his company. My immediate reaction to this client was: We don't do strategic planning. Strategic planning is OBSOLETE. What we could offer you would be a visioning process, which would allow you and your management team to do some …

Contextual Leadership: Responding to the Issues of Social Justice in High-Risk Schools

The focus of this paper is to reframe the discussion of school improvement and educational reform to include not only the student and school performance, but the communities in which the reforms must occur to ensure democratic learning structures in today’s schools. Using our Contextual Leadership Framework, we will examine …

Headmasters Team: an Unexplored Source of School Development

In Sweden, the education system is based on a decentralized model, whereby local authorities (municipalities) and schools have decision-making power and opportunities. The decisions are made in relation to a general set of goals, which are framed at the national level, and focus on among other things knowledge and skills for students. …

Present and Future Education in China: Technological Advancement, Globalization, and Educational Liberation

The following text was adapted from a speech presented at the International School Connection, Inc. Annual Summit in Madrid Spain 2005.

China, a nation with long-standing and mysterious history and culture, has a social custom of respecting teachers and revering education. Over thousands of years, China …

Chinese early childhood education in transition

During the last decades, economic and political reforms have brought rapid and substantial changes to Chinese society, which have greatly affected people’s attitudes, behaviours and ideas about education and other aspects of life. In addition, traditions and new developments in Chinese culture have always played important roles …

On Education for Morality in Global and Cosmic Contexts: Two Philosophical Models

What makes a human person human is that he starts his life from learning from the environment and learning from others like him. He has to learn to be part of his environment and a member of his community or tribe. And yet he has to learn to transcend himself for his environment and for his community, and even he may have to transcend …

The International School Connection: An Evolving School Development Platform for a Global Age

During the last decade the International School Connection has evolved into a dynamic network of educational leaders from 13 Countries on four Continents, to create a responsive focus for shaping a story of schooling for this global age. In its various phases as a multi-national, multi-university cooperative, to a non-profit …

Schools Becoming Global Learning Centers: A Challenge and Opportunity for our Times

The global forces changing the lives of everyone around the world are creating living and working conditions that are dramatically different from those in the past century. Manual Castells, in his three-volume work on Globalization (1996/2000, 1997, 2000) describes in great detail how the world has become a global network society. …

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA): A case example of interpreting findings

International comparative studies of educational outcomes have been performed for almost 50 years. For a long time this arena has been dominated by IEA, which has studied mathematics and science achievement through TIMSS and its predecessors, as well as reading through such studies as PIRLS. In the last decade another major …