Globalization & Education Expert
Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair, Associate Dean, and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the International Academy of Education. Read More >
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How Do We Enhance Our Education?
The world needs globally competent creative and entrepreneurial talents to take advantage of the opportunities brought about by technology and globalization. But schools are pushed to produce homogenous, compliant, and employee-minded test-takers, as a result of the traditional education paradigm. Zhao proposes a new education paradigm needed for the new world.
Dr. Yong Zhao calls for a paradigm shift in education and brings extensive evidence to show that every child has both the potential and the need to become great. He advocates that the goal of education is to help each child discover and develop their unique strengths and passions so that they can be best prepared to meet the challenges of the modern world including globalization, technology, smart machines and the need to create value for others. To do so, parents and educators need to make education personalized by the child, instead of personalized for the child. Together, we need to help each child find what uniquely makes them great.
Education needs a paradigm shift from the one-size-fits-all approach to a more personalized one in order to prepare students to thrive in the new world shaped by technology and globalization. Many schools and school leaders are interested in making the shift. This program offers theoretical, strategic, and practical suggestions for leading such a shift. Read More >
This series consists of six in person or virtual sessions can be customized, reduced or expanded on to help each schools unique needs.
1. The Forces Behind the Pivot- Discusses the social, political, technological, psychological, and educational forces that drive the paradigm shift in education.
2. How to Pivot (1): School Within a School-Discusses one of the strategies to start the paradigm shift by building a school within a school. A school within a school creates new possibilities for some students and staff without abruptly revolutionizing the existing school.
3. How to Pivot (2): Changing Pedagogy and Staff-Discusses strategies and actions to change pedagogy and staff in schools to offer a more personalized education for students.
4. How to Pivot (3): Relax the Curriculum and Enable Student Voice-Discusses ways to change the curriculum so that personalized curriculum can get started. It emphasizes ways to bring in student as co-owners of their learning and learning environments.
5. How to Pivot (4): Change Assessment and Student Profiles-Discusses ways to rethink school assessment, with a focus on developing student profiles in addition to standardized assessments.
6. Summary and Discussions for Next Steps Read Less ^
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused both unprecedented disruptions and massive changes to education. While some changes may disappear, the pandemic has created a unique opportunity for schools to rethink what is necessary, desirable, and even possible for current and future generations. In his inspiring keynote, Yong will explore the essential abilities and spirit of the new world – creativity and entrepreneurship – where every child creates their own value through individual greatness. He’ll also discuss the vital role policymakers can play to build back better an education system that positions students to thrive in the modern world.
Creativity and entrepreneurship are the essential abilities and spirit of the new world, where every individual needs to create value using their own unique greatness for others and the world. In the 4th Industrial Revolution, smart machines can take away human jobs but also create new opportunities for the creative and entrepreneur minded. In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao discusses what schools can do to create an education that supports the development of creativity and entrepreneurship.
Educational changes have often been led and implemented by adults but they are supposed to affect students. Students have rarely been considered as owners of their learning or partners of change in education. In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao discusses how today's students should be involved in educational changes.
Never send a human to do a machine's job is the best advice for using technology in education. Today, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers and students have been exposed to the potential of technology in education. As schools reopen, we need to consider how technology can be best integrated with in person education. In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao discusses thoughtful and effective uses of technology in collaboration with human educators.
In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao discusses the real changes we need. These changes should respect students' agency and rights to self-determination. They should address the issues of quality and equity. They should be globally and locally oriented. They should be online and in person. The overall idea is to help each and every student to discover and develop their unique talents and translate their talents and expertise into valuable solutions to significant problems.
Evidence-based education has been popular, but what evidence matters. In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao talks about the various issues about evidence. In particular, he discusses that education has multiple outcomes and the outcomes can conflict with each other. Achieving one outcome may come at the cost of another outcome. The same education intervention can both improve some outcomes but cause damage to other outcomes.
"Dr. Zhao was as entertaining as he was thought provoking and informative. Our audience was very appreciative and we have already received positive reviews. We had a good turnout not only from our school communities, but also from our Heads of schools who very much enjoyed dining with Dr. Zhao."
"We received a lot of positive feedback about Professor Zhao. Both his workshop and keynote went well...I heard good things about [his sessions]!"
"Yong was a big hit! He was funny, knowledgeable, provocative in a good way, challenged old beliefs, gave great examples during his presentation and was very flexible with the workshop format. He was extremely engaging."
"Dr. Zhao was fantastic—personable, accommodating, and extremely interesting!"
"Dr. Zhao is an exceptional individual whom I feel privileged to have hosted. His messaging, storytelling, graphics, all and everything were well received and important to our community. The comments were all positive. Educators were reminded of the purpose of serving our students, the community and the world. Thank you again."
"His message makes one feel uncomfortable about being comfortable. His delivery is so riddled with humor it softened the harsh reality of his message yet the data he pulled from his 301 camera roll supported every “claim” he made. Homerun for us! He is an incredible presence, and everyone in public education whether administrator, faculty or school board members should take his message to heart."
"Dr. Zhao’s visit to campus was absolutely fantastic. What I appreciated the most about him is that regardless of what audience we asked him to address, he customized his message to that group. He was extremely easy to work with and engaging everywhere he went. Everyone appreciated that Dr. Zhao’s ideas are different and challenging of the current paradigm. They also appreciated his humor. The primary donors of the lectureship said this was one of the best lectureships we have had thus far in 7 years. I have no idea how we can possibly match/top this for next year."
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