Keynote Speaker Reimers Focuses on Collaboration to Spur Ed Innovation

Global education and social entrepreneurship expert Fernando Reimers will present the opening keynote address at Content in Context 2012: collaborate. innovate. educate. Dr. Reimers is Ford Foundation Professor of International Education and Director, International Education Policy program at Harvard University. His work focuses on the need for collaboration between all sectors of society (industry, government, educational institutions, and citizens) to stimulate and create true education reform. Below are highlights from Dr. Reimers’s previous speaking engagements and blog posts. 

Innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship

“In order for these three elements — innovation, technology and entrepreneurship — to produce the synergies necessary to substantially transform education, we will need to build a collaborative architecture that allows for the fruitful integration of careful study, design and invention, and action at scale. Such collaboration of industry, academy and the public schools is exceptional, not the conventional way of business for universities, governments or businesses.”

“Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship”
HBR Blog Network
Harvard Business Review

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Globalization and the social contract

“A lot of people talk about globalization as an economic process and about global competency as making sure that we can prepare our students to reap the economic benefits of globalization. But I think it’s good to remember that any economic system is really built on a social contract. Globalization exists because we had a social contract that makes this global order possible. We will need to perfect that contract, and the business of shaping that contract and sustaining it is the business of citizenship.”

“World Course Workshop Highlights with Fernando Reimers”
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Accessed via YouTube

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The role of partnerships in educational innovation

“What I have learned…is how much potential and how many opportunities there are to have impact at scale in generating educational innovation…by building partnerships across a wide range of institutions that include K through 12 educational systems [and] that include coalitions of ordinary citizens that include universities, businesses, and so on.”

“Fernando Reimers: Think Tank Reflection”
Harvard ALI
Accessed via YouTube

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CIC 2012, organized by AEP and AAP School Division, will take place June 3-6 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. For more information on the CIC and to register online go to www.contentincontext.org.

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