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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

21st Century Skills: Case Studies From Asia

Education Week – Vanessa Shadoian-Gersing

“Innovation is high on the agenda of education systems in the Asia-Pacific region, and the million-dollar question is how schools should change to foster 21st century skills. Education policies and curricula increasingly reflect a broad understanding of the competencies students need to prosper in the global knowledge economy, including critical thinking, creative-mindedness, global competence, as well as character. While there is a shared understanding in Asia of the need for 21st century skills frameworks that combine technical, social, behavioral, and higher-order thinking skills, countries are pursuing this agenda in various ways.”(more)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Asia Shifts From Rote Learning to 21st Century Skills

Education Week – Satoko Yano and Mark Manns

“Across education systems in the Asia-Pacific region, there is a growing emphasis on transversal competencies, better known in the U.S. as 21st century skills, and a move away from “traditional academic” studies, such as rote learning…The ten education systems documented in the study have all recently (and separately) introduced or moved to strengthen existing dimensions of transversal competencies in their education policies and curricula… the country cases are illustrative of an important global movement that calls for the need for education to move beyond the acquisition of knowledge and literacy and numeracy skills, which has been the dominant purpose cited in education discourse since the 1960s…To date, no consensus has been reached on a single term for referring to non-academic skills, non-cognitive skills, or 21st century skills. All of these terms broadly refer to and encompass skills, competencies, values, and attitudes required for the holistic development of learners, such as: collaboration, self-discipline, resourcefulness, and respect for the environment… Contrary to the widely held view that Asian education systems heavily emphasize traditional rote learning, this new research paints a picture of commitment and determination among the participating countries and economies to make transversal competencies a significant component of their education systems moving forward.”(more)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Michelle Obama heads to Asia to promote girls’ education

Reuters – Susan Heavey

“First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Japan and Cambodia this month as part of a U.S. global effort to support education for girls, the White House said on Tuesday. She will visit Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan from March 18 to March 20, and the Cambodian city of Siem Reap from March 21 to 22, it said in a statement. The initiative aims to reduce the number of girls – 62 million worldwide – who do not attend school in an effort to improve their financial stability, health and well-being, according to the administration. The effort, launched last summer through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will utilize the Peace Corps volunteer program to help expand access for schooling for girls, especially for teenagers. Senior Obama Adviser Valerie Jarrett on Tuesday said corps volunteers will recruit and train other local volunteers and push other community efforts in nearly a dozen countries.”(more)

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Interest in Asian Studies at FIU Explodes

FIU Magazine – Deborah O’Neil

“Growing up in Miami far from any cultural connection to Asia, Jennifer Garcia ’09, MA ’11, became enchanted with the hit Japanese anime TV series Sailor Moon. At the time, she didn’t really know anything about this special genre of animation, nor was she familiar with Japan’s vibrant pop culture. Instead she was drawn to the series’ heroine, Usagi Tsukino, and its portrayal of magical girls who use their powers to thwart evil…That extracurricular interest grew and by the time Garcia was ready for college she knew she wanted to study Asia, and specifically Japan. She found all she wanted and much more at FIU [Florida International University], eventually earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Asian Studies…Many are drawn to FIU’s popular Asian Studies degree programs for the same reasons. Students often fall into two camps, says director Steve Heine: they want to study Japan for its culture or they want to study China for its economy. They can do both in FIU’s Asian Studies Program…The program continues to expand based on student demand. “In terms of world regions in the Pacific Century, there’s no question China and Japan both economically and culturally are the fastest growing leaders,” Heine said.”(more)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Losing focus: Why so many Chinese children wear glasses

The Economist – Staff Writer

“The incidence of myopia is high across East Asia, afflicting 80-90% of urban 18-year-olds in Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan…The biggest factor in short-sightedness is a lack of time spent outdoors…if a child has enough time in the open, they can study all they like and their eyesight should not suffer…” (more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Could Ireland become a leading country for studying Chinese?

TheJournal.ie – Staff Writer

“THE TIES BETWEEN China and Ireland are growing thanks to two new initiatives being introduced by Trinity College Dublin (TCD)…The university said that the new MA programme “aims to produce graduates equipped with the intellectual and transferable skills for future careers requiring a strong knowledge of contemporary China”.” (more)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RSI Franchisee Named Entrepreneur of the Year

Outside the Box – Christy Johnson

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The Renascence School International™ would like to congratulate Orange County campus franchisee, Mrs. Carrie Mizera for the honor of being recognized for her achievements not once, but twice this year. Mrs. Mizera was named the 2014 National Asian Entrepreneur of the Year at the 21st annual awards ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hilton on September 26, 2014.

 

More recently, Mrs. Mizera was also awarded the Asian Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) 2014 Raising Lotus Award,and was honored at their 10th Annual Awards Luncheon on October 10, 2014 in Anaheim.

 

In September of 2011, Carrie and Tom Mizera opened a Renascence School International franchise in Costa Mesa, California. RSIOC (Renascence School International Orange County) was the only school in the area offering three-way language immersion and advanced academics. It is a school with a unique vision and through the powerful leadership that Carrie and Tom have provided, the school continues to grow and give children a one-of-a-kind, world class educationRSIOC is now in its 4th year of providing students with a strong academic foundation and proficiency in three languages as well as skills in creativity, problem solving, and leadership.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Funding boost for Asian languages an important step

Scoop Independent News – Staff Writer

“The Asia New Zealand Foundation welcomes increased investment in Asian language learning in schools…“Given New Zealand’s growing ties with Asia, children and students will need a range of Asia-related capabilities, including language skills, by the time they enter the workforce. Increasingly, those who are multilingual will be advantaged, both in job prospects and in other respects, over those who are monolingual.” (more)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Language Learning Starts From The Cradle

Asian Scientist – Staff Writer

“Babies are good listeners and can absorb information in their native language even before reaching their first birthday, according to a study published in the journal Developmental Science. Furthermore, for tots in a Mandarin-speaking environment, they are able to differentiate the intonations in the language.” (more)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Why Asian Nations Dominate Global Education Rankings

Forbes – James Marshall Crotty

“Last week, Pearson Education released its annual global educational performance report…In addition to the rankings, Pearson interviewed seven international experts on education to supplement the research and identify global trends in education and workforce development. The findings from these interviews included:”(more)