Fernando M. Reimers isthe Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters Program at Harvard University.
Professor Reimers is an expert in the field of Global Education. His research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century. He studies how education policy and leadership foster educational innovation and quality improvement. As part of the work of the Global Education Innovation Initiative he leads, he and his colleagues have just finished a comparative study of the goals of education as reflected in the curriculum in Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United States, published as Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century by Harvard Education Press Another recent book, titled Fifteen Letters on Education in Singapore, examines the lessons that can be learned from Singapore’s efforts building a robust teaching profession. Another recent book Empowering Global Citizens discusses why global citizenship education, aligned with helping students advance human rights and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is an imperative of our times.
His writings have conceptualized and defined the profile of a globally competent graduate in the 21st century. He chairs an annual Think Tank that brings to Harvard University leaders of thought and practice in global education around the world.
His interests include the design and promotion of innovations in Higher Education. He teaches a course on educational innovation and social entrepreneurship at the Harvard Innovation Lab, where students learn to develop innovative education organizations, and a course on educational policy analysis and research in comparative perspective which examines the core education policy challenges faced by governments around the world.
He is also active advising governments, international development organizations, universities, public and independent schools and other educational institutions to improve their quality and relevance. He is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education where he chairs the Strategic Planning Committee which works with all Universities in the State aligning their strategic plans with the State’s Vision Project. He is a member of the US Commission for UNESCO and of the Steering Group of Education in Conflict and Crisis of the United States Agency for International Developmentand works with policy makers in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Education and a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.
Connie K. Chung is the Associate Director for the Global Education Innovation Initiative and a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
In pursuing her research interest about the ways in which people from diverse backgrounds can learn to work together and leverage their collective power for positive change in their communities, she was involved in a multi-year, multi-site study of education reform and community organizing in the United States, the results of which are published in the book A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform(Oxford University Press, 2011). Her doctoral dissertation analyzed the individual and organizational factors that facilitated people from diverse ethnic, religious, and socio-economic class backgrounds to work together to build a better community.
She currently works with researchers and research assistants spread out in multiple regions of the world to conduct research about education for the 21st century, civic education and global citizenship education, including building the capacity of organizations and people to work collaboratively toward providing a powerful, relevant, rigorous, and meaningful education for all children that not only supports their individual growth but also the development of their communities. She is the co-editor of the book, Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-first Century: Educational Goals, Policies, and Curricula from Six Nations.
Dr. Chung received her BA with honors in English Literature from Harvard College and her master’s degrees in Teaching and Curriculum (1999) and in International Education Policy (2007) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her doctorate is also from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
She has worked as a staff member, consultant, and speaker with various human rights and civic education organizations. She currently serves on the board of two nonprofits, including Aaron’s Presents, an organization that offers grants to students in grades 8 and below to encourage positive development in themselves and in their community.
Her greatest sense of satisfaction has come from working with young people, one of whom wrote to her at the end of a school year, “I think I learned more about life in this class than in any other part of high school. Thank you for not only teaching us to think critically but also humanitarianly as a citizen of this world. When I talked about my vision of a mentorship program, you really listened. I feel encouraged to make it happen before the end of my senior year, and to make things happen for the rest of my life.”