Connie K. Chung
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.
A former public high school English teacher, she was nominated by her former students for various teaching awards. She has taught college and graduate students about nonprofit management and multicultural education and also was a curriculum consultant in the development of a K–12 global citizenship education curriculum.
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.”