Today’s students — no matter where in the world they live — will need to solve problems that loom on a global scale. Poverty. Climate change. Terrorism. But to do so, they’ll need an education that is equally global in scope, delivered by educators who are prepared to focus on the whole child. They’ll need teachers who think about these global challenges and who know how to help children draw connections and use their knowledge to find innovative, cross-border solutions.
That kind of excellent teacher requires excellent professional development, according to Harvard Graduate School of Education researchers Fernando Reimers and Connie Chung. A new book edited by the pair, Preparing Teachers to Educate Whole Students: An International Comparative Study, takes a close look at professional development programs across the globe that are training teachers to help children prepare for the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.