Colorado Early College Fort Collins Among 30 Schools Named “World-Leading Learners” and Invited to Join Global Learning Network

CECFC to Join the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Cohort of 30 Schools from the United States, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, and Canada

FORT COLLINS, CO – October 16, 2017 – Today, Colorado Early College Fort Collins (CECFC) was named a 2017 World-Leading Learner and invited to join the Global Learning Network (GLN), a community of educators from exemplary schools that develop, practice, and share innovative approaches to education that ensure their students are prepared for career and lifelong success.

In December, leaders from CECFC will head to Boston and meet school leaders from the U.S., Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, and Canada for the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Convening of World-Leading Learners: Rethinking Education for the 21st Century, co-hosted by America Achieves and the OECD.

“CECFC has been focusing on innovation and student success since we opened in 2012. We are honored to have been selected for this opportunity and we’re looking forward to connecting with educators from innovative schools around the world to join the Global Learning Network and to be recognized by America Achieves and the OECD” said Sandi Brown, Head of School, CECFC, named a World-Leading Learner due to their innovative approach to education in the 21st century and strong display of academic excellence. “Education is vital for our children and our communities. The opportunity to exchange ideas about college and career prep as well as learn and share innovative ideas will elevate the work we are already doing for our students in northern Colorado.”

“We are witnessing the most significant and fast-paced economic change in recent global history. We need to recognize the significant implications these changes have on the workforce and the knowledge and skills students will need for their future careers,” said Jon Schnur, Executive Chairman of America Achieves, which runs the Global Learning Network. “Schools need to change as the world is changing. This year’s cohort is made up of exemplary schools from around the world that are adapting to prepare their students to be successful in a fast-changing labor market. I’m looking forward to meeting the leaders of these schools at the Global Learning Network Convening in December.”

“Modern schools need to help all students achieve their highest potential, and to play active roles to shape societies and economies of future in a changing world.  We look forward to the convening of world-leading learners to share the best practices between schools and explore new ways for schools to develop as learning organizations”, said Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the OECD.

America Achieves’ Global Learning Network, in partnership Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), invited a cohort of 30 high schools from around the world to participate in the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Convening of World-Leading Learners: Rethinking Education for the 21st Century. In the United States, state departments of education and partner organizations nominated schools for this opportunity. Once nominated, schools were interviewed, and 17 schools were selected from 7 states. Outside of the U.S., 13 schools from 5 countries were invited by the OECD. Each school was selected for their strong progress in at least one of the following categories:

o Excellence – schools that exhibit high academic achievement;

o Equity – schools that are reducing the achievement gap between racial and socioeconomic groups;

o Innovation – schools that are aligning classroom outcomes with local labor market skills that are crucial to success in the 21st century economy.

For more information about the Global Learning Network and the 2017 cohort of World-Leading Learners, please visit www.globallearningnetwork.americaachieves.org.

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