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Counting What Counts: Education Outcomes that Matter

  • Yong Zhao, Ph.D.
    Yong Zhao, Ph.D.  Presidential Chair, Director, Institute of Global and Online Education Professor, Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership College of Education, University of Oregon  
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Counting What Counts: Education Outcomes that Matter
By: Yong Zhao, Ph.D.

October 2, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Matoaka Woods Room

Counting What Counts: Education Outcomes that Matter
Globalization and technology are rapidly changing the human society and redefining the value of human talents, knowledge, and skills. The knowledge and skills valued by schools today may not help our children live a successful life in the future. In this address, Professor Yong Zhao discusses how technology and globalization change the value of knowledge and skills and what schools can do to cultivate successful citizens in the future. This presentation is based on the new book Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Evaluation (Solution Tree, 2015), co-authored by Professor Zhao.

About the Hauben Distinguished Lecture Series
This lecture is supported through a generous endowed gift established by Margaret Hauben ’59 and her husband, the late Lawrence A. Hauben, both active leaders and supporters of the School of Education at the College of William and Mary.

About Professor Zhao
Dr. Yong Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education. His latest book World Class Learners has won several awards, including the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2013), Association of Education Publishers’ (AEP) Judges’ Award and Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership (2013).

He currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership.
Until December, 2010, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his A.M. in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.