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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Catching Up or Leading the Way Book Discussion

January 11, 2010
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this seminar we will be engaging in a detailed discussion of Professor Yong Zhao's book "Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization". Some additional resources are provided below. Fellows will read the book and be prepared to discuss the big ideas presented with Dr. Zhao. We are excited to be able to schedule a thorough discussion of the book facilitated by the author. The ideas presented will provide us with a 21st Century construct for our ongoing learning around educational policy and leadership.


Resource Person: Yong Zhao

Dr. Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor
Educational Psychology and Educational Technology
Executive Director for the Confucius Institute at Michigan State University
Director, Center for Teaching and Technology
College of Education
Michigan State University
115D Erickson Hall
East Lansing , MI 48824
Phone: 517-353-4325

Yong Zhao is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, where he also serves as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. He holds a BA from Sichuan International Studies University, an A.M and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the faculty at Michigan State University in 1996 after working at Willamette University, Hamilton College, and Colgate University as a specialist in technology and language education. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Education. Zhao ’s research interests include diffusion of innovations, teacher adoption of technology, computer-assisted language learning, globalization and education, and international and comparative education. Zhao has published extensively in these areas. His articles have appeared in American Educational Research Journal, Teachers College Record and other international scholarly journals. He has published seven books in China and the US. He has developed and managed numerous network-based learning environments and educational web sites. He received the 2003 Raymond B. Catell Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association for his significant contribution to research in education. Zhao has extensive international experiences. He has consulted with government and educational agencies and spoken on educational issues in many countries including Chile, China, England, Ireland, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. He is currently leading the Education Research Group of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) education network (EDNET). His current work focuses on the impact of globalization on education and the integration of Eastern and Western educational practices. Dr. Zhao serves on editorial boards for numerous scholarly journals, including Educational Researcher, theInternational Journal of Educational Technology, and the Journal of Language Learning and Technology.

Resource Materials

Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization by Dr. Yong Zhao

Education in a Flat World by Dr. Yong Zhao
Debate on the Merits of National Standards between Dr. William Schmidt and Dr. Yong Zhao. April 3, 2009
Learning to Change-Changing to Learn Consortium for School Networking featuring Dr. Yong Zhao May 15, 2008
21st Century Education: No Child Left Behind and Global Competitiveness The Pearson Foundation and the Mobile Learning Institute


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