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International Educators and Policymakers Gather in Washington D.C. for Education Summit Held for the First Time in the United States

Tarrytown, NY, 9 October 2014 – Educators and policymakers are increasingly aware of the challenges posed by today’s generation of learners. The need to transform teaching and align education to a global economy is more crucial now than ever.

The Marshall Cavendish Education Conference 2014, being held for the first time outside of Singapore and in the United States, will focus on its theme, “Transforming Teaching: A Unique Learning Experience.” International education policymakers, ministers of education, curriculum specialists, and educators will gather at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington D.C. from the 14th of October to the 16th, representing more than 14 countries, such as the United Kingdom, Singapore, Egypt, Jamaica and Nigeria. With a specific focus on Math and Science, the conference presents the rare opportunity to showcase the proven strategies that enabled the successful implementation of Singapore’s world-class curriculum in different educational landscapes as well as discuss the lessons and challenges faced.

In the recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), the United States ranked 36th in Mathematics out of 64 countries and 28th in Science, while Singapore has consistently topped the list in both Math and Science. Thirty years ago, the Singapore Ministry of Education partnered with Marshall Cavendish Education to develop a Math curriculum that focused on metacognition, teaching to mastery and problem solving. With these collaborative efforts, Singapore has risen to the top of yearly global benchmarks, as has its economy. Other countries and school districts – including those in the United States – are having similar success with the Singapore Approach to Math instruction.

According to Ms. Lee Fei Chen, Head of Publishing, Times Publishing Limited, to transform teaching and influence learning, it will take the collective effort of a global community. Said Ms. Lee, “Our goal is that the discussions, best practices and passion for Math and Science instruction experienced during these three days will serve as a springboard for a national conversation about the importance of Math and Science in a global economy and how Marshall Cavendish Math and Science, with the Singapore Approach, will give students a competitive edge.”

Conference Highlights

During the three-day summit, delegates will delve deep into the hottest topics in Math and Science education by witnessing how the Singapore Approach works in schools beyond Singapore. Specific case studies will present both the challenges and successes of implementing Singapore Math®. Attendees will also gain insights on transforming teaching methods to engage students and create learning experiences that redefine the boundaries of a classroom.

Key speakers include:

  • Dr. Alan Ginsburg, former Director of the Policy and Program Studies, U.S. Department of Education
  • Dr. Ho Boon Tiong, Science Author, Marshall Cavendish Education, and Consultant Educationist

Key panel discussions include:

  • "What We Can Learn from the Responses of Singapore's Education System to the Changing Milieus of the 21st Century"
  • "Challenges in Bringing Singapore's Curriculum to Other Cultures and Countries”

    School Visits
    One of the most anticipated and visual aspects of the conference occurs on October 16th when delegates will travel to three schools in Washington D.C. to observe the Singapore Math® curriculum in the classroom. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask educators and administrators about teaching methods, program implementation and student success stories. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, located in Alexandria, Virginia, will be one of three schools to host delegates and showcase how their students and teachers are successfully utilizing the new curriculum. 

"St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is excited to be on the forefront of this emerging, innovative, international Math program, which we expect will take U.S. primary education by storm," said Bob Weiman, Lower School director at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School.

Media Opportunities
Education media are invited to attend portions of the conference and conduct interviews with key speakers listed above. Interviews with educators using Marshall Cavendish Education curriculum, including classroom visits, are also available.