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CWN April Programs: Education and Energy


CWN April Programs: Education and Energy

Great Teachers = Great Students: Learning from International Leaders

Luncheon: April 25th, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel

Commonwealth North in partnership with Education Matters, Inc. is pleased to welcome Pasi Sahlberg, Ph.D., Director General of Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture, and Ee-Ling Low, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Programme and Student Development (Teacher Education and Preparation) at Singapore's National Institute of Education, to speak about how their respective approaches to training teachers results in high performing students.  


Dr. Sahlberg is a Finnish educator, teacher and scholar. He has worked as a schoolteacher, teacher educator and policy advisor in Finland with broad international experience. He has served the World Bank, European Commission and OECD and advised foreign governments on equity and excellence in education in more than 45 countries around the globe. His award-winning book, "Finnish lessons: what can the world learn from educational change in Finland" (2011) is a bestseller and has been translated into more than ten languages. He was also featured in a 2011 CNN special presentation, "Restoring the American Dream: Fixing Education" hosted by Fareed Zakaria. 

http://ww.commonwealthnorth.org/newsletter/images/assc-prof-low_ee_ling.jpgDr. Low obtained her PhD in Linguistics (Acoustic Phonetics) from the University of Cambridge, U.K. under the Nanyang Technological University -- National Institute of Education Overseas Graduate Scholarship. In 2008, she won the Fulbright Advanced Research Scholarship which she spent at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.  She is internationally known for her publications in the fields of phonetics, World Englishes, language teacher education and pre-service teacher education in general. She has been an invited keynote speaker to numerous international conferences and symposia in both World Englishes and Teacher Education, including at the New York Times Conference on "Schools for a Better Tomorrow" held in New York in October 2012 and the Public Symposium on Building and Sustaining a Quality Teaching Workforce co-organised by Asia Society and the World Affairs Council in Seattle in January 2013 .

Education Matters, Inc. was created in October 2012 to implement recommendations that came out of the 2011-12 Education Summit convened by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan. The Summit was an initiative to improve education performance for all students in Anchorage public schools.  Dr. Sahlberg and Dr. Low are in Anchorage to speak at the "Great Teacher" Symposium it is holding on April 25 and 26.

We hope you will join us as we continue to examine ways in which education can be improved for all Alaskans.Click Here To Register for the Luncheonreturn to top

Energy Action Coalition Meeting: Briefing on energy efficiency by Chris Rose, Renewable Energy Alaska Project


April 12, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at the CIRI building, 2525 C Street (1st Floor Conference Room)

http://ww.commonwealthnorth.org/newsletter/images/Chris%20Rose.jpgJoin us this Friday for a briefing from Chris Rose, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP).  He will speak on energy efficiency programs and technology that can enable Alaskans to both lower costs and increase the capability of existing energy infrastructure. 


REAP was formed in 2004 by Executive Director Chris Rose with the goal of promoting the use of renewable energy in Alaska. It has since grown to include more than 80 organizational and contributing members representing a diverse coalition of small and large Alaska electric utilities, environmental groups, consumer groups, businesses, Alaska Native organizations, and municipal, state and federal entities. REAP was Alaska's first and remains its only education and advocacy group focused solely on renewable energy. Over the last nine years, it has become an important voice on both renewable energy and energy efficiency. 

If you cannot join us in person the teleconference number will be 276-4900.

The goal of Commonwealth North's Energy Action Coalition is to continue discussion on our most recent energy reports Energy for a Sustainable Alaska: The Railbelt Predicament & The Rural Conundrum and highlight and identify challenges and opportunities in Alaska's energy environment in order to bring informed Alaskans to the table and come to solutions that will benefit all Alaskans and ensure these complex energy issues are understood. If you are interested in the public policy issues facing Alaska, you should be a member. Commonwealth North membership information is available on our website at www.commonwealthnorth.org or call Aaron Weddle at (907)258-9522.



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