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Carli Francois

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Dutchtown High School was named a 2017 World-Leading Learner and invited to join the Global Learning Network, a community of educators from schools that develop, practice and share innovative approaches to education.

This month, leaders from Dutchtown High 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 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, a news release said.

“We are thrilled to join the Global Learning Network and to be recognized by America Achieves and the OECD,” said Carli Francois, principal of Dutchtown High School. “I am so proud of our work at Dutchtown and our efforts to meet the needs of every Griffin. I look forward to sharing our experience in balancing career preparation and academics with leaders from schools around the world, and learning how other schools are preparing their students for success beyond the classroom.”

“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.”

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, said said Andreas Schleicher, director for Education and Skills and special adviser to the Secretary-General of the OECD.

"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," Schleicher said.

America Achieves’ Global Learning Network, in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, invited 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 U.S., state departments of education and partner organizations nominated schools for the opportunity. Once nominated, schools were interviewed, and 17 schools were selected from 7 states. Thirteen international schools from six countries were invited by the OECD.