SpeakSF.org, a coalition of San Francisco K-8 schools, hosted Dr. Yong Zhao as a speaker last October. His talk description was highly aligned with ATI's approach to education:
"Dr. Yong Zhao calls for a paradigm shift in education and brings extensive evidence to show that every child has both the potential and the need to become great. He advocates that the goal of education is to help each child discover and develop their unique strengths and passions so that they can be best prepared to meet the challenges of the modern world including globalization, technology, smart machines and the need to create value for others. To do so, parents and educators need to make education personalized by the child, instead of personalized for the child. Together, we need to help each child find what uniquely makes them great.
Dr. Zhao currently serves as a Foundation Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas. His research focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education and has published 100 articles and 20 books. He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 Ten 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). Learn more about Dr. Zhao at zhaolearning.com."
We encourage those who are seeking to understand the future of education to learn more about Dr. Zhao's work.