Second Annual Tom Sobol Lecture Brings International Education Scholar to CNR


An internationally known scholar and author will discuss the future of education at the second annual Tom Sobol Lecture on Tuesday, October 29, at The College of New Rochelle.

Dr. Yong Zhao's presentation, titled "Two Education Paradigms: What Defines and How to Create a World Class Education," is presented by the College and Public Schools for Tomorrow.

Zhao is a professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, where he also serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models.

Zhao has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including "Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization" and "World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students." He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 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' Judges' Award and Distinguished Achievement Award in Education Leadership (2013).

Until December 2010, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, athe U.S.-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province. He received his B.A. in English language education from Sichuan Institute of Foreign Languages in Chongqing, China, in 1986. After teaching English in China for six years, he came to Linfield College as a visiting scholar in 1992. He then began his graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He received his A.M. in Education in 1994 and Ph.D. in 1996. He joined the faculty at MSU in 1996 after working as the Language Center Coordinator at Willamette University and a language specialist at Hamilton College.

The event starts at 4 p.m. Respondents are Dr. Carol Burris, Principal, South Side High School, Rockville Centre, New York, and Dr. Tom Rogers, District Superintendent of Nassau BOCES.

Burris is New York's 2013 High School Principal of the Year and the co-author of the New York Principals' letter of concern regarding the evaluation of teachers by student test scores. Nassau BOCES, an organization of over 4,000 employees, serves the 56 school districts responsible for educating Nassau County’s 225,000 public school students –- the largest number served by any BOCES in the state.