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Based on ground-breaking research in five of the top PISA-ranked cities around the world on the features and practices surrounding 21st century teaching and learning. SEI, Teachers College, Columbia University, together with the Scarsdale School District and the Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore, leveraged the findings of this research to found the Global Learning Alliance (GLA)-a consortium of schools and universities around the world dedicated to understanding, defining, applying, and sharing the principles and practices of a world-class education within a wide range of educational contexts. The inaugural GLA Conference was hosted and held in Singapore by Hwa Chong Institution in August 2011. This Alliance will allow us to continue to conduct on-going research in top-performing schools around the world, including Finland, Canada, China, Singapore, Australia and the United States where we have existing partnerships, to grow our partnership base in more schools and more countries, and to collaborate with universities around the world on projects and pedagogical practices tied to 21st century teaching and learning.

As a result of extensive field research, the Global Capacities Framework has been piloted and adopted for use in three school districts as the foundation for their curriculum planning, instructional and assessment practices.

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The GLA's goal is to rollout this framework to other schools throughout the US and within our global partner schools and beyond. SEI has provided original and active research opportunities for eleven doctoral students at Teachers College with plans to engage more students as this work unfolds. As a way to foster educational equity and to leverage the learning gleaned from both active research in top-performing schools and countries, the GLA invited representatives from Teach for America to join the Global Learning Alliance. Their participation will help to serve as an enzyme for articulating ways to make 21st century pedagogical practices accessible to all schools and all learners.