E3 Civic High hosts internationally renowned educational futurist Dr. Yong Zhao

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – E-3 Civic High takes a different approach to teaching students. Their methods are shaping the future of education and getting international attention.

Helen V. Griffith, Executive Director of e3 Civic High, came by the studio on Tuesday morning to talk more about the school’s unique approach.

There’s a place where every high school student jumps out of bed each morning excited about learning. They’re interested in their lessons because they can see the real-world application in real time. In this world, young people learn to think critically, analyze objectively, and solve problems.

Okay, so this place is the imagination of internationally renowned educational futurist, Yong Zhao, Ph.D. But it’s more than a fantasy; it’s a vision for education that has been shaped over the course of his 30-year distinguished career that has yielded 30 books and more than 100 articles about the future of education.

Dr. Zhao will be in San Diego on October 9 to address educators and parents about how they can help prepare students for a Year 2050 Education, where they are tech-savvy, career-ready leaders ready to solve the complex issues of the world they inherited.

Dr. Zhao will be speaking at the Downtown Public Library as a guest of e3 Civic High, a charter school the educator says is doing things right. “I chose to visit e3 Civic High because the school exemplifies the future of education,” said Dr. Zhao. “Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to education, e3 Civic High identifies the strengths and interests of individual student and helps them connect with design thinking opportunities, industry internships, and state-of-the-art technology. Scholars can take AP classes, but they also have far more experiential learning than the dated, traditional model of education.

“We pride ourselves in being a forward-thinking school where individuality and creativity are embraced,” said Helen V. Griffith, Ed.D., executive director of e3 Civic High. “If you look at the change-makers, inventors, and innovators throughout history, you see people who looked beyond what everyone else thought was possible. We are honored that the visionary Dr. Zhao selected our school for his San Diego visit, and know it will inspire educators, parents, and scholars to continue cultivating their own genius.”

Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia as well as a Global Chair at the University of Bath, UK. He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, 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, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes(2016), Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes (2015), Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (2009)and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (2012).

Yong Zhao has received numerous awards including the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, Outstanding Public Educator from Horace Mann League of USA, and Distinguished Achievement Award in Professional Development from the Association of Education Publishers. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education and is recognized as one of the most influential education scholars.

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