- EFA: When I opened the link, it says Global Education Monitoring Report(GEMR), and I downloaded GEM Gender Review which contains a lot of information: I found out that 63% of 758 million illiterate adults are women, and the percentage remained almost the same since 2000; I also found out women in many countries, including Italy and Japan(Which I found unexpected) do at least twice as much unpaid work as men; In addition, I found it interesting that South Korea, with the country’s leader being female(maybe resigning soon), has a relatively low percentage of women on executive board and legislative bodies (“Gender Review,” n.d.).
- CERI: All the websites are new information for me to learn about what they do and who they are. The Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) does extensive research work that covers learning at all ages, from birth to old age. It goes beyond the formal education system. While having a particular concern with emerging trends and issues, CERI reflects on the futures of schools and universities. CERI often has a longer timeframe than most work, typically aiming to set an agenda for the future, with a goal to ensure that the work is thoroughly integrated with empirical analysis and innovation awareness. Specific emphasis is put on accumulating statistical evidence to the value of its research work(OECD, n.d.).
- OECD: one data caught my attention, it is about primary and lower-secondary teacher’s salary. I found out that most developed countries have high salaries for teachers, but Mexico and Turkey have a higher salary than U.S. and Japan are unexpected (“Education resources – teachers’ salaries – OECD data,” 2016).
- UNICEF: UNICEF helps governments, communities and parents gain the capacities and skills they need to fulfill their obligations for children. These obligations include ensuring the right of all children to free, compulsory quality education, even during a humanitarian crisis, in the recovery period after a crisis, or in fragile or unstable situations. We focus on gender equality and work towards eliminating disparities of all kinds(Pirozzi, 2016).
- UNESCO: UNESCO has two global priorities: 1) Africa. 2) Gender Equality. Which I found very reasonable and necessary. The second priority was also addressed by the GEM Gender Review on the EFA website.
- AAIE: This is the first time I have heard of this organization, and their website is for some reason loading really slow. They define themselves as a global community connects diverse people, resources, and ideas, they help international educators lead with vision, wisdom, and integrity
- CCSS: Common Core State Standards is something I am familiar with, because the school I am working in now adopts CCSS. Originally I think there is no common core for science which is the subject I am currently teaching. However after I looked at all the general standards being stated on the website, I think they also apply in the subject of science. The standards are(“Common core state standards initiative,” 2016):
- Research and evidence based
- Clear, understandable, and consistent
- Aligned with college and career expectations
- Based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
- Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
- Informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society
- CCSSO: The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) is a consortium of state education agencies and national educational organizations dedicated to the reform of the preparation, licensing, and on-going professional development of teachers. Created in 1987, InTASC’s primary constituency is state education agencies responsible for teacher licensing, program approval, and professional development. Its work is guided by one basic premise: An effective teacher must be able to integrate content knowledge with the specific strengths and needs of students to assure that all students learn and perform at high levels (“The interstate teacher assessment and support consortium (InTASC),” 2016). So it seems that InTASC has a lot to do with teacher licensing.
- AFT: In the American Federation of Teachers website, I also found an article about Girls and Young Women’s Education which provide me with more detailed data: worldwide, approximately 520 million women are illiterate, an estimated 63 million girls and young women between the ages of 6 and 15 are out of school, and enrollment of girls and young women in school decreases as they progress through the education system; for example, 75 percent of girls and young women enter primary school in Sub-Saharan Africa but only 8 percent finish secondary school(“GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN’S EDUCATION,” 2016).
- NEA: I found one article in National Education Association website related to the subject I am currently teaching-Biology. The author thinks that it is a widespread misconception that American kids have low performance in science. A common misperception about American students is that they are in an academic free-fall when compared to their counterparts in other parts of the world, especially in the study of science(Walker, 2013). The article also mentioned STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as a whole subject. It’s no real mystery why most people overstate our students’ weakness. It’s hard to avoid the constant red alerts coming from the media and the Department of Education about this country’s slipping standards and falling behind in STEM-related subjects(Walker, 2013). Which is so true my department is pushing NGSS(Next Generation Science Standards), and it always emphasizes on engineering incorporated within science.
 Gender Review. (2016). Retrieved December 3, 2016, from http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002460/246045e.pdf
 Education resources – teachers’ salaries – OECD data. (2016). Retrieved December 3, 2016, from OECD, https://data.oecd.org/eduresource/teachers-salaries.htm
 The interstate teacher assessment and support consortium (InTASC). (2016). Retrieved December 3, 2016, from http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/Interstate_Teacher_Assessment_Consortium_%28InTASC%29.html
 GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN’S EDUCATION. (2016). Retrieved December 3, 2016, from http://www.aft.org/resolution/girls-and-young-womens-education
 Walker, T. (2013, June 3). Survey: U.S. Students better at science than public realizes. Retrieved December 3, 2016, from Education Policy, http://neatoday.org/2013/06/03/survey-u-s-students-better-at-science-than-public-realizes-2/