Join the IB & US Leaders Dec. 10 for Live Webstream on How to Improve US Academic Programs

Article ID: 596975

Released: 6-Dec-2012 1:30 PM EST

Source Newsroom: International Baccalaureate

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Event Details: Monday, Dec. 10, 20128:30 - 10:30 am ET (Doors open at 8 am) The Washington Post1150 15th Street, NW, Washington D.C.

Newswise — Washington, D.C— Recent reports rank America as the 17th in the world on education, with Finland and South Korea topping the list. What accounts for the drop in ranking and how can the U.S. return to being a leader? On December 10, Washington Post Live, sponsored by the International Baccalaureate (IB), will bring together leading education experts and policy-makers to discuss how U.S. education can compete with the best international programs. The discussion will focus on how to best prepare students to compete in the global workforce, engage in society, and become lifelong learners.

Speakers at the forum, “Education: Raising America's Global Standing” are:

Anthony Wilder Miller, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of EducationMelissa Lazarín, Director, Education Policy, Center for American ProgressJoshua Starr, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public SchoolsDavid Conley, CEO, Education Policy Improvement CenterHeather Harding, Senior Vice President, Community Partnerships, Teach for AmericaJamie Merisotis, President & CEO, Lumina Foundation Richard Trogisch, Principal, School Without Walls

“The discussion about how best to prepare students to succeed in the competitive globalized economy is relevant to every family, every neighborhood, and every economic community, whether global, regional, national or local,” said IB Director General Jeffrey Beard, who will open the forum on behalf of the IB.

“This forum brings together some of the brightest minds in education to focus on a topic so critical to our future,” said Mary Jordan, Editor, Washington Post Live.

The discussion will be live-streamed at (no registration required) and is open to the media. (All press must request to RSVP by e-mailing

Washington Post Live's “Education: Raising America's Global Standing” is sponsored by both the International Baccalaureate Organization ( and the Mid-Atlantic Association of IB World Schools.


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