Working with countries in Asia to raise awareness of 21st century skills in classrooms

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How can we teach and assess 21st century skills in classrooms? How can teachers adapt their teaching and lesson plans to integrate skills like critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration? Recently, education stakeholders from Cambodia, Mongolia, and Nepal came together to share their resources, learn from each other, and tackle these big challenging questions—a true model of country collaboration.
A multi-national collaborationThe first in-country 5-day regional workshop for the Optimizing Assessment for All (OAA) project was hosted by the Nepal National Technical Team through their Education Review Office in Kathmandu from May 28 to June 1, 2018. The workshop brought together the core members of Technical Teams from Cambodia, Mongolia, and Nepal, the project team from The Brookings Institution, and technical partners. A welcome addition was the teacher team from Nepal from four schools participating in the project.
The teacher team from NepalJoint Secretary Dr. Lekha Nath Poudel, of Nepal, welcomed participants and Devi Ram Archaya, head of the host team, ensured that the workshop was off to a great start. To establish a firm footing, each technical team gave an overview of their formal education system’s integration of transversal competencies and how classroom assessment is managed. Esther Care from The Brookings Institution then outlined project objectives with particular focus on classroom assessment and links to pedagogical strategies.
Moving into the substantive work, curriculum audit outcomes across the three countries were reviewed—in order to develop common assessment tasks, it is essential to identify common topics, themes, and levels of difficulty across Grade 5-6 curricula in the countries. Next on the table was a focus on key principles of assessment frameworks and which of these are particularly relevant to this work.
One of the key goals and outcomes of the week’s work was to agree on common definitions and descriptions of the three skills selected for OAA’s work in …

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