Teru Clavel with Devon Wible | Live Zoom Author Talk

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Our children are our future — how can we raise them to thrive in an increasingly globalized world?

Meet the Author: Teru Clavel will join us on Zoom to discuss her book, World Class: One Mother’s Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for Her Children, with Devon Wible, a local leader in empowering educators and students. Clavel will highlight her experiences with the public schools in New York City, Hong Kong and Tokyo, analyzing their strengths and weaknesses, and offering suggestions for parents.

World Class is an essential read for parents and educators alike who want to participate in discussions about how to do better for our children. Teru Clavel highlights what our global counterparts are getting right (and wrong) in their schools, offering real-world solutions to the toughest education dilemmas we face here and abroad.

This virtual program is FREE. Registration below is required. All registered participants will receive an email with a Zoom link on the morning of the event.

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About World Class
When Teru Clavel had young children, the oldest barely two, she watched as her friends and fellow parents vied to secure a spot in the right New York City preschool. Following her gut feeling that a truly world-class education involves more than the privilege of elite private schools, Teru and her family moved to Asia, embarking on a unique ten-year-long journey through the local public schools (not the common international school route of most expatriates) of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo, followed by two years in Palo Alto. Today, these are the world’s top three economies. During this time, Teru discovered firsthand why students in China and Japan are far outpacing their American counterparts and what lessons can be applied from these countries to improve the US education system and help our children gain the skills needed to remain globally Competitive.

From the crucial preschool years to the grade school years, Clavel provides practical tips and takeaways for parents to bring the best of Asia’s education and parenting philosophies into American homes and schools. Including crucial advice on assessing schools, evaluating curricula, and advocating for your children within the quirks of the American school system, WORLD CLASS (Atria Hardcover; On Sale: September, 2019; $28.00) will help parents achieve more than just a passing grade: it gives parents the know-how, skillset, and toolkit to set their children on a path of lifelong learning and success.

About Teru Clavel
Teru Clavel is a comparative education expert and author who has shared her insights on education and globalization on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS, The TODAY Show, CBS This Morning, CNBC’s Squawk Box, and Channel NewsAsia. She has written columns for and been cited in The Japan Times, Financial Times, Washington Post and numerous other publications. She has been heard on over 1,050 radio stations including WTOP in Washington DC and KABC in Los Angeles with big name hosts like Jim Bohannon, Dr. Drew Pinsky, and Lars Larson. Teru earned a master’s degree in Global and International Education and a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies. Teru spent over a decade as an education journalist and college consultant while raising her three children in the public schools of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and California and returned with her family to her hometown, New York City, in 2018.

About Devon Wible
Devon Wible is the Vice President of Academics at Full Bloom where she oversees curriculum development, product creation, and instructional excellence. Upon graduating from Princeton University, Devon started her career in the classroom as a high school social studies teacher. In 2007, she left the classroom and began working in curriculum development at Kaplan K12 Curriculum Solutions where she started as a Social Studies Curriculum Manager partnering with school districts to create standards-aligned curricula solutions. Devon quickly advanced to lead the College Prep and K12 Curriculum development team. From 2013 to 2016, she led the teams that overhauled Kaplan’s PSAT, SAT, and ACT programs to prepare students for major test changes. In 2017, Devon joined Full Bloom where she works today to quell educational inequity for at-risk students. She has led the development and launch of a new K-5 Literacy Intervention program as well as STEM and Robotics programs. Her team is currently developing new math intervention program as well as a middle school literacy intervention program. Devon resides in Easton, CT with her husband, Jud, her three little boys, and their puggle.


May 13, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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