Dutchtown HS named 2017 World-Leading Learner

Halen Doughty
Ascension Parish Schools Superintendent David Alexander poses in front of Dutchtown High School.

Dutchtown High School is one of just 30 schools to be named a 2017 World-Leading Learner. DTHS was invited to join the Global Learning Network, which is a community of exemplary educators that develop, practice, and share innovative approaches to education.

This month, Dutchtown leaders will meet with school leaders from the U.S., Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, and Canada at the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Convening of Word-Leading Learners in Baton Rouge. The Rethinking Education for the 21st Century event is co-hosted by America Achieves and the OECD.

Dutchtown High School Principal Carli Francois said they are thrilled to join the Global Learning Network and to be recognized by America Achieves.

I am so proud of our work at Dutchtown and our efforts to meet the needs of every Griffin,” said Francois. “I look forward to sharing our experience in balancing career preparation and academics with leaders from schools around the world, and learning how other schools are preparing their students for success beyond the classroom.”

Executive Chairman of America Achieves, Jon Schnur, said this year’s cohort is made up of exemplary schools from around the world that are adapting to prepare their students to be successful in a fast-changing labor market.

We are witnessing the most significant and fast-paced economic change in recent global history. We need to recognize the significant implications these changes have on the workforce and the knowledge and skills students will need for their future careers,” said Schnur, “Schools need to change as the world is changing."

Director for Education and Skills, Andreas Schleicher added that modern schools need to help all students achieve their highest potential so they can play active roles in shaping societies and economies for the future. World-Leading Learners will share the best practices between schools and explore new ways for schools to develop as learning organizers.

In the U.S., state departments of education nominated schools for the opportunity to join the cohort of 30 high schools from around the world that will participate in the event. Once nominated, schools were interviewed. Seventeen schools were selected from seven states, and 13 international schools from six countries were also invited. Each school was selected for their progress in excellence, equity, and innovation.

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