Prof Fernando M. Reimers

Professor of the Practice in International Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters Program at Harvard University.

Professor Reimers is an expert in the field of Global Education. His research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century. He studies how education policy and leadership foster educational innovation and quality improvement. As part of the work of the Global Education Innovation Initiative he leads, he and his colleagues conducted a comparative study of the goals of education as reflected in the curriculum in Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United States, published as Teaching and Learning for the 21stCentury by Harvard Education Press, a book which has also been published in Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.  Two recent books present integrated, project based, K-12 global citizenship curricula aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals:  Empowering Global Citizens  and  Empowering Students to Improve the World in Sixty Lessons.  Version 1.0. These books have been translated to Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Two recently edited books compile the results of informed dialogues, designed to foster collective impact in the areas of teacher education in Massachusetts (Fifteen Letters on Education in Singapore) and in the area of Scaling 21st century education programs (Empowering All Students at Scale). He recently chaired a Global Alliance which produced a framework for collective impact in strengthening teacher preparation and support (Connecting the Dots to build the future teaching and learning). His most recent book One Student at a Time. Leading the Global Education Movement, is an analysis of how leaders expand educational opportunity around the world to advance freedom and justice in an exponentially accelerating changing context.

He is interested in the role of higher education institutions cultivating the leadership of youth who can advance democratic institutions and promote economic and social innovation. He has led the development of several innovative programs at Harvard University, including the masters degree in International Education Policy and various executive education programs, including a program to support education leaders working for UNICEF. He co-chairs the Advanced Leadership Initiative, a program which brings to the university outstanding individuals who have retired from a primary career and who are interested in devoting themselves to addressing significant social challenges. As chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education he works with all public institutions of higher education in the State developing institutional strategies to enhance the relevance of their programs. He has advised a range of institutions of higher education on strategies to advance the global awareness of undergraduates. 

In 2017 he received the Global Citizen Award from the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations for his work advancing global citizenship education. In 2015 he was appointed the C.J. Koh Visiting Professor of Education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore in recognition of his work in global education. He received an honorary doctorate from Emerson College for his work advancing human rights education.


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