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By Tracy Crow
January 2009
JSD: In your work preparing the McKinsey report, How the World’s Best- Performing School Systems Come Out on Top, you found that several policies and approaches delivered superior results for students. Can you describe those? Barber: There were basically four key messages from looking at the best systems in the world. Although these systems were on three different conti- nents, in Canada, in Finland, in Singapore and in other parts of Asia, all culturally extremely varied, they had three or four things consistently in common. One is that they recruit really good people into teaching. They could recruit people with good quali- fications — that is, good academic degrees — but also with the personal qualifications to be a good teacher, things like their generosity,

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Tracy Crow is chief strategy officer for Learning Forward. In this position, Crow oversees the planning, creation, production, dissemination, and marketing of all Learning Forward products, including member newsletters, the magazine The Learning Professional, and books. As the editor of the bimonthly magazine The Learning Professional, Crow works with authors and magazine staff to manage the day-to-day operations of the publication. Crow also contributes to the content development of the Learning Forward website and email communications. She works with Learning Forward’s leadership team to develop the messaging and marketing vehicles for products and services.


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