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Lessons from the Global Cities Education Network

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The Global Cities Education Network (GCEN) is an international learning community of urban systems in Asia and North America launched by Asia Society in 2012. Through participation in the GCEN, teams of high-ranking city officials commit to sharing ideas; learning from one another and from global best practice; and strategically identifying, designing, and implementing systemic reforms and innovations that support educational success for all students. The Center for Global Education at Asia Society serves as the convener of the GCEN, identifies expert advisors and resources, organizes an annual symposium hosted by one of the GCEN cities, and plans working group meetings that delve deeply into issues focused on specific topic areas identified in partnership with city systems. In spring 2015, Asia Society commissioned Policy Studies Associates (PSA) to conduct an evaluation of the GCEN. The key findings and recommendations that emerged from the evaluation are available in the report below.

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