June 30, 2011, NEW YORK – Asia Society today announced that five new schools in Ohio have joined its International Studies Schools Network (ISSN).
Ohio is one of nine states and the District of Columbia to receive the federal government’s Race to the Top funding, some $4.3 billion devoted to scaling up good educational practices that work. $16.2 million was dedicated to schools that adopt national education reform models to encourage innovative thinking and proven practices. Five districts in Ohio were awarded such innovation grants after a competitive application process. Each school had to articulate how a partnership with Asia Society would assist them in graduating students who are college ready and globally competent.
Asia Society's ISSN is a school-reform initiative dedicated to helping every student achieve global competence by high school graduation and to be ready for college and career in a global age. Research shows the ISSN model, through delivering a design-driven, relevant education, has higher graduation rates and academic achievement than other schools with similar profiles.
“We are delighted to have such a diverse cross-section of Ohio join the ISSN,” said Brandon Wiley, ISSN Director at Asia Society. “We are proud to have been selected as an innovative program by the Ohio Department of Education. We hope to support state’s commitment to graduating globally competent students that are ready to compete and cooperate in the 21st century. These students will contribute to the economy and success of Ohio for generations to come.”
The schools are: Columbus International High School (Columbus City Schools); Jackson High School (Jackson Local School District); Kenton Middle School (Kenton City Schools); International Studies Academy @ Lincoln West High School (Cleveland Metropolitan Schools); and Oak Hills High School (Oak Hills Local School District).
Ohio State Board of Education President Debe Terhar spoke at the announcement today. Addressing the schools, she said, “This award is an opportunity for you to raise the academic expectations for all students and schools.”
Wiley explains, “Over the next three years, the grant will allow us to assist these schools in globalizing their curriculum, while creating engaging, real-world learning experiences for students.“
Wiley added that his hope is to help each school foster strong and strategic partnerships in their communities, and throughout the world. “In the end, these schools are committed to graduating students who possess the critical skills, dispositions, and experiences necessary to be successful,” he concluded.
Winton Woods High School (Winton Woods School District) was the first Ohio school to join the ISSN last year. In the 2011-12 school year, Ohio will have six schools in ISSN.