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Release: #18-78
November 28, 2018
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent Torlakson Announces Inaugural International Education Conference

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will join leaders from China, Mexico, and Northern Ireland in the first International Education Conference which begins this week at the California Department of Education (CDE) headquarters in Sacramento.

“It’s critical that we forge new partnerships and programs between California and educators throughout the world,” said Torlakson. “California educators must engage with global ideas and cultures to continue being a leading, dynamic, and innovative education system.”

From November 28 through December 1, the CDE and the international delegations will discuss key challenges and opportunities facing each educational system, and identify potential steps for collaboration.

The conference builds on Torlakson’s previous work assisting students who have attended K–12 schools on both sides of the California-Mexico border, as well as the Global California 2030 initiative, which calls for rapidly expanding the teaching of world languages and the number of students proficient in more than one language.  

“In California, our diversity is our strength and our global partnerships make our economy powerful,” Torlakson said. “We come from different countries, work in different education systems, and speak different languages, but we all want all of our students to succeed on their way to 21st century careers and higher education.”

The ultimate goal is to build bridges of friendship and collaboration between the participating countries, and talk about shared issues such as multilingual education, conflict resolution, and public-private partnerships, Torlakson added. There is also time to hear from youth on their perspective on the current state of education in their respective countries.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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