Chapters International Celebrates their 10th Year
by getting Yong Zhao for a One-Day workshop on
What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education
16th March 2019, Hong Kong
Medical products are required to disclose both their intended outcomes and known side effects. Educational policy and practice, however, carries no such labels. Thus, teachers, school leaders, and the public are not told, for example, that “this program helps improve your students’ reading scores, but it may make them hate reading forever.”

In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao draws on research from his latest book of the same title, shines a light on the long-ignored phenomenon of side effects of education policies and practices, bringing a fresh and perhaps surprising perspective to evidence-based practices and policies. Identifying the adverse effects of some of the “best” educational interventions with examples from classrooms to boardrooms, Yong Zhao investigates causes and offers clear recommendations.
  • Help educators understand trade-offs of educational strategies and practices.
  • Provides evidence to show how popularly endorsed education strategies, policies, and systems can actually do harm to students.
  • Encourages educators to consider some less-publicized or lower-effect strategies that may be just what the doctor ordered for some students and classrooms.
  1. The Costs of Test Scores: How academic outcomes may harm social-emotional wellbeing
  2. Unproductive Successes: How short-term instruction can hinder long-term education
  3. Personalization: Reach for Greatness for All Children
Trainer’s Profile:
Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University in Australia and Global Chair in Education at East China Normal University. He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes(2016), Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes (2015), Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (2009)and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (2012).
  Certificate of Participation for 8 Professional Development hours
Breakfast, Morning Tea, and Lunch
  A Special discounted rate of USD 150 per participant.
  Hotel Accommodation:
Harbour Plaza North Point
665 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong
(MTR Quarry Bay Station, Exit C)
  South Island School
50 Nam Fung Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong
  Timings 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Registration at 8.30 am on the 16th March, 2019
  Shonal Agarwal

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