Dr. Connie K. Chung is a veteran educator with more than 20 years of experience in practice, research, and policy. She has conducted research, taught, written, and collaborated to build networks, organizations, and curricula that expand the capacity of young people, adults, and organizations to create a more caring, just, and sustainable world.
Dr. Chung is working with the Education 2030 Project, researching ways that learning can enhance individual and social well-being, including the teaching of attitudes and values.
As the former Associate Director of Harvard Graduate School of Education's Global Education Innovation Initiative, a research-practice-policy collaborative that works with education institutions in nine countries, she spent the last 4 years managing 3 book-length research projects while building a global ed org, requiring collaboration with multiple stakeholders around the world. She is the co-editor of the book, Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-first Century: Educational Goals, Policies, and Curricula from Six Nations (Harvard Education Press, 2016), a co-editor of a forthcoming book from Harvard Education Press about building the capacity to teach a broad range of skills to children in seven countries; and the author of a forthcoming book that is a study of 10 organizations that together reach 32 million children around the world, providing them with opportunities to build a better future for themselves and their communities.
She has conducted research about building the capacity of organizations and people to work together toward providing a powerful, relevant, rigorous, and meaningful education for all children that support individual and community growth. She is a contributor to the book, A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform (Oxford UP, 2011); she is currently also working on a forthcoming book about Muslims, Christians, and Jewish leaders who collaborate through community organizing to build better communities.
A former public high school English teacher nominated by students for teaching awards, she has taught college and graduate students and developed a K–12 global citizenship curriculum with colleagues.
Her greatest sense of satisfaction has come from working with young people, one of whom wrote to her, “I learned more about life in this class than in any other part of high school. Thank you for not only teaching us to think critically but also humanitarian-ly as citizens of this world. When I talked about my vision of a mentoring program, you really listened. I feel encouraged to make it happen before the end of my senior year, and to make things happen for the rest of my life.”
Dr. Chung received her BA with honors in English Literature, EdM's in Teaching and Curriculum (1999) and in International Education Policy (2007), and doctorate from Harvard University.