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Esther Care is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Universal Education at Brookings. She works with government and nongovernment organizations on education reform, with a focus on 21st century skills and assessment. She is coordinator for pilot of a new indicator of SDG 4.7, and works with UNESCO on review of the substance of global citizenship in Asia. She is working with ReLi in East Africa on assessment of life skills through the AliVE initiative, and is currently team leader for an Asian Development Bank study on EdTech Solutions for Last Mile Schools in the Philippines. Recently Care has collaborated with UNICEF and Pusat Studi Pendidikan Dan Kebijakan, an Indonesian NGO, on student assessment of “karakter” for the national assessments; has concluded work with Myanmar on their national assessment system; and with UNICEF on Sri Lanka's education reforms.

From a career in academia spanning 20 years at the University of Melbourne, Care moved to Washington, D.C. late in 2015 to work with the Brookings Institution as senior fellow to continue her exploration of the 21st century skills global shift in education. Her expertise lies in psycho-educational assessment, expanding to the mainstream education sector over the past decade. She is the author of several books focused on 21st century skills, as well as the writer of many academic articles on psycho-educational assessment, formative assessment, education system reform, and collaborative problem-solving. In the last decade, Care has worked extensively with country partners in the Philippines, where she was founding director of a collaborative research center designed to build capacity in education system reform; in Cambodia, Nepal and Mongolia; and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, and Zambia.

Care is also a professorial fellow with the University of Melbourne.

Esther Care is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Universal Education at Brookings. She works with government and nongovernment organizations on education reform, with a focus on 21st century skills and assessment. She is coordinator for pilot of a new indicator of SDG 4.7, and works with UNESCO on review of the substance of global citizenship in Asia. She is working with ReLi in East Africa on assessment of life skills through the AliVE initiative, and is currently team leader for an Asian Development Bank study on EdTech Solutions for Last Mile Schools in the Philippines. Recently Care has collaborated with UNICEF and Pusat Studi Pendidikan Dan Kebijakan, an Indonesian NGO, on student assessment of “karakter” for the national assessments; has concluded work with Myanmar on their national assessment system; and with UNICEF on Sri Lanka’s education reforms.

From a career in academia spanning 20 years at the University of Melbourne, Care moved to Washington, D.C. late in 2015 to work with the Brookings Institution as senior fellow to continue her exploration of the 21st century skills global shift in education. Her expertise lies in psycho-educational assessment, expanding to the mainstream education sector over the past decade. She is the author of several books focused on 21st century skills, as well as the writer of many academic articles on psycho-educational assessment, formative assessment, education system reform, and collaborative problem-solving. In the last decade, Care has worked extensively with country partners in the Philippines, where she was founding director of a collaborative research center designed to build capacity in education system reform; in Cambodia, Nepal and Mongolia; and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, and Zambia.

Care is also a professorial fellow with the University of Melbourne.

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