About ARC


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The ARC Vision

The initial vision of the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC) is to establish a global group of educational systems that advances values of equity, excellence, wellbeing, inclusion, sustainability, democracy and human rights for all students within high-quality, professionally-run systems.

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The ARC story

The ARC Education Project is a self-funded international network of policymakers, scholars, and educators from national and state-level systems that share similar values for education reform.


The ARC Secretariat consists of four members: Andy Hargreaves, Yngve Lindvig, Tore Skandsen and Steve Munby.

Our member representatives are: Richard Barwell (University of Ottawa), Arnór Guðmundsson (Iceland), Peter Kent (ICP), Cathy Montreuil (Nova Scotia), Gayle Gorman (Scotland) and Leandro Folgar (Uruguay).

ARC representatives are: Doris Mcwhorter (Project Director), Andy Hargreaves (President), Pasi Sahlberg (ARC Ambassador) and Fiona Forbes (ARC Ambassador).

Read more about the people working for ARC and what they do.


All member systems support, adhere, and promote ARC’s mission statement. Member systems commit to joining ARC for a term of three (3) years, with the opportunity to renew. Member systems include three to four participants representing government (Ministers of Education and Secretaries/Deputy Ministers) and professional leaders (unions, inspectorates, etc). Are you interested to join ARC? Read more about it here.