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The education of our children is the most 
important work a community, a city, or a 
country will undertake. The world is changing and those changes are affecting 
the work educators do. While public education exists to form a learned citizenry, no longer are the boundaries of that citizenship confined to national borders. The effects of globalization have tied the world together in ever more intricate and complex ways. What happens in the Eastern Hemisphere of the world has consequences in the United States, in Tennessee, and in Nashville. 
So it was with “right imagination” that the 
idea of ELLE was formed. ELLE is a cooperative endeavor between two universities, Vanderbilt University of Nashville and South China 
Normal University of Guangzhou, China.