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EDUCATION FOR TOMORROW'S WORLD

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Overview

For an unprecedented six months, global physical lockdown has made disruption an ongoing reality for a majority of the world’s education systems. As students, teachers, and school leaders usher in a new academic year, many are wondering what school and learning will look like in a post-COVID-19 world in which uncertainty is the "new normal." Time and again, research has shown that school leadership is a key factor in student outcomes and well-being. But at a time when the structures and systems of the traditional school model have been completely unraveled, has good leadership become ever more critical?

Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, conversation among education policymakers and experts had turned toward building a 21st century learning paradigm, a model that marries the acquisition of academic skill with the building of behavioral competencies such as agency, collaboration, problem-solving, creativity and life-long learning. The outcome of this approach – the so called 21st century learner – would be a resilient, agile, and collaborative problem solver capable of taking on the challenges of our ever-changing world. If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is that the time to implement such a future-forward approach is now. But if we are serious about accelerating such transformation of our learning systems, isn’t it also necessary to consider the implications for our educators and school leaders?

For the third part in the Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined convening series, in partnership with WISE, this program brought together key stakeholders from education systems around the world in a networked learning community to examine the implications of the COVID-19 crisis on the 21st century school leadership paradigm. Speakers and participants engaged in discussions aimed at reimagining the mechanisms and approaches to responding to a fast-changing, uncertain world with resilient school systems and future-prepared school leaders. They also looked at, more practically, what type of leadership approaches have and haven’t worked during this 6 months of crisis and considered what leadership characteristics are required of 21st century school leaders and educators. Part III was a public online convening bringing together experts and practitioners from around the world to consider the following key themes and questions:

  1. Leadership, Innovation and the Future of Schooling: What does 21st century school leadership look like in a post-COVID-19 world? How is this reflective of the changes taking place in education systems and structures?
  2. New Relational Models and Dynamics in School Leadership: Who gets to be a leader in the school systems of tomorrow? Who gets agency to act in certain spheres? What are the implications of the shifting roles and responsibilities of school leadership on how we train the education workforce?
  3. Leadership and Equity: How can we build more equitable systems for the future? What is the role of school leaders in ensuring that schools and systems are built back in a fairer, more equitable, way?

 

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Conference Session 1: 09:00 - 12:45 Doha (GMT+3)
  • 09:00-9:15: Welcome and Setting the Scene

    Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE, Qatar
    Simon Breakspear, Research Fellow, Gonski Institute, UNSW, Australia
    Anthony Mackay, CEO, National Center on Education and the Economy, Australia

     
  • 09:15-9:45: Keynote Speaker + Q&A

    Speaker: John Hattie, Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia

    Moderator: Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE, Qatar
     
  • 09:45-10:30: Panel: Innovative Leadership Practices & the Future of Schooling

    Speakers: Valerie Hannon, Board Director & Co-founder, Innovation Unit (UK)
    Staneala Beckley, Ministry of Education, Sierra Leone
    Maina Gioko, Head of Professional Learning Programme, Aga Khan Academy Mombasa, Kenya

    Moderator: Charlotte Jones, Global Head of R&D, Education Development Trust, United Kingdom 

     
  • 10:30-11:00: Break

     
  • 11:00-11:45: Panel Discussion: New Relational Models and Dynamics in School Leadership: Who Gets to be a Leader? Who Gets Agency to Act in Certain Spheres?


    Speakers: Amy Bellinger, Education Commission, United Kingdom
    Kirin Bir Sethi, Founder, Design for Change, India
    Valerie Yip, Senior Lecturer, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Moderator: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria

     
  • 11:45-12:30: A Conversation about Leadership and Equity: How Can We Build More Equitable Systems for the Future?

    Speakers: Xueqin Jiang, Education Consultant, China
    Pasi Sahlberg, Professor, Education Policy, Gonski Institute, UNSW Sydney, Australia
    Sara Ruto, CEO, PAL Network, Kenya
    Simon Breakspear, Research Fellow, Gonski Institute, UNSW, Australia
    Karen Edge, Reader in Educational Leadership, UCL, United Kingdom

    Moderator: Anthony Mackay, CEO, National Center on Education and the Economy, Australia
     

  • 12:30-12:45: Closing

    Anthony Mackay, CEO, National Center on Education and the Economy, Australia

Conference Session 2: 18:00 - 21:45 Doha (GMT+3)
  • 18:00-18:15: Welcome and Setting the Scene

    Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria
    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE, Qatar
     

  • 18:15-18:45: Keynote Speaker + Q&A

    Speaker: David Sengeh, Minister of Education, Sierra Leone

    Moderator: Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE, Qatar
     

  • 18:45-19:30: Panel: Innovative Leadership Practices & the Future of Schooling

    Speakers: Jennifer Groff, Research Fellow, Qatar Foundation, United States of America
    Hessa Al-Thani, Assistant Professor, Educational Sciences, Qatar University, Qatar
    Noam Gerstein, Co-founder & CEO, Bina, Germany

    Moderator: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria
     

  • 19:30-20:00: Break 

     
  • 20:00-20:45: Panel Discussion: New Relational Models and Dynamics in School Leadership: Who Gets to be a Leader? Who Gets Agency to Act in Certain Spheres?

    Speakers: Mohammed Elmeski, Clinical Associate Professor, Arizona State University, United States of America
    Carol Campbell, Associate Professor, Leadership and Educational Change, University of Toronto, Canada
    Chantal Kabanda Dusabe, Education Advisor, School Leadership, VVOB Rwanda, Rwanda

    Moderator: Shelby Cosner, Professor, Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), United States of America
     

  • 20:45- 21:30: A Conversation about Leadership and Equity: How Can We Build More Equitable Systems for the Future?

    Speakers: Wendy Kopp, CEO & Co-founder, Teach for All, United States of America
    Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, Education Consultant, Mexico/Canada
    Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director, Fundación Escuela Nueva, Colombia

    Moderator: Azad Oommen, Co-Founder, Global School Leaders, United States of America
     

  • 21:30-21:45: Closing

    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE, Qatar
    Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria