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EDUCATION POLICYMAKERS NETWORK

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HOW WILL THE NETWORK BE STRUCTURED?

The Education Policymakers Network will be convened by Salzburg Global between April 2021 and May 2023. The network will comprise of 30-35 policymakers working within national or regional ministries of education. The structure of the network will be as follows:

VIRTUAL MEETINGS OF THE NETWORK

These virtual network meetings will focus on topics that support the breadth of skills agenda such as education innovation and reform, social and emotional learning, learning through play, assessment, teacher preparation, curriculum design, the skills and competencies that children need for self-paced learning, and educator and learner agency. This list will evolve and respond to the needs of the policymakers. The meetings will feature expert speakers from around the world, followed by discussion and reflection from different national contexts. 

The network will convene virtually approximately every six weeks. Given the range of time zones in the target countries there will be two 90-minute meetings at 10:00 and 16:00 CET (Salzburg time) on the day of the network meetings to ensure Fellows in all target countries can participate. The schedule for the meetings of the network can be viewed here. 

IN-PERSON MEETINGS OF THE NETWORK

These highly interactive face-to-face programs will be structured around a mix of thought-provoking presentations, curated conversations, informal interactions, knowledge exchange, and practical group work. The process will combine theory, policy, and practice across different countries in the network and to open up new perspectives and learning opportunities. Participants will also work intensively in focus groups, allowing for in-depth analysis and action plan development on key issues.  

These meetings will take place over five days (four nights) at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria in May 2022, November 2022 and May 2023. (Subject to change, pending changes in COVID-19-related travel restrictions.)

For each of the in-person meetings, members of the network will be offered return economy class travel from their home base to Salzburg, Austria. The costs of meals and accommodation at Schloss Leopoldskron for the duration of the in-person meetings will be covered for members of the network.

LEARNING CIRCLES 

Policymakers will be clustered into small groups for learning circles. At the end of six months, each learning circle will be asked to share a set of recommendations and insights based on their discussions over the past half year. Learning circles will be encouraged to connect on an online platform outside of the scheduled network meetings.

STUDY VISIT BURSARIES

A Study Visit Bursaries scheme will support members of the network or their staff to visit another network member. By traveling to other network members’ context, bursary recipients will have an opportunity to deepen relationships that they have established and to work on meaningful collaborative projects.

ANNUAL PUBLIC ONLINE CONFERENCES

A series of online conferences taking place annually in November will showcase innovative practice, approaches, and impact from both within and beyond the countries in the Education Policymaker Network. The aim of the conference series is to raise awareness of the importance of helping children learn essential skills for life in the 21st century. 

The conferences will take place on November 30 – December 1, 2021, and then in November 2022, and May 2023. They will be free to attend and open to anyone. Within a month of each of the public conferences, Salzburg Global Seminar will release a set of recommendations for practitioners.

ESSAY COLLECTIONS AND E-BOOK

Within three months of each conference, a set of advocacy focused essays from conference contributors will be published by Salzburg Global and Diplomatic Courier. After the third conference, these essays will be collated into an e-book similar to the Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined: Thoughts and Responses from Education’s Frontline During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond publication that came out of the 2020 conference series held with the World Innovation Summit for Education.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT NEEDED TO JOIN THE NETWORK?

The network will launch in April 2021 with a series of online meetings. The online component requires a time commitment of 90 minutes every six weeks for the virtual network meetings; approximately 60 minutes per month for the learning circles; and 5 days, plus travel time to Salzburg in Austria, in May 2022, November 2022 and May 2023. 

Public Online Conferences will be held in November 2021, November 2022 and May 2023. Participants of the Network will be invited to participate in the online conferences and encouraged to help recruit colleagues and peers to participate.