School Leadership During & Beyond COVID-19





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Sep 03, 2020
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School Leadership During & Beyond COVID-19

Salzburg Global and WISE convene third and final part of the Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined series

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 (September 14, 2020), in partnership with WISE Salzburg Global will bring 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 will engage 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 will also look at, more practically, what type of leadership approaches have and haven’t worked during this 6 months of crisis and consider what leadership characteristics are required of 21st century school leaders and educators.

This is the third in a series of online convening addressing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the education sector across the world. The first, held in April as almost 80% of the world's students were on lockdown, unpacked the consequences of COVID-19 on the traditional school model and considered how we best optimize this time of crisis to rapidly innovate and embed system-wide change in our schools and education systems. The second, held in June as some schools had returned to in-person teaching and others contemplated how to do so, explored the systemic responses to the COVID-19 crisis and unpacked what has worked, what has not worked, and what can be reimagined not only for the coming academic year, but for the future of education and learning.

Part III will yet again be open to the public, 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?

To see the full program and to register, please visit the WISE website: