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2nd Global Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit: supporting UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4

Thursday 4 May 2017 9:30am to 2pm National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1A 2HE UK, walking to

The House of Lords, 3pm for Afternoon Tea 3.30pm-5pm hosted by Lord Jim Knight (previously Minister for Schools, Patron of ITTE, the Association for IT in Teacher Education).

Education as a Self-improving Profession: strategies, tools, processes: national and international - supporting SDG4

This second Summit is focused on bringing together knowledge about strategies, tools and processes which support a self-improving profession and improving teacher retention and quality. The implementation of the 'marginal gains' strategy outlined in the report from the first Summit provides one key focus.

The Summit brings together educators, policy makers, professional associations and stakeholders to work actively to share knowledge and critique processes, strategies and tools, supported by 'translational research' models for education, which address these global education challenges.

Background to the Summit

Irina Bokova Director General of UNESCO has identified the potential for "teachers and teacher educators to act as change agents" in the achieving of UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Improving the quality of education by 2030.

These Summits are designed to support developing and developed countries in the achievement of UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goal 4 within the Education 2030 Framework for Action.

UNESCO, the OECD and national governments have repeatedly identified teacher retention, teacher quality, teacher education, knowledge mobilisation, and evidence informed practice as providing major challenges to education systems.

This Summit builds on the report from the first summit Making a difference to teacher quality - to ensure inclusive and quality education for all by 2020” which identified a low cost ‘marginal gains’ strategy for engaging teacher educators as change agents to achieve SDG4 (using low cost digital tools and infrastructure).

The Summits bring together education stakeholders, policy makers and educators with everyone playing an active role in the free exchange of ideas and knowledge. Speakers have 5-7 minutes to present. Those wishing to make contributions are asked to email the Summit team at enquiries@meshguides.org with a paragraph and supporting evidence about the processes, strategies and tools they wish to present.

The key documents that inform this event are

Outline Agenda and speakers (updated as nominations are accepted)

Keynote: UNESCO aspirations and SDG4 progress

Gary Brace UK National Commission for UNESCO Vice-Chair and Director for Education

Challenges - Panel 1: Setting the scene: National and international challenges on recruitment and retention and education as a self-improving profession

Panel chair: Gary Brace UK National Commission for UNESCO Vice-Chair and Director for Education

  • UNESCO Global Education Monitoring report
  • OECD ITEL report
  • 1st Global Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation report – a marginal gains strategy

Panel members include

  • Professor Joanna Hughes, UNESCO Chair, Queens University Belfast
  • on 'translational research' for the educatoin sector: a missing ingredient in educational improvement: Professor Marilyn Leask, Education Futures Collaboration charity and Institute for Education Futures, De Montfort University
  • Roger Batholomew - A Phillipines perspective
  • other speakers to be confirmed

Solutions - Panel 2: Global Knowledge Management initiatives - how they are managed and financed

Panel chair: Dr Helen Boulron, chair, the Association of IT in Teacher Education

  • Professor Brian Hudson, member of the WERA Outreach Committee (World Education Research Association), and Board Member of the Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE)
  • a professional association perspective: Professor Linda La Velle, chair Teacher Education Research committee, UK Universities Council for the Education of Teachers UCET and Plymouth University
  • examples from Wikipedia and the Cochrane Collaoration and the European SchoolNet
  • MESHGuides Research Sumaries and the role of In-country groups in the mobilisation of knowledge - Dr Sarah Younie,

Solutions - Panel 3: Strategies and Tools for a self improving profession

Panel chair: Dr Sarah Younie, Institute for Education Futures, De Montfort University, ITTE Board member (prevously chair), chair and co-chair the Education Futures Collaboration charity and co-convenor of the BERA Educational Research and Policy Making SIG,

Panel members include

representatives from professional associations, universities and teacher council leaders, innovative CPD providers:

  • Research summary software launch, standards for submission and quality assurance - Dr Tamim Khan, Bahria Univ. Islamabad and a Pakistan perspectiveonline networking for the public sector - case studies, Jason Fahy, Knowledge Hub (www.khub.net)
  • on international professional networking: Professor Christina Preston, International MirandaNet Fellowship
  • on international researching schools: Dr Christina Hinton, Harvard University and Research Schools International
  • on BERA's Good Practice in Reporting Research for users and ethical guidelines for school-based research: Professor Gary McCulloch, incoming Chair British Educational Research Association and University College London, Institute of Education
  • on a Knowledge Repository of educational terms - Dr Pinky Jain, University of Worcester and co-convenor of the BERA International Comparative Education SIG
  • on the IRIS-Connect school CPD strategy based on confidential evaluation a teacher's own practice using video: Graham Newell, previously Director of Education in a UK local authority on IRIS connect.

The focus is on efficient use of processes, resources, models, tools and technology for keeping teachers up-to-date, for financing lifelong professional development and mobilising, updating, quality assuring and financing evidence-informed knowledge for teaching.

House of Lords – Cholmondeley Room:

Meeting global challenges: maximising the impct of aid and investment in education

3.30 welcome: Lord Jim Knight

  • Networking and serving of tea

4pm Meeting global challenges: panel

  • Maximising intellectual capital for impact - Areopa, Belgium
  • Knowledge Hubs - perspectives on capacity building in Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan
  • innovative CPD supported by digital tools
  • online networking for the public sector - case studies, Jason Fahy, Knowledge Hub (www.khub.net)

5 pm end: Plans for the year ahead– Dr Sarah Younie

Progress reports from actions identified in the 2016 TEdKMb report will be reported during the Summit. These include proposals and bids being taken forward to set up Higher Education Knowledge Exchange Hubs in Ethiopia, Pakistan, Poland, Belgium, UK, Cuba and within the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa stimulated by the first Summit Report.

Further information

If you require an invitation letter for your visa please email enquiries@meshguides.org.

A BERA sponsored followup conference is being held on 21/22 June at the University of Worcester. The contact is Dr Pinky Jain, co-convenor of the BERA International Comparative Education SIG.

We look forward to meeting you and hearing your solutions.

Professor Marilyn Leask, Professor Christina Preston and Dr Sarah Younie

on behalf of the sponsors

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