This is our pleasure to invite you to the 17th annual conference "Trends of Education Development" which will be held on February 13th-15th in the new building of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and also in the new building of s big school complex Tsaritsino.
Educational reforms in Russia and worldwide have always been in the focus of our attention: education cannot but change if the entire global society is changing. Currently as the Russian government has announced a large scale National Project in Education, we would like to look at priorities pursued in the course of reforms worldwide, ways to implement successful reforms and measure their success in the context of big data that has become available to us.
The new national project has determined main dimensions of Russian educational policy for the next several years such as:
support to families having children;
constructing digital education environment;
modern school facilities;
success of every child;
the future of teaching profession;
new opportunities for everyone;
socially active citizens;
export of education.
The implementation and success indicators of these sub-projects are widely discussed in the Russian society. Some people are concerned about investments mainly into gifted children education, some about lack of consensus about digitalization, passionate debates are held about the future of teaching profession. Therefore, we are interested in similar discourse held abroad and successful reforms indicators that have been described and debated by sir Michael Barber, Michael Fullan, Pasi Salberg, Linda Darling-Hammond, Andy Hargreaves, Alma Harris and many others. We believe that joint discussions with our colleagues abroad will help us shape our vision about the future and identify best practice to be studied in depth.
We expect participation of top Russian scholars, leaders of educational systems and educational institutions, and experts from abroad.
The conference will consist of
- Several plenary presentation panels devoted to the main issues of the conference. Wherever possible we will arrange plenary discussions on their basis (30-40 minutes per each presentation unless specified otherwise)
- A series of round table discussions at which we will discuss diverse approaches to quality appraisal of educational institutions and ways to improve the existing procedures. (inputs not longer than 7 minutes)
- A series of parallel panel sessions at which we will discuss research data relevant for the topics discussed (each presentation should be no longer than 25 minutes)
- Workshops (each workshop will last for 90 minutes)
During the last day of the conference we envisage a big discussion devoted to functioning of Teach First in UK and Teach for Russia programmes
The plenary presentations, we suggest, could address the following issues:
- Challenges of the 21 century and education reforms' priorities
- The role of comparative studies and big data in shaping educational reforms agenda
- Appraising the educational reforms effectiveness: who is in charge and how the process is organized
- The challenges and progress in early childhood education in the world educational systems
- Educational reforms and their impact upon informal education
- Digitalized education: risks and opportunities
Plenary speakers should be in no way limited to the proposed set of topics and can suggest their own ideas, which, they believe, will contribute meaningfully to the agenda discussed.
The following topics are suggested for the discussions at the round tables and panel session (the list is tentative and will be finalized by mid-January through discussions with potential contributors)
1. Leaders and outsiders in the world of education: how are they determined
2. International ratings as indicators of countries' education development
3. 21 century skills and their role in school standards and curricula
4. How are decisions about the launch of education reforms made?
5. Who studies results and impact of education reforms and how are the outcomes communicated to the public?
6. The dichotomy of child safety and well-being in early childhood education
7. How does ECE status change in educational systems of different countries?
8. How must the school system change to meet the challenges of the 21 century?
9. Train or retrain? How can we make teacher education effective?
10. Trust and control in the system of education
11. The place and the role of supplementary education in the contemporary systems of education
12. Online education and non-formal providers: competition or partnership?
13. Inequality in education and reforms addressing the issue
14. Financial reforms and their effectiveness in Russia and abroad
15. Why are most educational reforms so unwelcome?
16. Public participation as the catalyst of education reforms
The programme committee of the conference: Sir Michael Barber, Victor Bolotov, Elena Fedorenko, Isak Froumin, David Hawker, Eeva Hujala, Boris Khasan, Sergey Kosaretsky, Oleg Lebedev, Elena Lenskaya, Evgeny Mironov, Mikhail Nazarov, Irina Sidorova, Marina Pinskaya, Katerina Polivanova, Victoria Prudnikova, Efim Pachevsky, Igor Remorenko, Valentin Shaulin, Natalia Tyurina, Konstantin Ushakov, Igor Valdman, Elena Yudina.
Please send us your applications for presentations at panel sessions, plenaries and round tables.
The applications submission deadline is 23rd of January. We will let all the applicants know which abstracts have been selected not later than January 30th. Maximum length of the abstract is 500 words.