President's message

Welcome to where educational professionals from all over the world meet to enhance the quality and equity of education for all students in schools globally. ICSEI is an energetic global community bringing together policy makers, researchers and practitioners from over 80 countries in the ICSEI community to share cutting edge knowledge and powerful practice with a view to enabling education systems and schools to become learning organizations for the sake of better education for all.

Linking theory and practice, policy and transformation, leadership and learning under the ICSEI umbrella allows for sound dialogue, critical discussions and a plurality of approaches to jointly achieve in-depth understandings of what constitutes innovative, future-oriented conditions for learning and achieving. Teachers, policy makers and researchers are facing multiple challenges to create the very expertise which enables children and young people to develop the skills and understandings they need for meeting today’s challenges and, more importantly, the resilience they need for surviving and thriving in an unknown future.

Large scale assessment outcomes challenge education systems to invest not only in the qualification of teachers and teacher education systems as well as school leadership but also to create practice which enables learners to both achieve academically and live rewarding lives long after they have left school. Schools that are strongly connected, responsive and responsible are best equipped to deal with socio-economic and demographic changes that change the dynamics between young and old, urban and rural, wealth and poverty, immigration and emigration. Education systems are challenged to find the right balance between openness and regulation to enable each school to be responsive.

ICSEI networks address already many of these issues, ICSEI conferences allow for cutting edge research discourse and learning, and the ICSEI community constantly collaborates on exploring and fostering practice that allows a desirable future to emerge. Global responsibility for human rights is more than an instructional topic, equity is more than implementing inclusion, student voice is more than staging participation, and the post 2015 agenda focuses on education for peaceful coexistence among humankind.

It is my honor to contribute to the growth of ICSEI and the wealth of knowledge in the coming two years as president of ICSEI. Many years of exploring systems learning and transformation, as a researcher, consultant, policy advisor, teacher educator and practitioner, have taught me that it takes the wisdom and experience of many to create a better world. Join ICSEI, and become an active member in our increasingly important global work of sharing and learning for better education and better lives.

Michael Schratz
ICSEI President

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