Looking back over 21 years of ICSEI conferences

ICSEI celebrated its 21st birthday in 2008. We took the opportunity to look back and see where our conferences have taken us, who has attended them and what themes have been showcased. Over all of the conferences, we have welcomed delegates from 100 countries located in all continents. Each year we welcome new people to ICSEI conferences but also welcome back colleagues who have been coming to ICSEI since the first conference. The themes are chosen by the organising committees to reflect current issues in their context, as well as connecting with ICSEI's overall aim of pursuing educational quality and equity.

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London 6-8 Jan 1988
International Congress for Effective Schools
The Inaugural Meeting
Conference co-chairs: David Reynolds, University College Cardiff and Dale Mann, Teachers College, Columbia University

Approximately 100 people attended, including researchers, school district personnel/local policymakers and practitioners

Countries represented: Australia, Canada, England, Wales, Germany, Hungary, Northern Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, South Africa, United States


  • Where are we now?
  • The identification of effective schools
  • What makes a school effective?
  • School improvement and change

Keynote presenters: David Reynolds (Wales), Dale Mann (USA), Per Dalin (Norway)

Rotterdam 4-6 January 1989
The 2nd International Congress for School Effectiveness (ICSE)
Conference chair: Ton Peters, Project OSM Rotterdam.

300 people attended from 15 countries, plus 160 teaching staff from Rotterdam registered to attend international symposium on school effectiveness


  • Research on effective schools and effective instruction
  • Development of effective schools
  • Experiences in school improvement (implementation strategies)
  • Applications of results in policy making with regard to effective schools/school improvement
  • Evaluation of projects in effective school development

Conference opened by the State Secretary for Education and Science

Keynote presenters: Larry Lezotte (USA), Ogle Duff (the Netherlands, Rima Miller (USA), Desmond Nuttall (England), Barry Fraser (Australia), Thomas Good (USA)

Countries of paper presenters: Australia, Brunei, Jordan, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, England, the Netherlands, Malta, Norway, USA, Sweden, Israel, Zambia

Book/conference proceedings published:

Creemers, B., Peters, T. and Reynolds, D. (1989) School Effectiveness and School Improvement: Proceedings of the Second International Congress Rotterdam 1989. Amsterdam/Lisse, the Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger.


Jerusalem, Israel, 3-5 January 1990
The 3rd International Congress for School Effectiveness
During this congress, the name change was decided, to include improvement

Conference chair: Joseph Bashi, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Over 300 participants attended

Conference opened by the Deputy Prime Minister


Research, practice, policy making
Keynote topics:

  • Effective school movement: high expectations, poor results?
  • Effective schools and educational choice
  • Teacher effectiveness and school effectiveness - the need for a relationship
  • Teachers networking for success
  • Long-range maintenance of the effects of school improvement projects
  • Lessons learned closing the gap between effective schools knowledge and the education of teachers
  • Implementing and assessing a large scale school improvement project
  • The effect of school effects on human capital development
  • School effectiveness research in the 1990s
  • Dissemination of educational development projects
  • Measuring educational effectiveness

Keynote presenters: James Coleman (USA), Dale Mann (USA), Rien van Gendt (the Netherlands), Richard L. King (USA), Michael Fullan (Canada), Joseph Bashi (Israel), Charlotte Frank (USA), Bert Creemers (the Netherlands). Gary Griffin (USA), Herbert Walberg (USA), Thomas Guskey (USA), David Reynolds (Wales)


Countries of paper presenters: United States, the Netherlands, Israel, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Wales, England, Northern Ireland


Book/conference proceedings published:

Bashi, J. and Zass, Z (1992) School Effectiveness & Improvement: Proceedings of the Third International Congress for School Effectiveness, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem 1990. Jerusalem: The Magnes Press, Hebrew University.

Cardiff, Wales 4-6 January 1991
The 4th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement
Conference chair: Dave Reynolds, University College Cardiff

Number of attendees - 270 people.


  • Research on identification of effective schools, school evaluation, performance indicators and statistical and methodological issues in effectiveness research
  • Characteristics of effective schools
  • Relationship between school effectiveness and school improvement and educational administration and policy making
  • School improvement projects, whether based on school effectiveness research or not

Conference opened by the Principal of University of Wales and civic reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff

Countries of paper presenters: the Netherlands, United States, England, Australia, Israel, Brunei, Lithuania, Jordan, Malta, Taiwan, Northern Ireland, Sweden

Keynote presentations from Michael Fullan, (Canada), David Hargreaves (England), Peter Mortimore (England), David Reynolds (Wales)

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 2-5 January 1992
The 5th ICSEI
This was the first conference to host a conference dinner

Conference chair: Larry Sackney, University of Saskatoon


550 attendees, from 42 countries, including U.S., Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, Canada, Belarus, France, South Africa, Slovenia, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Norway, Ukraine, and Hong Kong


Conference opened by the Minister of Education for BC, the Mayor of Victoria, and the President of the University of Victoria.  In addition, the Aboriginal community were part of the opening ceremonies



  • Research on effective schools, school improvement, performance indicators and research methodologies
  • Relationship between school effectiveness and school improvement
  • Attributes of effective schools and impact of context
  • School improvement projects
  • Next phases of school improvement
  • Statistical modelling
  • Research networking


Keynote presenters: Joe Murphy (USA), Michael Huberman (Switzerland), Peter Mortimore (England), Wayne Deharney (Canada). 


Paper presenters were from: the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, South Africa, Northern Ireland, USSR, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Taiwan, France, Kenya, Germany



Norrköping, Sweden, 3-6 January 1993

The 6th ICSEI

Conference chairs: Lennart Klintestam, Norrköping School District and Lennart Grosin, Stockholm University and the Department of Education


Approximately 200 participants from 25 countries


Conference opened by the Minister of Education



  • Improvement
  • Instruction and learning
  • School management
  • Staff working climate
  • School effects
  • Frame factors - size, grade structures, educational authorities etc
  • Concept analysis
  • Teacher training
  • School process factors


Keynote presentations from: Peter Mortimore (England), Karen Seashore Louis (USA), Paul Ramsden (Australia), Louise Stoll (England) and Dean Fink



Paper presentations from: Sweden, USA, Latvia, Norway, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Denmark, Australia, Germany, England, Hong Kong, Jordan, Belarus, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Zambia, Wales, Canada


Melbourne, Australia, 3-6 January 1994

The 7th ICSEI

First ICSEI President - Hedley Beare

First conference with a title

Title: Quality, Equality and the Outcomes of Schooling: Imperatives for Global Development


Conference chair: Brian Caldwell, Melbourne University



  • School improvement processes
  • Instructional and school processes and their effects
  • The organisation and management of schools and schooling
  • Culture, values and school effectiveness


Conference opened by Hedley Beare, President of ICSEI


Approximately 575 participants from 36 countries: Australia, Belarus, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Cook Islands, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, The Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, USA, Vanuatu, Wales


Keynote presenters: Ken Leithwood (Canada), Judy Codding (USA), Yin Cheong Cheng (Hong Kong), Elena Lenskaya (Russia), Judith Chapman (Australia), Barry McGaw (Australia)


Papers presented from the following countries: Australia, Belarus, Botswana, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany,Hong Kong, Israel, the Netherlands, England, Finland, New Zealand, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, The Solomon Islands, USA, Canada, Latvia, South Africa, Sweden, Wales



Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, 3-6 January 1995

The 8th ICSEI

Second ICSEI President: Larry Sackney (Canada)

Title: School Effectiveness and School Improvement: Making Better Links

Conference chair: Rinze Boersma, University of Leewarden, and Bert Creemers, University of Groningen


Approximately 300 participants



  • Instructional effectiveness
  • Policy making
  • Quality management
  • Team enforcement


Conference opened by: Loek Hermans, Commissioner of the Queen of the Netherlands in Friesland


Keynote presenters: Robert Slavin (USA), Bert Creemers (the Netherlands), David Reynolds (England), William Boyd (USA)


Paper presenters from: Friesland, the Netherlands, Australia, Belarus, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, USA


Country reports published:

Creemers, B. P. M. and Osinga, N. (1995) ICSEI Country Reports: ISCEI 1995. Leeuwarden: Gemeenschappelijk Centrum voor Onderwijsbegeleiding in Friesland.


Minsk, Belarus, 3-6 January 1996

The 9th ICSEI

Title: Educational Leadership for the 21st Century


Conference chair: Iouri Zagoumennov, Minsk Institute for Improving Qualification and Re-Training of Educational Administrators and Specialists, Director of Educational Centre for Leadership Development


Number of attendees: 350 from 17 countries



  • Site-based management
  • Total Quality Management
  • Higher order thinking
  • Study skills development


Conference opened by Dr. Vladimir Rusakevich, Vice-Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus

Keynote presenters: Vassiliy Strazhev (Belarus), Victor Bolotov (Russia), Gwendolyn Calvert Baker (US Committee for UNICEF), Tatiana Shamova (Russia), Dale Mann (USA)

Paper presenters from Australia, Belarus, Jordan, Holland, Hungary, India, Israel, Poland, Russia, Sweden, UK, Ukraine, USA

Memphis, Tennessee, USA, 5-8 January 1997

The 10th ICSEI

Third ICSEI President: Janet Chrispeels (Canada)

Title: A World of World Class Schools

First conference with school visits


Conference Chair: Sam Stringfield, Johns Hopkins University


Over 625 participants from 31 countries.


Focus on examining diverse methods for creating and sustaining 'world class' educations for all young people, highlighting eight designs sponsored by New American Schools. No sub-themes

Keynote titles:

  • New American Schools: Working to make high performance schools the norm in Memphis and Nationwide
  • Roots and Wings and Success for All: a quarter of a million children achieving
  • Creating high performing learning communities in secondary schools
  • Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS): results and implications
  • Training new leaders for reform
  • Shaking the foundations: research driven school reform
  • The state of school effectiveness and improvement: evidence from Memphis and the world


Conference opened by the Mayor of Memphis, the Tennessee State Commissioner of Education and the Superintendent of Memphis City Schools


Keynotes: John Anderson (USA), Bob Slavin (USA), Karen Seashore Louis (USA), Albert Beaton (TIMMS), Kenneth Wilson (USA, Nobel prize winner), Peter Hill (Australia), plus international panel -  KC Wong (Hong Kong), Joe Murphy (USA), Bert Creemers (the Netherlands), Janet Chrispeels (USA), David Reynolds (England), Tony Townsend (Australia)


Paper presenters from: Canada, Scotland, USA, Hong Kong, Sweden, Cyprus, England, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, Brunei, Jordan, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Denmark, Nigeria, Israel, Surinam



Manchester, England, 4-7 January 1998

The 11th ICSEI

Title: Reaching Out to All Learners

First conference with attendees from over 50 countries


Conference chair: Paul Clarke, Manchester University


Attendees - over 550 participants from 61 countries: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Botswana, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Solomon Islands, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Wales, Zimbabwe


No sub-themes

Keynote titles:

  • Reaching out to all learners: lessons from experience
  • Theory in practice: facilitating effective teaching using cycles of action research and in-depth classroom studies
  • The emotional politics of educational change
  • Improving school effectiveness
  • The role of a school within the South African context


Conference opened by the Minister for School Standards


Keynote presenters: Mel Ainscow (England), Adrienne Alton-Lee (New Zealand, Andy Hargreaves (Canada), Marlene Lockheed (World Bank), John MacBeath (Scotland), Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa (South Africa), plus international panel - David Reynolds, (England), Janet Chrispeels (USA), Peter Mortimore (England), Joe Murphy (USA), Louise Stoll (England), Sam Stringfield (USA), Bert Creemers (the Netherlands), Tony Townsend (Australia)


Paper presenters from: Australia, Canada, Switzerland, England, the Netherlands, China, Ireland, Scotland, USA, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brazil, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, Wales, Finland, Solomon Islands, Zimbabwe, Iceland, Fiji, Tanzania, Ghana, Austria, Belgium, Jordan, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Latvia, India, Namibia, Cyprus, Israel, Norway, Pakistan


Book/conference proceedings published with country reports:

Townsend, T., Clarke, P. and Ainscow, M. (1999) Third Millennium Schools: A World of Difference in Effectiveness and Improvement. Lisse, the Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger.


San Antonio, Texas, USA, 3-6 January 1999

The 12th ICSEI

Fourth ICSEI President: Tony Townsend (Australia)

Title: Lifting the Profession: Teachers and Schools for the New Millennium


Conference co-chairs:  John Moore and Thomas Sergiovanni, Trinity University, and Sam Stringfield, Johns Hopkins University


Attendees: 926 people attended from 25 countries: USA, Mexico, Hong Kong, England, Chile, Pakistan, Malaysia, Czech Republic, Solomon Islands, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Canada, Brunei, Slovenia, Scotland, Denmark, Belarus, The Netherlands, Fiji, Krygyzstan, Taiwan, Kenya, Zambia, and Belgium.



  • Leadership for change
  • New designs for teaching, learning and schooling, preparing teachers for the 21st century
  • Professional development for restructured schools
  • Qualitative and quantitative advances in school effectiveness research


Conference was opened by: Professor Linda Darling Hammond, Stamford University, USA


Keynote presenters: James Comer (USA), Linda Darling-Hammond (USA), John Anderson (USA), Louise Stoll (England), Fanny Law (Hong Kong), Miguel Antonio Meza Estrada (Mexico), Sandra Feldman and Bob Chase (USA)


Paper presenters from: USA, Sweden, Australia, England, Canada, Brunei, Slovenia, Scotland, Denmark, Hong Kong, Mexico, Belarus, Malaysia, Chile, the Netherlands, Kyrgyzstan, Fiji, Taiwan, Kenya, Czech Republic, Zambia, Belgium, Pakistan


Hong Kong, 3-6 January 2000
The 13th ICSEI
Title: Global Networking for Quality Education

Included school visits in both Hong Kong and China


Conference chair: Moses Cheng, Chairman, Board of Education


Over 1000 attendees from 38 countries: Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lesotho, Macau SAR, Maldives, Malta, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands, The Philippines, UK, USA, Vietnam.



  • Impact of globalization and mega-trends on schooling and effectiveness
  • Information technology and school change and education innovations
  • Curriculum, teaching and learning, and evaluation process for quality education
  • Leadership, school-based management and management process for school reforms and improvement
  • Teacher education, performance, professional development and school improvement
  • Teacher education, performance, professional development and school improvement
  • Community involvement in school effectiveness and improvement


Conference opened by Chief Secretary for Administration, Hong Kong SAR; Secretary for Education and Manpower, Hong Kong SAR;  and Vice Minister, Ministry of Education, The People’s Republic of China


Keynote presenters: Michael Fullan (Canada), Kai-ming Cheng (Hong Kong SAR), Ruth Hayhoe and Yin-Cheong Cheng (Hong Kong SAR), Michael Barber, (England), Peter Mortimore (England), Lan YE (China), Brian Caldwell (Australia)


Paper presenters from: England, Albania, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Chile, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, USA, Denmark, China, Switzerland, Canada, Belarus, South Korea, Taiwan, Mongolia, Cyprus, Malta, Belgium, Scotland, The Philippines, Singapore, India, Latvia, Lesotho, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Spain, Germany, France, Sweden


Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 5-9 January 2001
The 14th ICSEI
Fifth ICSEI President: Louise Stoll (England)

Title: Equity, Globalization and Change: Education for the 21st Century

Conference co-chairs:  Alison Griffith. York University and Cecilie Reynolds (programme chair), OISE/University of Toronto

Attendees - 800, from approximately 40 countries.


  • Change issues in leadership, teaching and learning
  • Reflections on research on school effectiveness and improvement
  • Technologies, innovation and change
  • Alternative voices for education


Conference was opened by ICSEI President and Mayor of Toronto.

Welcome messages in the conference brochure from the Canadian Prime Minister and the Premier of Ontario


Keynote presenters: David Hopkins (England), Jane Kenway (Australia), Stephen Lewis (Canada), Berit As (Norway), Beatrice Avalos (Chile), Yin Cheong Cheng (Hong Kong), Miriam David (England), Andy Hargreaves (Canada), Ann Lieberman (USA), Heather-jane Robertson (Canada), George Sefa Dei (Canada), Dorothy Smith (Canada), Tony Townsend (Australia), Gabby Weiner (Sweden), Lois Weis (USA), John Willinsky (Canada)


Paper presenters from: Canada, Cyprus, the Netherlands, China, USA, Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden, Australia, Taiwan, Northern Ireland, Hungary, Pakistan, South Africa, Latvia, Czech Republic, Brazil, Belarus, Krgyzstan, France, Austria, Lesotho, Belgium, India, Malawi, Germany, Chile, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, Argentina, Nicaragua, Iceland


Copenhagen, Denmark, 3-7 January 2002

The 15th ICSEI

Title: Democratic Learning

First conference with a guest speaker who was a school student: the Chair of Union of Secondary Students in Denmark and a symposium conducted by students involved in the Learning School Project


Conference chair:  Leif Moos, Danish University of Education


Attendees - 400 participants from 35 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Moldovia, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, USA, Vietnam



  • School effectiveness and democratic learning?
  • Values and education
  • Diversity and cultures
  • Children's participation
  • Democratic teaching
  • Democratic leadership
  • The physical environment for learning


Conference was opened by the Danish Minister of Education and the Swedish Minister of Education


Keynote presenters: John MacBeath (England), Per Schultz Jřrgensen (Denmark), Michael Schratz (Austria), Kathryn Riley (England), Karen Seashore Louis (USA), Jorunn Mřller (Norway), Cheng Kai Ming (Hong Kong), Mats Ekholm (Sweden)


Paper presenters from: Denmark, Sweden, Hong Kong, USA, Macedonia, Austria, Latvia, Canada, England, Australia, Nepal, Czech Republic, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Scotland, Belgium, Pakistan, Germany, Singapore, Ireland, Norway, Vietnam, South Africa, Taiwan, Belarus, Slovenia, Ibero America, Malaysia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Kosova, Bosnia, Palestine, Iran, Moldova, Finland, Brazil, Korea, Cameroon, World Bank


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 5-8 January 2003

The 16th ICSEI

Title: Schooling the Knowledge Society


Conference chair:  Peter Cuttance, University of New South Wales


Attendees: 328 participants from 38 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, Congo DR, Cyprus, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tyrol, USA, Vietnam, Wales.



  • Nature of learning
  • Challenging circumstances
  • Capacity building
  • Transformation and innovation

The sub-themes were explored in relation to four levels: student learning, learning environment, support systems, policy and regulation


Conference was opened by: Louise Stoll (ICSEI President)


Keynote presenters: David Hargreaves (England) Peter Cuttance (Australia), Eva Baker (USA), Peter Hill (USA), Michael Barber (England), Lynette Watts (Australia), Lysia Kee (Singapore), Brahm Fleisch (South Africa), Maris O'Rourke (World Bank and New Zealand), Ron Lake (Australia), Noema Williams (New Zealand), Sam Stringfield (USA), Peter Bucksin (Australia)


Paper presenters from: Australia, England, India, Indonesia, the Netherlands, USA, New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Taiwan, Hong Kong, France, Latvia, Iran, Thailand, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, Japan, Sweden, Belgium, Pakistan, Malaysia, Austria, New Guinea, Italy, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Scotland, Greece, Vietnam, Cyprus, Solomon Islands, Germany, Open Society Institute, World Bank, Slovenia, Brunei, Malawi, Korea


Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 6-9 January 2004

The 17th ICSEI

Title: Building Bridges for Sustainable School Improvement


Conference co-chairs: Marian Dekker (Department of Education, Rotterdam), Gerard van den Hoven (National Centre for School Improvement) Harry Broekema (Department of Education, Rotterdam)


Attendees - 380 participants from 37 countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Moldovia, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, USA, Vietnam



  • Teacher professionalism for school improvement
  • Partnership with the community for school improvement
  • External support for school improvement
  • Balance between innovation and accountability
  • Leadership for school improvement
  • Learning and teaching
  • Schools in challenging circumstances

Questions related to the themes:

§  What are the challenges to sustainable school improvement currently being faced in different contexts

§  How are these problems being addressed?

§  What are the emerging solutions?

§  In what ways are researchers, practitioners and policy makers working together to come up with innovative ways to promote sustainable school improvement?

Conference opened by Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science


Keynote presenters: Tony Townsend (USA), Fred Korthagen (the Netherlands), Andy Hargreaves (USA), Philip Hallinger (Thailand), Terry Wrigley (Scotland), Lorna Earl (Canada),


Paper presenters from: the Netherlands, England, USA, Iran, Hong Kong, Spain, Bangladesh, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Latvia, Germany, Denmark, Austria, France, Turkey, Pakistan, Brazil, Taiwan, Italy, Israel, Ireland, Cyprus, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Africa, China, Slovakia, Trinidad and Tobago, Scotland, Finland, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Thailand, Greece, Sweden


Barcelona, Spain, 2-5 January 2005

The 18h ICSEI

Sixth ICSEI President: Leif Moos (Denmark)

Title: Breaking Boundaries: Radical Innovation in Education


Conference co-chairs: Juana M Sancho (University of Barcelona) and Fernando Hernández (University of Barcelona)


Attendees: 650 from 48 countries: Spain, Mexico, Belgium, Canada, England, USA, South Africa, Taiwan, Brazil, Pakistan, Portugal, Sweden, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Scotland, Catalonia, Chile, Australia, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Hungary, Norway, Denmark, Greece, Austria, New Zealand, Wales, Belarus, Cyprus, Venezuela, Argentina, Japan Czech Republic, Iceland, Malta, Malaysia, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, World Bank, Georgia,

Ecuador, France, Germany, Israel, Kenya, Perú.



  • Learning from radical innovative experiences
  • From educational reform to educational transformation
  • The role of leadership in rethinking time, space and curriculum
  • New populations in educational institutions: inventing ways of teaching and learning
  • Inquiry-based teacher education: Taking into account teachers' lives
  • Inclusive education: rethinking democracy in educational scenarios
  • Beyond learning communities: promoting citizenship through the participation of the school community
  • Creating educational networks: new approaches to collaboration


Conference was opened by the General Secretary of the Spanish Ministry of Education and the General Director of Innovation of the Catalan Department of Education


Keynote presenters:Karen Seashore Louis (USA), Rosa Maria Torres (Ecuador), Steve Packer (UNESCO), David Istance (OECD), Mel Ainscow (England) Wambui Gathenya (Kenya), Nieves Blanco Garcia (Spain), Jan Robertson (New Zealand), Brian Diver (New Zealand), IES El Castell Team (Spain)


Paper presenters from: Spain, Mexico, Belgium, Canada, England, USA, South Africa, Taiwan, Brazil, Pakistan, Portugal, Sweden, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Scotland, Catalonia, Chile, Australia, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Hungary, Norway, Denmark, Greece, Austria, New Zealand, Wales, Belarus, Cyprus, Venezuela, Argentina, Japan Czech Republic, Iceland, Malta, Malaysia, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, World Bank, Georgia



Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, 3-6 January 2006

The 19th ICSEI

Title: Embracing Diversity: New Challenges for School Effectiveness and Improvement in a Global Learning Society


Conference chair: Tony Townsend, Florida Atlantic University


Attendees: 340 participants from 32 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Nigeria, New Zealand, Pakistan, Qatar, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Togo, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay



  • The role of community in a globalized world
  • Technology, globalization and diversity
  • Education reform, policy and practice
  • Leadership for school effectiveness
  • The politics of diversity
  • Effective practices in teaching and learning


Conference was opened by the Mayor of Fort Lauderdale and the Superintendent of Broward Schools


Keynote presenters: Jonathan Jansen (South Africa), Michael Apple (USA), Pam Sammons (England), Tony Mackay (Australia), John MacBeath (England), Greetje van der Werf (the Netherlands), Andy Hargreaves (USA), Dean Fink (Canada), plus plenary panels: Judy Codding (USA), Brian Caldwell (Australia), Gene Carter (USA), Gerard Tirozzi (USA), Frank Till (USA)


Paper presenters from: USA, Germany, England, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Japan, China, Australia, Canada, Scotland, Sweden, New Zealand, Denmark, Cameroon, Belgium, Pakistan, India, Spain, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, Taiwan, Latvia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Denmark, Greece, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Finland, Chile, Nigeria, Jordan, Colombia, Mexico, Nigeria


Portorož, Slovenija, 3-6 January 2007

The 20th ICSEI

Seventh ICSEI President: John MacBeath (England)

Title: Professional Challenges for School Effectiveness and Improvement in the Era of Accountability


Conference chair: Andrej Koren, National School for Leadership in Education


Attendees:  300 participants from 40 countries



  • Accountability and autonomy - is there a link?
  • Global and national responses in the context of accountability and diversity
  • Professional responses to demands for public accountability
  • Effective practices in educational leadership, learning, teaching


Conference opened by: Slovenian State's Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology


Keynote presenters: Bernard Hugonnier (OECD), Tonči Anti Kuzmanić (Slovenia), Judyth Sachs (Austria), Jorunn Mřller (Norway), Lejf Moos (Denmark), Jim O'Brien (Scotland), Jaap Scheerens (the Netherlands), and panel of David Reynolds (England), Janet Chrispeels (USA), Larry Sackney (Canada), moderated by Tony Mackay (Australia)


Paper presenters from: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Qatar, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, UK, USA


Auckland, New Zealand, 6-9 January 2007

The 21st ICSEI

Title: Effective Partnerships for Schooling Improvement and Effectiveness

First conference to showcase New Researchers' Presentations


Conference chair: Mary Sinclair, Cognition Education Research Trust


Attendees - 400 participants from 28 countries: New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Ghana, England, Scotland, Turkey, USA, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Slovenia, Canada, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Papua New Guinea, Belgium, Israel, Pakistan, Brunei, Indonesia, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, Wales



  • Synergy: coherence across educative partnerships
  • Social justice: partnerships for equity
  • Student partnerships: Students as partners in their own learning
  • Sustainability: Educative partnerships for sustainability


Conference opened by: Secretary for Education and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Education


Keynote presenters: Russell Bishop (New Zealand), Susan Rona (Canada and Hungary), Kari Smith (Norway), Ben Levin (Canada), Helen Timperley (New Zealand), Viviane Robinson and Margie Hohepa (New Zealand), Nicola Meek (New Zealand)


Paper presenters from: New Zealand, USA, Hong Kong, Australia, England, Scotland, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, Belgium, Indonesia, Sweden, Canada, China, Denmark, Malaysia, Slovenia, Pakistan, Israel, Germany, International Baccalaureate

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