Programme Highlights (Days 1-4): Keynote Titles and Abstracts

Keynote Speaker

Title and Abstract

Day 1
Head Foundation Keynote Speaker

Dr Alicia Grunow
Co-Founder of Improvement Collective and Senior Fellow at Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Heart and Rigor: Learning to Improve in America's Schools

A sincere desire to improve lies at the heart of the education profession; we are drawn to the profession because we envision a brighter potential than what is offered to many students. In other sectors, organizations have pursued their improvement aspirations by investing in "Improvement science" that allows them to continuously learn their way into higher levels of performance. These improvement science methodologies have only recently begun to make their way into education organizations. In this presentation, Alicia Grunow will introduce the science of improvement, describe how it applies to education and share early lessons from efforts to apply these methodologies to realize the aspirations we have for your students.

Day 2
Keynote Speaker

Dr Carol Campbell
Associate Professor, Leadership, Higher and Adult Education
University of Toronto, Oise

Influential Educators: Leading Educational Improvement

This keynote argues that all educators are - or can be - influential and proposes the importance of intentionally expanding and deepening your influence for educational improvement. Drawing on recent research and professional experiences, the keynote will examine: how to be persuasive and precise in identifying priorities and engaging people in improvement; the need to develop collaborative professionalism through co-learning, mobilizing knowledge, and de-privatization of practices; and the vital importance of supporting your own - and your colleagues' and students' - learning, wellbeing, and equity.

Day 3
Keynote Speaker

Ms Lucy Crehan
International Education Consultant
Education Development Trust

Seeing is Believing: The Role of Beliefs in the Scaling of Effective Teaching Strategies, and How to Change Them

It is a much-repeated finding that the biggest in-school factor which affects children's educational outcomes is the quality of the teaching they receive. Some schools manage to achieve significantly better outcomes than their neighbours, despite having children from the same backgrounds and teachers with the same training. Lucy will draw on examples from India, China, Finland and the UK to highlight the importance of teachers' beliefs in scaling effective teaching approaches, and the ways in which such beliefs can be changed.  

Day 4
Keynote Speaker

Dr Kiyomi Akita
Professor
(Research on Classroom Lessons), Graduate School of Education
The University of Tokyo, Japan

Improving Quality in Education through Lesson Studies

Lesson studies have been gaining popularity throughout the world as tools for improving the quality of education in the past decade. Teachers are experiencing three improvements through lesson studies: firstly, deeper collaborative learning among students; secondly, a transformation of teachers' professional learning with colleagues within their schools; and thirdly, a build-up of networks for educational innovation that extend beyond the classroom, school, and even the local government and cultural influences. In this presentation, Professor Kiyomi Akita will focus on lesson studies as systems of collaborative knowledge-building that have been shown to work well.