This new ICSEI network will focus on how educational systems respond to significant crises and how the crises impact on education systems, learning, health and wellbeing of practitioners, children, young people and their families. Crises may include natural disasters, warzones, disease pandemic etc. Initial network activity will focus on the response to and impact of COVID-19. This will be reviewed after a period of 12 months.
The role and purpose of the Crisis Response in Education Network is to stimulate research and curate knowledge, expertise and emerging practice around educational system responses to crises with the aim of mitigating educational inequity and promoting educational equity within these situations. Given the current context, this network focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic with the expectation to support coordinate global responses that promote the effectiveness and improvement of learning, health and wellbeing of practitioners, children, young people and their families.
Initial Areas of Focus
As a network of researchers, policy makers and practitioners, ICSEI is uniquely positioned to support a new network to coordinate a global response to the pandemic. In this time of uncertainty, the Crisis Response in Education Network aims to:
- Generate research, broker and facilitate knowledge exchange of research findings, intelligence and emerging practices to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic This will focus on the impact of the crisis on teaching and learning (e.g. distance and digital) and health (e.g. fitness, obesity, mental health) and wellbeing (.e.g. self-perception, social and emotional development)
- Generate, broker and support international and comparative research into the global policy response to crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on education systems, services, children and families
Collaborations and Activities
This network will draw on ICSEI’s global network to stimulate research and curate knowledge, expertise and emerging practice by linking the ICSEI network to a range of other groups and networks across the globe. The network will develop four strands of activity:
- Online research labs to study short and long term responses
- Practitioner and Policy Voices from the Field to capture emerging responses to the pandemic
- Webinars to detail emerging issues in the network
ICSEI Congress and Learning Events
The network will consider innovative ways to contribute to future ICSEI congresses and/or regional events. It will also promote the learning of our members by seeking to link ICSEI network activity to innovative possibilities, such as grant applications, courses, webinars and virtual learning events.
Network Co-Coordinators: Chris Chapman (Glasgow); Melanie Ehren (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam); Alvaro Gonzalez (O’Higgins, Chile); Romina Madrid (PUCV); Mauricio Pino Yancovic (CIAE, Santiago, Universidad de Chile)
Knowledge Exchange Officer: Sarah Weakley (Glasgow)