Crisis Response in Education Network

Purpose

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: 

  1. 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)
  2. 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:

  • Systems’ Response Mapping: direct or quick response (short-term) to the immediate effects of COVID-19: e.g. school closures, online platforms
  • ‘Deep Dives’ into interesting cases of schools, districts or systems developing innovative approaches to the pandemic
  • Strategic’ Responses (long-term) to the pandemic: e.g. curriculum and assessment reform, enhancing distance learning
  • Practitioner and Policy Voices from the Field to capture emerging responses to the pandemic

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.

Contact:

Network Coordinator: Chris Chapman (Glasgow)

Co-coordinators: Melanie Ehren (Free Uni of Amsterdam) Alvaro Gonzalez (O’Higgins, Chile) Mauricio Pino Yancovic (Santiago, Chile) Romina Madrid (PUCV)

Knowledge Exchange Officer: Dr Sarah Weakley (Glasgow ECR)