ICSEI 2017 Conference Themes

ICSEI 2017 will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The theme for ICSEI 2017 is ?Collaborative Partnerships for System-Wide Educational Improvement.?

This theme gives prominence to the importance of partnerships between and among the various participants in international education systems -- students, parents, communities, schools, districts, government and academics -- to inform and impact student learning, practitioner professional learning, and system leadership.

Collaboration at all levels of the education system has been a hallmark of Ontario?s success of the past decade. Ontario is internationally recognized as an equitable, high-achieving and continuously improving jurisdiction focused on large-scale system-wide change in a pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 publicly funded school system.

Keynote speakers will offer international and local perspectives on systems effectiveness, including successes and challenges along the pathways to improvement.

ICSEI 2017 Conference Strands

Engaging Students, Families and Communities 

This strand focuses on the shared interests of schools, families and communities in advancing student learning, development and well -being.  There is a particular emphasis in this strand on collaborative strategies to engage students, to invite and respect student voice, and to involve families and communities as integral partners in enhancing school and systems effectiveness.

Increasing Equity and Challenging Disadvantage

ICSEI has a long standing interest in identifying and addressing inequities and disadvantage in and through schooling. This strand welcomes papers concerned with global and current perspectives on persisting and emerging inequities in education and the reciprocal learning and action required to address these inequities. In particular, we welcome papers focused on valuing learning that can be drawn from indigenous perspectives as a way to enhance understanding and shared perspectives.

Connecting Research, Policy and Practice

This strand speaks to increasing opportunities in education for practitioners, researchers, political leaders and policy makers to engage with one another to understand and respect one another?s contexts and to make more effective use of assets and experiences through reciprocal relationships. We will also seek to establish greater clarity on the nature of knowledge mobilization, how it can be useful to support and scale up effective practices in context-sensitive ways, and its level of uptake and usefulness for evidence-informed decision-making in education.

System and School Improvement

This strand welcomes papers focused on contemporary evidence concerning school and system improvements from a range of localities, sectors and international contexts. This strand encourages research attending to specific cultural, political, social and economic educational contexts, processes and outcomes for local communities, schools and classrooms.

Developing Professional Capital

The development of professional capital ? the human, social and decisional capital ? of educators is central to debates concerning new forms of professionalism and the development of formal and informal leadership throughout education systems. Increasingly teacher leadership is an important area of development, alongside school and system leadership. In order to support students to succeed, appropriate professional learning is required to assist school improvement and effectiveness. This strand welcomes papers concerned with all aspects of educational leadership and professional learning.

Measuring Educational Effectiveness

Global discussions on defining and measuring educational effectiveness have been long standing; recent methodological, theoretical and empirical advances have further contributed to these debates. This strand seeks papers that explore the ?what? and ?how? of measuring educational effectiveness, including broader measures of learning, equity, and well-being and achievement. The strand welcomes original studies presenting new methods and evidence concerning school and system effectiveness.