Improvement Science in Action

By its very nature, improvement science solves problems using a learn-by- doing approach. This masterclass provides an introduction to the work of improvement science and some of the most frequently used tools. Participants will learn about and apply improvement science tools using hands-on activities. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on how these tools and methods apply to their own work.

Dr. Alicia Grunow
Senior Partner, Improvement Science and Analytics,
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, United States


Influential Educators: Leading Educational Improvement

What priorities are you committed to achieving? How can you be persuasive in engaging people and precise in the outcomes you seek to achieve? How will you collaborate with other professionals to co-learn, share your knowledge, and de-privatize improvement practices? What supports will you need and how will you persevere in the face of challenges? This masterclass will provide research, examples and opportunities to plan strategies for addressing these questions and to further your work as an Influential Educator.

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

Creating space for innovation: Leading from the emerging future

Globally and locally, schools are nowadays confronted with highly complex challenges, conflicting interests, cultures, and world-views among diverse stakeholders. They require innovative ways of teaching, leading and learning. Since the future can no longer be predicted from the past, we have to create a learning context which aims at influencing the pattern of how professionals develop their innate capacity to sense and shape their future when they go about change.

Professor Michael Schratz
University of Innsbruck, Austria

Data use for improving teaching and learning in schools: The data team professional development intervention

Every day, school leaders and teachers are faced with decisions concerning the quality of education. However, several of these decisions are taken too fast, based on anecdotal information and assumptions. When confronted with a problem, we often take action instead of investigating the causes of our problem based on data.

Dr Kim Schildkamp
University of Twente, Netherlands

Transforming for Sustainability: A SAMR Master Class

Many exemplary projects exist that showcase transformative uses of education technology. Unfortunately, too-gradual approaches to technology implementation have also frequently thwarted successful outcomes. In this master class, we will see how a new approach to SAMR and the EdTech Quintet defines sustainable processes that foster innovation. This new approach includes the conceptualization and design of learning spaces as technologies within the SAMR framework, leading in turn to deeper and more powerful outcomes.

Dr Ruben R. Puentedura
Founder and President of Hippasus
Western Massachusetts, United States


Cultural Practices of Japanese Schools

School education is cultural practice embedded in cultural learning environment and tools. This master class provides an insight into how Japanese teachers use cultural tools and routines in lessons and school life for students' well-being through photos and videos. Japanese classrooms in reformed 'learning community' schools are often characterized by collaborative learning and caring and listening relationships. How Japanese teachers use tools such as the blackboard, worksheets, textbooks and learning environment to bring about such characteristic practices will be discussed. There will also be discussion about the kinds of cultural tools Japanese teachers use to reflect on their practice. This masterclass will provide participants with an opportunity to consider how such cultural practices when borrowed could be adapted to their own contexts and needs.

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

Associate Professor Christine Lee
Associate Professor, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group
Immediate Past President, World Association of Lesson Studies under the Academic Group
National Institute of Education, Singapore