From the Conference Co-Chairs

Welcome to the 28th annual meeting of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI)! Throughout ICSEI?s history, hundreds of us have worked to bring ?world class? educational opportunities to participants in our annual meetings. Our goal is to improve the educational opportunities for all students in all countries.

As co-chairs of ICSEI 2015, we have planned and worked for nearly 3 years to bring you one of the most intellectually challenging, personally enjoyable ICSEIs ever. Our keynote presenters and discussants will offer leading edge insights into the worlds of international comparisons, teacher-, school-, and system-effects, and school improvement strategies. ICSEI traditionally blends excellent research with proven ?best practice,? intellectual challenge with stimulating informal conversations with colleagues from around the world. We are doing everything in our power to continue that tradition.

Cincinnati provides a centralized location, excellent airport and great shopping. Attendees staying at the lovingly-renovated Hilton Netherland Plaza hotel can, without leaving covered walkways, shop at Tiffany?s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Macys. A diverse range of restaurants is available. The Palm Court in the hotel is one of the highest rated restaurants in the country. Local breweries, Italian, Mexican, Japanese, French and nouvelle cuisine options are all within walking distance. We have an evening planned at Cincinnati?s Freedom Center/Underground Railroad Museum. The city offers over a half-dozen other museums and hundreds of restaurants.

Please submit your own research or exemplary school and/or simply join us for what promises to be a unique, energy- and action-packed three days from January 3-6: ICSEI 2015!

Sam Stringfield, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
Tom Shelton, Ph.D.
Fayette County (KY) Public Schools
From the President

As President, it is with enormous pride and pleasure that I invite you to be part of ICSEI 2015 in Cincinnati, USA. This promises to be an exceptional conference and also a very important one.

With so much debate about PISA and the various ways of transforming education systems, the title of the conference is particularly pertinent. If we are to ?Think Globally, Act Locally, and Educate All Children to Their Full Potential? what exactly will that take? If we are to secure equity and excellence in our education systems what are the right and the wrong drivers for lasting positive educational change? To help us think through these issues at the ICSEI conference 2015 there is a truly impressive line up of speakers.

Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will present detailed results of the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). Vivian Tseng and Kim DuMont of the W.T. Grant Foundation will examine efforts to scale up reforms, taking them from the idea stage to dozens and thousands of campuses.

Robert Marzano of Marzano Research will present results from his meta-analyses of school- and system-level educational effects and discuss High Reliability Organization structures in educational results. Tom Good, University of Arizona, and Daniel Muijs, University of Southampton, will highlight the latest trends in teacher effects and what practitioners need to know. Dan Duke from the University of Virginia will discuss his persuasive work on turning around low-performing schools and how to prepare principals for this difficult work.

It remains the case that the Global Education Reform Movement shows little signs of slowing down. So it is particularly important for educators around the world to look at the evidence and consider the facts. With more than thirty years of research on the theme of school effectiveness and improvement, ICSEI has a critical role to play in this current debate. This conference will be an opportunity for Practitioners, Policy Makers and Researchers from around the world to discuss and deliberate important global and local issues, as well as sharing the latest evidence from their own contexts.

For almost three decades, ICSEI has remained an organization that is committed to equity and excellence. Over these years its moral purpose has never wavered and its core intentions have not been derailed. ICSEI remains committed to social justice and educational success for every child, whatever their background, race or context. In such turbulent times, it is more important than ever that we, as educators, learn from each other and share with each other. There is no ceiling on educational success and no limits on learning but we must invest in those changes that are evidentially based rather than commercially driven.

I want to thank Professor Sam Stringfield and Tom Shelton for making ICSEI, 2015 happen. Without their drive and enthusiasm and the work of their exceptional team, it would not have been possible.

Let?s ensure ICSEI 2015 is a landmark conference for the return of principled and evidence-based educational reform. I look forward to seeing you there.

Professor Alma Harris
ICSEI President
University of Malaya