Annual Conference - 1988-1990


3rd International Congress for School Effectiveness (ICSE) Conference
3-5 January 1990

Jerusalem, Israel

During this congress, the name change was decided, to include improvement

Conference chair: Joseph Bashi, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Attendance: Over 300 participants

Conference opened by the Deputy Prime Minister

Theme: Research, practice, policy making

Keynote topics:

  • Effective school movement: high expectations, poor results?
  • Effective schools and educational choice
  • Teacher effectiveness and school effectiveness - the need for a relationship
  • Teachers networking for success
  • Long-range maintenance of the effects of school improvement projects
  • Lessons learned closing the gap between effective schools knowledge and the education of teachers
  • Implementing and assessing a large scale school improvement project
  • The effect of school effects on human capital development
  • School effectiveness research in the 1990s
  • Dissemination of educational development projects
  • Measuring educational effectiveness

Keynote presenters: James Coleman (USA), Dale Mann (USA), Rien van Gendt (the Netherlands), Richard L. King (USA), Michael Fullan (Canada), Joseph Bashi (Israel), Charlotte Frank (USA), Bert Creemers (the Netherlands). Gary Griffin (USA), Herbert Walberg (USA), Thomas Guskey (USA), David Reynolds (Wales)

Book/conference proceedings published: Bashi, J. and Zass, Z (1992) School Effectiveness & Improvement: Proceedings of the Third International Congress for School Effectiveness, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem 1990. Jerusalem: The Magnes Press, Hebrew University.


2nd International Congress for School Effectiveness (ICSE)
4-6 January 1989

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Conference chair: Ton Peters, Project OSM Rotterdam.

Attendance: 300 people attended from 15 countries, plus 160 teaching staff from Rotterdam registered to attend international symposium on school effectiveness


  • Research on effective schools and effective instruction
  • Development of effective schools
  • Experiences in school improvement (implementation strategies)
  • Applications of results in policy making with regard to effective schools/school improvement
  • Evaluation of projects in effective school development

Conference opened by the State Secretary for Education and Science

Keynote presenters: Larry Lezotte (USA), Ogle Duff (the Netherlands, Rima Miller (USA), Desmond Nuttall (England), Barry Fraser (Australia), Thomas Good (USA)

Book/conference proceedings published: Creemers, B., Peters, T. and Reynolds, D. (1989) School Effectiveness and School Improvement: Proceedings of the Second International Congress Rotterdam 1989. Amsterdam/Lisse, the Netherlands: Swets & Zeitlinger.


International Congress for Effective Schools (ICSE)
6-8 Jan 1998

London, United Kingdom

The Inaugural Meeting

Conference co-chairs: David Reynolds, University College Cardiff and Dale Mann, Teachers College, Columbia University

Approximately 100 people attended, including researchers, school district personnel/local policymakers and practitioners

Countries represented: Australia, Canada, England, Wales, Germany, Hungary, Northern Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, South Africa, United States


  • Where are we now?
  • The identification of effective schools
  • What makes a school effective?
  • School improvement and change

Keynote presenters: David Reynolds (Wales), Dale Mann (USA), Per Dalin (Norway)



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