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Wednesday, April 12 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Student as co-leaders in the precarious future of the global education race

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This session will provide an overview of an international initiative to bring together young people as full participants in school development. Going beyond the growing cottage industry of student engagement surveys and measuring ‘student voice’ or tokenistic influence on their school, as yet another product of contemporary schooling, our focus is on involving students in the challenging work of strategic foresight regarding the global influences shaping their current and future lives and how this might or should shape their lived educational experience. Our particular interest is in engaging students in ways that avoid co-opting them as cheerleaders for marginal educational reform efforts that Pasi Sahlberg would characterize as “policies that help us do the wrong things better.” Thus the questions can be posed as: how, and in particular, why, should we involve the students themselves in forming or influencing the content and form of their educational experience? But we also need to ask how realistic are such efforts within an educational edifice controlled by higher level institutions, traditional and standardized curricula and testing regimes?
The presentation will invite participants to consider the possibilities for their involvement as school leaders in an international summit scheduled for early October in Reykjavik, Iceland. The summit will explore these questions: What is a public school education for?; How do we think about the future beyond a nostalgia for a better version of yesterday?; and, How should education respond to help create the future we want?

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JC Couture

Associate Coordinator, Government- Research, Alberta Teachers' Association
Dr. J-C Couture's is the Associate Coordinator, Research for the Alberta Teachers' Association. J-C's work for the ATA involves strategic planning, initiating and supervising research projects; and liaising with local, national and international research communities on education issues. Prior to working at the ATA, Dr Couture was a high school teacher in Hinton and an instructor at the University of Alberta.
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Jón Torfi Jónasson

Professor, University of Iceland
Jón Torfi Jónasson, PhD. is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the School of Education of the  University of Iceland. He is the former Dean of the School Education and a prolific writer on all aspects of teacher professional development and growth.
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Jean Stiles

Jean Stiles is the current principal at Jasper Place High School in Edmonton, Canada and a consultant with Targeted Leadership. | Ms. Stiles has been an educator for 30 years and has taught and been a principal at the Elementary, Junior, and Senior High School levels. Jean was named one of "Canada's Most Outstanding Principals" in 2007 and was the recipient of the Learning Partnership's National Award. She was inducted into Canada's National... Read More →

Wednesday April 12, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Alhambra Room