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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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J-C Couture

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... Read More →
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Jón Torfi Jónasson

Professor emeritus, University of Iceland
Jón Torfi became professor of education at the University of Iceland in 1993 and was Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, 1995-2001. In 2008 he became the Dean of the School of Education when it was merged with the University of Iceland. In recent years he has studied the problem... Read More →
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Jean Stiles

Principal, EPSB

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