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Education Reimagined: Leadership for a New Era
Event Date: 
Tue, 2021/03/02
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For many, 2020 will be remembered as the greatest education crisis in living memory as lockdowns put an abrupt halt to regular in-school learning and school and system leaders, as well as teachers, parents, and students, had to rapidly switch to remote teaching. As schools cautiously reopen, what changes, if any, will the COVID-19 crisis have wrought on learners, schools, and education systems as a whole?


Following on from the three-part series – Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined – held in the midst of the crisis, Salzburg Global and WISE will examine what leadership is needed to continue to navigate this difficult time and what positive changes can be embedded in schools and education systems beyond the pandemic-induced crisis.


Replay Part I    Replay Part II     Replay Part III


In the midst of this crisis, as schools and systems leaders were developing and implementing rapid-response schemes at a pace and scale never seen before to help children learn remotely, important and necessary conversations were had at a global level regarding the challenges and deficits within systems themselves: The pervasive and systemic inequities that permeate our schools and our systems; the need to humanize our education approaches and recognize that learning is a deeply connected, collaborative, life-long pursuit; and the need to prioritize key competencies such as social and emotional learning and wellbeing in the quest to create resilient and future-thriving learning environments. 


These conversations struck at the very core of education itself, inspiring deep and necessary reflection on the part of education stakeholders at all levels on the purpose and values that lie at the heart of schooling.


This online event will build on the success of the 2020 Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined series. We will bring together key stakeholders from education systems around the world to examine key educational challenges and priorities for the new year, with a focus on leadership – including the role of school and system leaders, as well as amplifying the voices of our youth and next generation education leaders – in supporting and influencing sustainable education reform and change making processes for holistic school improvement and equity. 




This public online program is in two parts, which mirror one another but aimed at speakers and audience from different time zones. 


Each part consists primarily of two panel discussions in which we will hear from experts from around the world and offer opportunity for all participants to pose questions and share links and related information via the chat function.


Key themes:

  1. Changemaker Leadership for a New Era: What do education leaders need to know in light of the uncertainty brought about by multiple, concurrent global pandemics, including public health crises, systemic social injustice, economic inequality and climate change, to be “future-literate” or lead the future of learning? What are the building blocks of “future-literate” leadership and how does that translate to different cultures and contexts
  2. Leading to Bridge the Equity Chasm: Schools and systems will ultimately be judged on how they reach the most vulnerable learners and COVID-19 was a stark reminder of how deep the global equity divide is. What is the role of school leaders in narrowing the education equity gap at local, national and international levels? Are there frameworks that already exist that can form the foundations of sustainable change as we enter forward in this new era?
  3. Amplifying Next Generation Voices in Leading Learning: A key agenda item for WISE’s educational leadership global community of practice – The Agile Leaders of Learning Innovation Network (ALL-IN) – is expanding and diversifying the conversation – including the literature – on school leadership to include more voices from underserved, developing and non-OECD countries and contexts to inform more contextually relevant leadership policies and frameworks. How can we amplify a greater diversity of voices and evidence in the leadership space? How can we ensure greater diversity and equity in the field as a whole?