Meeting the challenges of the 21st Century means that schools must be empowered to play a more central and active role in leading improvements in education.
To support this, Schools+ will bring together major education networks to put schools at the centre of education design. Schools+ participants will unite around three core objectives:
What will Schools+ achieve?
As a ‘network of networks’, Schools+ will bring together education experts, school leaders and teachers from across the globe to respond to common challenges and inspire advances in classrooms, schools and policies.
During 2023 and 2024, Schools+ participating networks will join forces to examine new approaches to classroom practice and will:
Who are the participants?
Participants in Schools+ consist of large education networks and organisations, including governments, teachers, teacher and school leader representative organisations, existing school networks, evidence brokerage organisations, and organisations supporting education development such as philanthropic foundations and international organisations. Participants include countries and organisations in both developed and developing economies, and are united by common interests, including:
In addition to national governments and local education authorities, organisations include:
Australia Education Research Organisation (AERO), Council of British International Schools (COBIS), Digital Promise Global, Education Endowment Foundation, Education International, European School Heads Association (ESHA), European Schoolnet, Eutopía, Global School Leaders, HundrED, International Baccalaureate, International Confederation of Principals (ICP), Jacobs Foundation, Keller Education, LEGO Foundation, Magis Qualis, Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education (NOIIE) , Nord Anglia Education, Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU), Results 4 Development (SALEX), Schools 2030, SUMMA, T4, Teach for All, UNESCO, Transcend Education, and the Varkey Foundation and VVOB - education for development.
The work of Schools+ is being guided by an informal Advisory Group consisting of founding participants, notably the representatives of Education International, the International Confederation of Principals, the European School Heads Association, SUMMA, UNESCO, the Governments of France and Portugal and the Jacobs and LEGO Foundations.
Schools Learning Circle
The cornerstone of the work of Schools+ will be the Schools Learning Circle, where over 130 schools from 40 countries will come together to build a Toolbox of Effective Classroom Practices. The first meeting of the Learning Circle took place on 18 October 2023, with over 170 school representatives coming together to launch their joint activities. Together they will be working with evidence around the 5 dimensions in the pedagogical taxonomy to understand what research says about effective teaching and learning, and how it can be applied in classrooms across the globe.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is now at the fingertips of every teacher and student. Stay tuned for the official background paper, following public consultation, which outlines what GenAI is capable of doing and how it has evolved, provides a very initial assessment of the potential implications in and outside classrooms, and presents some pointers for teachers, school leaders and policy-makers from around the world to consider in unlocking the potential of GenAI while safeguarding against its potential pitfalls. This was presented and discussed in the launch event of Schools+ Network and opened for comments on the analysis, resources and examples on the potential impact that generative AI might have in the classroom.
Did you miss the World Teachers Day webinar on the implications of Generative AI on the teaching profession?
On 22-23 May, we officially launched the OECD Schools+ Network with the hybrid event Schools as drivers of innovation, with representatives from some 40 countries and 25 organisations. During the interactive panel discussions, over 160 schools experts, leading thinkers and innovators came together to explore:
Would you like to learn more about the launch of the Schools+ Network?
For inquiries, interviews, and to learn more, contact:
Anna PONS, Analyst and Project Manager
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