Summit Programme

 

Please find here the preliminary program of the Summit events on 14-15 March 2019. Please note that the program is still subject to changes as we finalize the agenda.

 

 Summit Programme (pdf)

Summit Programme: Day 1

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Time: 08:20

Departure from Crowne Plaza Hotel to the Summit Venue, Dipoli

Bus transport organized by the host

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Time: 9:00 -

Registration (Open all day), floor 1

Coffee and tea

Dipoli

Time: 09:30 – 11:30

Opening session

Open to the Press, observer room Auditorium Lumituuli, floor 1

Music performance  

Welcoming remarks

Ms Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Minister of Education and Culture, Finland
Mr Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, OECD
Mr David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International

Reflections on ISTP 2018 commitments

Mr Anthony Mackay (Moderator)

Introduction to the ISTP - Background report

Mr Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, OECD
Mr John Bangs, senior Consultant, Education International

Room Kaleva, floor 2

Time: 11:30

Official Photograph of the Ministers

Floor 2, Capitolium

Time: 11:40

Press Conference by the organizers

Ms Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Minister of Education and Culture, Finland
Mr. Olli Luukkainen, President of Trade Union of Education in Finland
Mr Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, OECD
Mr David Edwards, General Secretary, Education International

Room “Takka”, floor 1

Time: 11:30 - 13:00

Lunch

Buffet lunch will be offered for Ministers at Metso.

Buffet lunch for all other participants will be offered at Sief/ Capitolium.

Floor 2

Time: 13:00 - 14:45

Summit Session 1: Leading together

Official delegates only.

  • Introduction by moderator, Mr Anthony Mackay
  • Country cases: 1-3 countries (max 5 min/each)
  • Discussion

Effective education systems require effective leadership at every level, from policy to practice. This session will explore the multidimensional leadership challenges of education systems, as well as policies and practices that strengthen the strategic leadership and management of educational institutions, while at the same time fostering collaborative work organisations. The roles of different actors need to be taken into account, in order to achieve collaborative multi-level leadership, which reconciles political steering, pedagogical leadership of heads of schools, and the autonomy of teachers.

  • What are the main challenges faced by policymakers, school leaders and the teaching profession and its unions in design, implementation as well as evaluation of policy and effective reforms, including on creation and mainstreaming of new pedagogical innovations?
  • How can all relevant stakeholders become engaged, thus how to achieve joint ownership of policy and effective roles in collaborative multi-level leadership from the national level to individual districts, schools and teacher communities?
  • How can the professional development of school leaders best be supported when developing schools as learning communities? How can teacher leadership be enhanced and supported?

Room Kaleva, floor 2

Time: 14:45 - 15:00

Coffee break

Floor 2, Capitolium

Time: 15:00 - 17:00

Summit Session 2: Building strong foundations through innovative pedagogies and practices

Official delegates only

  • Introduction by moderator, Mr Anthony Mackay
  • Country cases: 1-3 countries (max 5 min/each)
  • Discussion

While most countries have clearly articulated curricula and well-established pedagogical approaches when it comes to basic/primary and upper secondary education, there is much less agreement among and within countries on how to best build strong foundations in early childhood education and care (ECEC) in order to shift emphasis from access to quality and from care to quality education. There is also much debate over age-appropriate pedagogies and the right balance in the development of cognitive, social and emotional competencies. Often the provision of ECEC is also highly fragmented within education. All of this has major implications for the initial and continued professional development of staff as well as for the work organisation and governance of ECEC. This is the first time that the ISTP addresses these themes and the discussion will give focus on pre-primary education this time. In terms of innovative pedagogies and practices, it is important to consider, what is meant by innovations as well as what kind of solutions work, in and on what conditions.

  • Also considering innovative approaches, what kind of pedagogies and practices work in pre-primary education, contributing best to learning, development and well-being of children? How can they be scaled? How do we know and find out whether innovative practices are effective and transformative?
  • What are the implications for the initial training and professional development of pre-primary teachers and staff to provide quality education and care?
  • How can systems support the participation of most disadvantaged children in ECEC and ensure equal opportunities for all?

Room Kaleva, floor 2

Time: 17:00

Departure to Crowne Plaza Hotel

Bus transport organized by the host

Summit Venue

Time: 18:45

Departure for the Summit Dinner

Bus transport organized by the host

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Time: 19:15

Summit Dinner for all registered ISTP participants

Ministers and special guests will be invited to sit at assigned tables. Other participants are free to choose their own table.

Restaurant Sipuli, Kanavaranta 7

Time: 22:00

Departure to Crowne Plaza Hotel

Bus transport organized by the host

Restaurant Sipuli, Kanavaranta 7

Summit Programme: Day 2

Friday, 15 March 2019

Time: 8:30 - 9:00

Departure for the Summit Venue, Dipoli

Bus transport organized by the host

Possible late registrations, floor 1 (Open all day)

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Time: 09:00 - 11:00

Summit Session 3: Towards Sustainable Schools

Official delegates only

Note: this session aims to serve as the basis for countries’ own ISTP2019 commitment preparations

  • Introduction by moderator, Mr Anthony Mackay
  • Country cases: 1-3 countries (max 5 min/each)
  • Discussion

This session will consider the implications of the multifaceted and complex challenges involved in integrating school policy, other relevant policies, including on diversity and inclusion and communities and to get everybody on board to address the needs of students, teachers and schools effectively. Effective system-wide solutions are necessary to close the gap between what happens inside and outside of school, in order to tackle “the wicked problems of our times”. Measures are also required to ensure a strong supply of qualified teachers and continued professional development. The session provides an opportunity for countries to raise the most pressing aspects of sustainability challenges that are relevant to their respective systems.    

  • How do the pressing challenges of our times affect the teaching profession, teacher education and the needs of pupils and students?
  • What implications and challenges does digitalization have on the teaching profession and teacher education? How can teachers make the best use of new technologies in a pedagogically meaningful way to make learning relevant and engaging?
  • How can public policy keep teaching financially and intellectually attractive to sustain the supply of quality teaching professionals?
  • What strategies and measures are needed to cultivate a focus on sustainability in schools, and how can system-level policy encourage and support this paradigm shift? Do innovative pedagogies hold the potential to help find new ways to promote sustainable ways of living?

Room Kaleva, floor 2

Time: 11:00 - 12:00

Country delegation meetings

Coffee and tea served at Capitolium, floor 2

Rooms will be assigned on spot

Each country’s official delegates will meet to discuss how the Summit proceedings will impact their work at home. Each country delegation will prepare three points to share at the closing session, including the most valuable insight from the Summit and their top priorities for the coming year. Here, especially the debates at session 3 should be in focus.

Country delegations are kindly invited to bring to their meeting an electronic device with USB port and an installed presentation programme (such as Power point). Counties are invited to send their commitments (3 bullets) per e-mail before breaking up for lunch at istp2019@minedu.fi.

Capitolium, floor 2

Time: 12:00 - 13:30

Lunch

Floor 2

Time: 13:30 - 15:00

Insight from the Summit and Top Priorities for 2019

Country presentations (90 seconds each)

Mr. Anthony Mackay, moderator of the session will begin with an overview of the Summit discussions. Mr. Mackay will invite each country to share the three points prepared during the individual country group meetings: the most valuable insight from the Summit and their top priorities for the coming year. He will then provide a summary of the lessons learned during the Summit and the challenges that lie ahead.

Room Kaleva, floor 2

Time: 15:00 - 15:30

Closing Remarks

Open to the Press, observer room Auditorium Lumituuli, floor 1

Ms Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Minister of Education and Culture, Finland
Mr Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills, OECD
Ms Susan Hopgood, President, Education International

Room Kaleva, floor 2

Time: 15:30 - 17:00

Farewell Reception

Floor 2, Capitolium/ Sief

Time:

Departure to Crowne Plaza Hotel

Bus transport organized by the host

Dipoli

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