Invitation

It has been an exceptional year in education. The lessons we learned this spring were enormous. Everyone was pushed to implement new methods, to use new technology, and to manage their work differently. In many ways, innovation in education was propelled fast forward many years. Can we learn from this to improve the learning experience for good and also to be better prepared for occasions like this?

You are welcome to take part in Edubest 2020 virtual conference on the 8th and 9th of October to take away the following practices:

Expert analysis of the success and learnings in education hotspots around the globe

Examples of innovative use of technology in schools

School leadership case studies in managing and motivating teams

Methodology suggestions to personalize curriculum and minimize in-equality

Speakers

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Andria Zafirakou

Andria Zafirakou

MBE Art and Textiles Teacher at Alperton Community school in London and Winner of Global Teacher Prize 2018
Andria Zafirakou

Andria Zafirakou

MBE Art and Textiles Teacher at Alperton Community school in London and Winner of Global Teacher Prize 2018

Andria is an art and textiles teacher in Brent on the outskirts of London, one of the world’s most ethnically diverse places. She is passionate about education and changing the lives of young people and underserved communities through creativity.
She has worked her entire teaching career of 14 years at Alperton Community School and was promoted to Deputy Head of Art within a year of her arrival. She is now Associate Deputy Headteacher leading on staff professional development.
On 2018 she was crowned the best teacher in the world. Using the prize money ($1 million) awarded by the Global Teacher prize, Andria founded a charity called Artists in Residence (AiR) with an aim to improve arts education in schools.
Andria has also been named in the top ten of The Evening Standard's 1000 Londoners List, a list of the most influential people in London. She is a Culture Leader for the World Economic Forum's as well as a member of their Global Future Leaders Council. Andria sits on the Advisory board for the Cultural Leaders Alliance.

Ulla Ilisson

Ulla Ilisson

Director of the Education and Youth Authority
Ulla Ilisson

Ulla Ilisson

Director of the Education and Youth Authority

Ulla Ilisson is the head of the Education and Youth Authority. She has been a leader in the development of several large as well as international organizations, including Swedbank, Kalev and several insurance companies.
Ulla also has experience in starting and boosting an Estonian start-up company. Among other roles, she has previously contributed to developments in the field of education, being the chairman of the board in the initiative of “Tagasi Kooli” (“Back to School”) and being a board member in “Noored Kooli” (“Youth to School”). Ulla considers it to be important, above all, to promote the services that are necessary and suitable for the customer, while being ambitious and balanced. As the head of the Education and Youth Authority, she has been able to achieve trusting and good relations with partners in a short time. Such trust strengthens and inspires her in the role of the head of the Education and Youth Authority. Ulla considers it to be crucial to develop the education and youth field to be more customer-oriented and to create an environment conducive for innovation.
Ulla has a Master's degree from Tallinn University of Technology and she considers lifelong learning to be very relevant. She is currently complementing her studies in the university of IESE (at the Management Program).

Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg

Professor of Education Policy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia
Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg

Professor of Education Policy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and scholar who has worked as a schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and advised education reforms around the world. He has written and spoken widely about teaching and learning in school, teachers’ work and education, educational change, international education issues, and the future of learning. His book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for an idea that has the potential to change the world. He is a former senior education specialist at the World Bank (in Washington, DC), a lead education expert at the European Training Foundation (in Torino, Italy), a director-general of CIMO at Finland’s Ministry of Education (in Helsinki, Finland), and a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University. He is professor of education policy at the UNSW and lives in Sydney with his family.

Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao

Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas, Professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia
Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao

Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas, Professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia

Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia. He has previously led Education departments at the University of Oregon and Michigan State University. Yong Zhao has received many awards for his work and has been recognized as one of the most influential education scholars. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education and he has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including An Education Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste: How Radical Changes Can Spark Student Excitement and Success (2019). Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province and lives in the United States.

Pak Tee NG

Pak Tee NG

Associate Professor at National Institute of Education, Singapore
Pak Tee NG

Pak Tee NG

Associate Professor at National Institute of Education, Singapore

Pak Tee NG is a Singaporean educator whose main work is in educational change, policy and leadership, and who is deeply involved in the development of school and teacher leaders for his country. He has spoken at many global events, for example, Google Global Education Symposium, International Baccalaureate Global Conference, and Scottish Learning Festival. He is currently a member of Scotland’s International Council of Education Advisers and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He is the co-editor of the Routledge Leading Change book series and the author of the book “Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes”. Although he is thankful for receiving a few awards during his career, his greater reward is a fraternity of students who are educational leaders themselves and who pay it forward through their educational leadership, contribution and commitment to education.

Margus Pedaste

Margus Pedaste

Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Tartu
Margus Pedaste

Margus Pedaste

Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Tartu

Margus Pedaste is a Professor of Educational Technology at the Institute of Education of the University of Tartu in Estonia where he is leading the Centre for Educational Technology. He is also the head of Pedagogicum, which is a consortium of all university's faculties for coordinating teacher education. Recently he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University H-STAR institute where he was working on a framework to link inquiry-based science education and augmented reality.

Jaan Aru

Jaan Aru

Neuroscientist at the University of Tartu
Jaan Aru

Jaan Aru

Neuroscientist at the University of Tartu

Jaan Aru is a young neuroscientist and psychologist who has investigated learning in mice, men, and machines. Jaan has published two books in Estonian and more than 30 articles in international scientific journals. For his efforts in popularizing science, he has received the national science communication prize.

Mart Laanpere

Mart Laanpere

Senior Researhcer at Tallinn University
Mart Laanpere

Mart Laanpere

Senior Researhcer at Tallinn University

Mehis Pärn

Mehis Pärn

Founder and CEO at Bizplay
Mehis Pärn

Mehis Pärn

Founder and CEO at Bizplay

Kristen Tamm

Kristen Tamm

CEO at Futuclass
Kristen Tamm

Kristen Tamm

CEO at Futuclass

Triinu Pihus

Triinu Pihus

Coordinator of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Miina Härma Gymnasium
Triinu Pihus

Triinu Pihus

Coordinator of the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) at Miina Härma Gymnasium

Martin Saar

Martin Saar

Deputy Head at Tallinn Secondary School of Science
Martin Saar

Martin Saar

Deputy Head at Tallinn Secondary School of Science

Next speakers to be announced soon

2 days
and
3 tracks

15 school
best
practices

5 education
expert
keynotes

Hundreds
joining
virtually

For school heads, teachers,
edu officials and experts

Program

 

THURSDAY 8 October 2020

 

10:00

Virtual Exhibition

11:00

Opening Keynotes

It's All About the Learner
Ulla Ilisson, Director of the Education and Youth Authority

It's All About the Learner

It's All About the Learner


How we contribute and enforce transformation towards more data-driven,
personalized and customer-centric education in Estonia?

How are planned development and empowerment of new collaboration formats
with main stakeholders?

What are the fundamentals, services or set-ups for future learning?

Ulla Ilisson is the head of the Education and Youth Authority. She has been a leader in the development of several large as well as international organizations, including Swedbank, Kalev and several insurance companies.

Ulla also has experience in starting and boosting an Estonian start-up company. Among other roles, she has previously contributed to developments in the field of education, being the chairman of the board in the initiative of “Tagasi Kooli” (“Back to School”) and being a board member in “Noored Kooli” (“Youth to School”). Ulla considers it to be important, above all, to promote the services that are necessary and suitable for the customer, while being ambitious and balanced. As the head of the Education and Youth Authority, she has been able to achieve trusting and good relations with partners in a short time. Such trust strengthens and inspires her in the role of the head of the Education and Youth Authority. Ulla considers it to be crucial to develop the education and youth field to be more customer-oriented and to create an environment conducive for innovation.

Ulla has a Master’s degree from Tallinn University of Technology and she considers lifelong learning to be very relevant. She is currently complementing her studies in the university of IESE (at the Management Program).

COVID-19 and Educational Change: What Has Singapore Learned for Future Education?
Pak Tee NG, Associate Professor at National Institute of Education, Singapore

COVID-19 and Educational Change: What Has Singapore Learned for Future Education?

COVID-19 and Educational Change: What Has Singapore Learned for Future Education?

What did schools and education officials
learn from the school management point of view?


How has it affected the way students learn and
what is the positive takeaway for future teaching methodology?


What technology beyond the video call has emerged and
will have its place in schools also for the future?

Pak Tee NG is a Singaporean educator whose main work is in educational change, policy and leadership, and who is deeply involved in the development of school and teacher leaders for his country. He has spoken at many global events, for example, Google Global Education Symposium, International Baccalaureate Global Conference, and Scottish Learning Festival. He is currently a member of Scotland’s International Council of Education Advisers and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He is the co-editor of the Routledge Leading Change book series and the author of the book “Learning from Singapore: The Power of Paradoxes”. Although he is thankful for receiving a few awards during his career, his greater reward is a fraternity of students who are educational leaders themselves and who pay it forward through their educational leadership, contribution and commitment to education.

13:00

Lunch / Break / Virtual Exhibition

14:00

Tracks

Track 1: School Management
Track 2: Learning Methods
Track 3: Education Technology

15:30

Break / Virtual Exhibition

16:00

What Are the Best Practices of Estonia in Coping With Pandemic and What Has It Learned for Future Education?
Margus Pedaste, Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Tartu

What Are the Best Practices of Estonia in Coping With Pandemic and What Has It Learned for Future Education?

What Are the Best Practices of Estonia in Coping With Pandemic and What Has It Learned for Future Education?


What did schools and education officials learn
from the school management point of view?


How has it affected the way students learn and
what is the positive takeaway for future teaching methodology?


What technology beyond the video call has emerged and
will have its place in schools also for the future?

Margus Pedaste is a Professor of Educational Technology at the Institute of Education of the University of Tartu in Estonia where he is leading the Centre for Educational Technology. He is also the head of Pedagogicum, which is a consortium of all university’s faculties for coordinating teacher education. Recently he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University H-STAR institute where he was working on a framework to link inquiry-based science education and augmented reality.

16:30

The Role of the Students in Educational Change and Innovations
Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas, Professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia

The Role of the Students in Educational Change and Innovations

The Role of the Students in Educational Change and Innovations


Students have been largely ignored in education reform efforts,
which focus on curriculum, teachers and teaching, school leadership, and assessment


Students can and should be partners of
educational change and owners of their learning


What can systems and schools do
to develop ownership of education among students

Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia. He has previously led Education departments at the University of Oregon and Michigan State University. Yong Zhao has received many awards for his work and has been recognized as one of the most influential education scholars. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education and he has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including An Education Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste: How Radical Changes Can Spark Student Excitement and Success (2019). Zhao was born in China’s Sichuan Province and lives in the United States.

17:00

End of Day 1



FRIDAY 9 October 2020

 

10:00

Virtual Exhibition

11:00

Keynotes

Australian Schools in the Pandemic: Key Lessons for the Future of Schooling
Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Education Policy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia

Australian Schools in the Pandemic: Key Lessons for the Future of Schooling

Australian Schools in the Pandemic: Key Lessons for the Future of Schooling


How did the pandemic affect Australian schools?

Will the pandemic change education?

What are the key lessons for the future?

Pasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator and scholar who has worked as a schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and advised education reforms around the world. He has written and spoken widely about teaching and learning in school, teachers’ work and education, educational change, international education issues, and the future of learning. His book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for an idea that has the potential to change the world. He is a former senior education specialist at the World Bank (in Washington, DC), a lead education expert at the European Training Foundation (in Torino, Italy), a director-general of CIMO at Finland’s Ministry of Education (in Helsinki, Finland), and a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University. He is professor of education policy at the UNSW and lives in Sydney with his family.

Unleashing the Potential of Childrens' Brains
Jaan Aru, Neuroscientist at the University of Tartu

Unleashing the Potential of Childrens' Brains

Unleashing the Potential of Childrens' Brains


What separates the human mind
from artificial intelligence and other animals?


What needs to be done in schools
to enhance this potential?


The current crisis provides the opportunity
to implement these changes.

Jaan Aru is a young neuroscientist and psychologist who has investigated learning in mice, men, and machines. Jaan has published two books in Estonian and more than 30 articles in international scientific journals. For his efforts in popularizing science, he has received the national science communication prize.

12:15

Startup Estonia Pitch Presentations

Blended Learning Brings Diversity Into School
Mehis Pärn, Founder and CEO at Bizplay

Blended Learning Brings Diversity Into School

Blended Learning Brings Diversity Into School


Modern school blends together best sides of contact and distance learning
and combines different methods into personalized curriculum

Educational Virtual Reality Games for Physics and Chemistry From Futuclass
Kristen Tamm, CEO at Futuclass

Educational Virtual Reality Games for Physics and Chemistry From Futuclass

Educational Virtual Reality Games for Physics and Chemistry From Futuclass


Futuclass develops educational virtual reality games for physics and chemistry.

Content covers mainly 8th and 9th curriculum and consists of two types of games:
teaching modules and knowledge deepening VR escape games.

Pedagogical framework, module develeopment and impact studies
are done together with co-creation schools and Tallinn University.

13:00

Lunch / Break / Virtual Exhibition

14:00

Tracks

Track 1: School Management
Track 2: Learning Methods
Track 3: Education Technology

15:00

Break / Virtual Exhibition

15:30

Closing Keynotes

What Are the Best Practices of UK in Coping With Pandemic and What Has It Learned for Future Education?
Andria Zafirakou, MBE Art and Textiles Teacher at Alperton Community school in London and Winner of Global Teacher Prize 2018

What Are the Best Practices of UK in Coping With Pandemic and What Has It Learned for Future Education?

What Are the Best Practices of UK in Coping With Pandemic and What Has It Learned for Future Education?


What did schools and education officials learn
from the school management point of view?


How has it affected the way students learn and
what is the positive takeaway for future teaching methodology?


What technology beyond the video call has emerged and
will have its place in schools also for the future?

Andria is an art and textiles teacher in Brent on the outskirts of London, one of the world’s most ethnically diverse places. She is passionate about education and changing the lives of young people and underserved communities through creativity. She has worked her entire teaching career of 14 years at Alperton Community School and was promoted to Deputy Head of Art within a year of her arrival. She is now Associate Deputy Headteacher leading on staff professional development.

Using the prize money awarded by the Global Teacher prize, Andria founded a charity called Artists in Residence (AiR) with an aim to improve arts education in schools.

16:30

Concluding Declaration

17:00

Closure of the Edubest 2020

Participation Information and Registration

Tickets
Virtual Conference Pass costs EUR 150 (incl. VAT) / EUR 100 (incl. VAT) for ESHA/EKJÜ members and covers:

  • Access to all of the sessions for one user with networking and interaction tools
  • Presentations available after the event as video on demand
For invited guests who will receive an unique invitation code in their letter of invitation, participation is free of charge.


Registration
Please register for the conference by the 5th of October 2020 using the registration form. Upon successful registration, you will receive a confirmation letter. If you do not receive a confirmation letter, please contact us by email.


Cancellation and change of participation format
The participation fee will be fully reimbursed if notified in writing before the 1st of October 2020.


Language
Conference language is English


Information
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