The 4th International Symposium on Educational Reform was hosted by the UK College of Education June 6-18 in collaboration with faculty from universities in Finland, Norway, Republic of South Africa, Ecuador and the People’s Republic of China. Since 2004, UK and other international universities have gathered to provide participants with opportunities to study educational reform and changes in leadership and preparation in nations throughout the world. In 2007, the symposium was held in Shanghai, China.
“The International Symposium on Educational Reform is unique in that its sole focus is on doctoral students,” said Lars Björk, a professor in the UK College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership Studies. “It provides seminars on leadership and change, as well as a Research Forum in which doctoral students may present dissertation proposals and research findings.”
The 2008 Symposium will include the following components:
- Doctoral-Level Course: EDL 705 – International Perspectives on Educational Reform (3 credits/10 EU credits). This course will focus on international educational reform; the function of schools in national social, economic and political development, and perspectives on leadership and professional preparation. EDL 705 will be conducted online as well as through seminars scheduled during the International Symposium on Educational Reform.
- Research Forum: will provide doctoral degree students an opportunity to present dissertation proposals and findings on teaching, learning and leading educational reform.
- Washington Policy Seminar: will convene representatives from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the Council of State School Officers (CCSSO) who are deeply involved in educational reform, leadership and preparation to discuss issues of global relevance.
- Colloquia and School Visits: The Kentucky Educational Reform Act (KERA) of 1990 launched the most comprehensive, research-based educational reform initiative in the nation. Professional associations and key Kentucky Department of Education, Fayette and Jessamine County Public Schools and Kentucky Center on School Safety staff will conduct colloquia and school visits for superintendents and principals. This will enable practitioners from several nations to exchange ideas on major issues faced by their respective nations in reforming public schools.