OECD Education Webinars

See the data, hear the experts

Want to learn about what’s going on in education today – and what education might look like tomorrow?

There’s no better way to find out than through the webinars on education hosted by the OECD.

We’ll share our data and tap our network of education researchers and experts to give you detailed presentations on a wide range of issues, from student performance and well-being, to teachers’ job satisfaction and professionalism, to educating in the era of artificial intelligence.

Best of all, you’ll be able to participate in the discussions and pose questions to the experts. Join us at the place where data and policy making meet. We look forward to “seeing” you on line soon!


Upcoming Webinars

Ask an expert: Why play is so important for child learning and development

Play is undeniably an essential part of childhood. It is so important that the right to play is enshrined in the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. But why is play so important? How does it affect child learning, well-being and development? And how has play changed in the digital age?

Join us for our third “ask an expert” webinar. With a panel of international experts, we will discuss the serious side of play. We will explore the important role play and risk-taking has in children’s lives, and how digital play is changing the game.

We will hear from:

Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter, Professor, Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Norway
Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Chair of Learning Through Play, LEGO Foundation, Denmark
Benoit Bediou, Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Psychology, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Moderated by:

Tracey Burns and Francesca Gottschalk, OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Tuesday 18 May 2021
16:00 (Paris time)


Past Webinars (2021)

Embedding creativity in education: Ireland’s whole-of-government approach

Recognising the value of creativity to young people’s lives and wellbeing, the all-of-government Creative Ireland Programme, through its Creative Youth Plan, champions the importance of taking a whole-system approach to embedding creativity in education.

Join us to explore and draw lessons from the Irish experience as we look at how countries have moved from idea to implementation in fostering and assessing creativity and critical thinking. 

Moderated by Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, Senior Analyst and Deputy Head of Division at the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, with:

Tania Banotti, Director of the Creative Ireland Programme
Gary Ó Donnchadha, Deputy Chief Inspector, Department of Education, Ireland
Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council, Ireland
Di Fisher-Naylor, Director of Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) foundation

Taking place in the lead-up to Ireland’s national creative youth conference, this conversation will provide insight on the value of an whole-of-government approach to creativity in education.

Embedding creativity in education: Ireland’s whole-of-government approach with Tania Banotti, Gary Ó Donnchadha, Tomás Ó Ruairc and Di Fisher-Naylor (11 May 2021)

Developing literacy skills in a digital world: New findings from PISA

Reading is a far more complex task today than it once was. The Internet has transported the written word from the confines of a few carefully curated books to the phone screens in everyone’s pocket, and accredited publishers are no longer the gatekeepers of what and how we read – today, anyone can publish with almost no constraints.

How can we verify what we read online? What skills are involved in evaluating the trustworthiness of a source and understanding the information provided?

In 2018, PISA addressed reading as its main subject, and the reading framework was devised to include essential reading skills in a digital world, to provide important insights into how 15-year-old students are developing reading skills to navigate the technology-rich 21st century, and how this varies by geography, social background or gender. It also explores what teachers can do to help students navigate ambiguity and manage complexity.

Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills, presents the latest findings from PISA 2018, published in the upcoming report 21st-Century Readers: Developing Literacy Skills in a Digital World.

Developing literacy skills in a digital world: New findings from PISA with Andreas Schleicher, Miyako Ikeda and Javier Suarez-Alvarez (4 May 2021)

Rethinking the classroom after COVID-19: Insights and innovations from teachers

Teachers and schools have responded in extraordinarily creative and dedicated ways to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, consistently finding new, often unprecedented solutions that challenge our traditional conceptualisation of teaching and learning.

Some of the changes and innovations that we have seen may last well into the future. The OECD, UNESCO and the Teacher Task Force have been gathering and discussing the new insights that emerged from these difficult times with teachers from all around the world.

Join us for a webinar where we will take stock of the lessons learnt during the pandemic and how we can build back better and even stronger together. OECD Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher will be joined by Haldis Holst, Deputy General Secretary of Education International, and Borhene Chakroun, UNESCO’s Director for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, as they discuss with four teachers about their insights on teaching during COVID-19.

Rethinking the classroom after COVID-19: Insights and innovations from teachers with Andreas Schleicher, Haldis Holst, Borhene Chakroun, Catherine Gregory, Fernando Mesquita, Filipa Matos and Eirene Christa Luturmas (28 April 2021)

The state of school education: One year into the COVID pandemic

In 2020, 1.5 billion students in 188 countries/economies were locked out of their schools. Students everywhere have been faced with schools that are open one day and closed the next, causing massive disruption to their learning.

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic still raging, many education systems are still struggling, and the situation is constantly evolving.

The OECD – in collaboration with UNESCO, UNICEF and The World Bank – has been monitoring the situation across countries and collecting data on how each system is responding to the crisis, from school closures and remote learning, to teacher vaccination and gradual returns to in-class instruction.

Join Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills, for a webinar to present the findings of a survey of around 30 different education systems and their responses to the pandemic, looking at how strategies varied across countries, whether or not certain strategies were favoured, and what the impact of these strategies was.

The state of school education: One year into the COVID pandemic with Andreas Schleicher and Eric Charbonnier (1 April 2021)

Ask an expert: Understanding digital risks for 21st century children

While digital technologies provide tremendous opportunities for children, greater connectivity also brings with it greater risks. What digital risks do children face? How can we balance the risks and opportunities of the digital world? What role do schools, teachers, and parents play in keeping children safe? And importantly, how can we empower children to be resilient in the face of risk?

Join us for our second “Ask an expert” webinar to discuss these issues. With a panel of international experts we will explore the nature of risks for children in the digital environment, and measures to keep them safe.

Hear from:

– Tracey Burns, Senior Analyst, OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation
– Afrooz Kaviani Johnson, Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF
– Matti Näsi, University Lecturer in Criminology, Institute of Criminology and Legal Policy, University of Helsinki
Elizabeth Milovidov, Digital Parenting Consultant, Council of Europe, e-Enfance
– Moderated by Francesca Gottschalk, Analyst, OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

Ask an expert: Understanding digital risks for 21st century children with Tracey Burns, Afrooz Kaviani Johnson, Matti Näsi, Elizabeth Milovidov and Francesca Gottschalk (31 March 2021)

The future at five: How do gender stereotypes affect five-year-olds’ ideas about their future?

Many of us will remember being asked at a young age what we wanted to be when we grew up. What answer did we give, and why did we give that answer? What shaped our ideas about the working world? Children’s understanding of which jobs are available is often influenced by what they see the adults in their lives doing, which in turn influences their choices and motivation in school. According to new evidence from the OECD International Early Learning and Child Well-Being Study (IELS), gender norms are evident in what many five-year-olds say about what they want to be when they grow up, leading to imbalanced gender representation in certain fields later on in schooling – and later on in life.

Join us for a webinar on what education systems can do to tackle gender stereotyping in the early years of education. Andreas Schleicher will present the latest data from IELS and what it means for education, followed by a panel discussion with experts working in the field of gender equality.

Speakers include:

Andreas Schleicher, Director, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills
Erin Ganju, Manager Director, Echidna Giving
Nuria Oliver, Academic Director, Girls and Engineering, and Co-founder and Vice President, ELLIS
Nick Chambers, Chief Executive, Education and Employers

Moderator:

Justine Sass, Chief, Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality, UNESCO

The Future at Five: How do gender stereotypes affect five-year-olds’ ideas about their future? With Andreas Schleicher, Erin Ganju, Nuria Oliver, Nick Chambers and Justine Sass (8 March 2021)

What can schools do to develop positive, high-achieving students? Insights from PISA and TALIS

The work of teachers matters in many different ways. Not only do they provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the labour market, but they also help develop the social-emotional skills that are vital for students’ personal development and for their active citizenship. But how do teachers best achieve this?

By linking 2018 data from the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) with evidence from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) – known as the TALIS-PISA link – a new OECD report identifies the teacher and school factors that matter most for student achievement and social-emotional development. The countries that took part in this joint study are Australia, Argentina, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Malta, Turkey and Viet Nam. 

The findings of the report are presented by the OECD’s Andreas Schleicher who is also joined by Brett Wigdortz (Teach First, Teach for All and Tiney) and Dr Vanessa Ogden (Fair Education Alliance and Mulberry Schools Trust) to discuss the implications of the reports findings for policy makers, schools and teachers across the world. The discussion is chaired by Natalie Perera, Chief Executive of the Education Policy Institute.

What can schools do to develop positive, high-achieving students? Insights from TALIS and PISA with Andreas Schleicher, Brett Wigdortz, Dr Vanessa Ogden and Natalie Perera (2 February 2021)

What will education look like in the future?

Looking ahead and beyond the current pandemic, how do we envisage education changing? The events of the past year have accelerated our increasing familiarity and use of technology and online learning, making us wonder whether our education systems are keeping pace. What new possibilities does this present? And what are the challenges to some of the structures we have in place now, for example in higher education?

And crucially, how do we best prepare our young people for the future, while at the same time ensuring that we have the workforce we need?

This interactive webinar, hosted by the OECD and Education and Employers, outlined four different scenarios describing what education might look like in the future, and discussed what each might mean for students.

The audience also had a chance to comment and tell us which future scenario they think is the most likely.

Speakers:

  • Brittany Singh Williams, Global Shaper and Educational Strategist, Jamaica
  • Peter Ssenkusu, Principal of Maria Assumpta Nursery and Primary School, and lecturer at Makerere University, Uganda
  • Andreas Schleicher, Director, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills
  • Tracey Burns, Senior Analyst, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills

Moderated by Nick Chambers, Chief Executive, Education and Employers, UK

What will education look like in the future? With Brittany Singh Williams, Peter Ssenkusu, Tracery Burns, Andreas Schleicher and Nick Chambers (28 January 2021)

Let schools decide: The Norwegian approach to school improvement

In 2017, the government of Norway introduced new measures to provide schools and municipalities with greater freedom to carry out systematic school improvement based on what the schools themselves believe needs to change.

It is known as the “Competence Development Model”, and the main goal is to promote collective teacher professionalism by giving teachers and other local-level stakeholders more control over funding and teachers’ professional development.

The Model allows schools to decide what their needs are and gives them support to address them, for example by linking schools and universities in order to tailor professional development and generate better teaching and learning.

Other countries can learn from the Norwegian approach if they too are seeking ways to support teacher professional development in decentralised environments.

Hege Nilssen, Head of the Directorate for Education and Training in Norway, Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills, and the OECD’s Implementing Education Policies team discuss how this innovative model was designed and implemented, and what other countries can learn from it.

Let schools decide: The Norwegian approach to school improvement with Hege Nilssen and Andreas Schleicher (27 January 2021)


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