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Maggie Farrar

BLOG - The upcoming Global Dialogue

28 October 2016

Maggie Farrar, Lead Associate for the Schools Partnership Programme, comments on the upcoming event.

Can it really be almost nine months since the first ‘Global Dialogue’ was held in February this year? We promised we would meet up again and we are doing just that on the 1st ( UK and Canada ) and 2nd November (Australia and New Zealand). Once again myself and the team who pull the event together are feeling the familiar anticipation and slight nervousness that comes with any large event, particularly one aiming to connect four countries simultaneously in online debate and conversation.

Looking back at the last Dialogue, the themes we debated then are still just as relevant as we prepare to reconnect as a global community:

  • How can national policy build from local solutions and emergent effective practice?
  • How can bottom up local change transfer into system wide change, so high quality practice everywhere becomes the norm?
  • If system wide school collaboration is our best chance of creating great education systems what forms of accountability would incentivize really effective and ambitious collaboration and how do we measure our collective impact on student learning?

This year we are joined once again by the Global Dialogue Faculty members, Michael Fullan, Steve Munby and Viviane Robinson, who will bring their international knowledge and expertise to the conversation. They led our debate in February but in this Dialogue school leaders from the four participating countries, each of whom are working to address the Global Dialogue themes, will take centre stage.

We will be joined by Chris Nielson from New Zealand who will be looking at collaboration between primary, secondary and early years settings, Marie-Claire Bretherton from England who will be sharing her experience of peer review as a powerful vehicle for school improvement, leadership development and culture change, Matt Carver from Australia who will share his experience of collaboration in rural and remote communities and Rodney Eckhert and Nancy Sabo in Ontario who will share their collaborative work with elementary school teachers and students.

These four leaders embody the spirit and the moral purpose of so many of the leaders who will be joining the Dialogue. They are putting collective interest before self interest, they are prepared to be open and transparent about their areas for development, they are professionally generous in sharing their strengths and above all they are willing to step up and courageously ‘lead from the middle’ despite the challenges that this brings them. 

I am very excited to hear what they have to say and to engage in the debate between them, the Faculty and the global network of almost 400 leaders who will be joining us. This network of leaders around the Globe who want to occupy 'the middle', and create the sort of education systems we can all be proud to lead seems to me like a powerful movement. Education Development Trust are proud to create the platform on which they can have a voice and build their collective knowledge about how to go about this compelling task.

We will share the outcomes with you so if you can't make the Dialogue then do return to this website or follow #GlobalDialogue on Twitter to continue the debate with us.