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Steve Munby hosted summit as Altlantic Rim countries, states and provinces "tear down walls" in education

12 September 2016

On 14 and 15 of September, Steve Munby, CEO of Education Development Trust, facilitated the inaugural Atlantic Rim Collaboratory Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. The Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC) is an international initiative to examine and improve elementary and secondary education systems throughout the world.

A core founding principle behind ARC is "to break down the walls between countries and regions, as well as between educational researchers and politicians, in order to pursue the most fundamental ideas of what it means to be educated in today’s world for the mutual benefit of all ARC-systems and future generations of students worldwide."

Steve facilitated the summit, supporting those present in defining a vision, strategy, and plan of action as they prepare for future demands on teachers, schools and systems. Speaking about the event, Steve said "I'm thrilled and honoured to be invited to support ARC as they seek to improve education systems by working together in a collaborative spirit. It is inspirational to see educationalists and decision makers from different systems around the world come together to ensure that every child has the best possible chance of becoming a confident learner, no matter where they are."

The objectives of the ARC are to advance the values of equity, excellence, social justice and inclusion in high quality systems. This aligns well with our expertise in school system reform, as shown in a number of our recent research reports and international projects, including our work into why disadvantaged children in London do well and also our research work on achievement in England in remote, coastal and deprived communities.

Elsewhere in the world, our transformational work in Kenya has improved educational outcomes in both remote rural locations and urban deprived communities and is making a huge difference to the life chances of thousands of young girls.

At this inaugural ARC summit, one minister or deputy minister, one professional association leader and other representatives from that system will take part from:

  • Aruba
  • Canada (Ontario)
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Finland
  • Scotland
  • USA (Vermont and California)

In addition to representatives of the education systems, a number of education thought-leaders will also support the summit, including:

  • Vicky Colbart - Founder and Director, Colombia´s Fundación Escuela Nueva and 2013 WISE Prize Laureate
  • Andy Hargreaves - Brennan Chair, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
  • Pak Tee Ng - Singapore National Institute of Education’s
  • Jeannie Oakes - American Educational Research Association (AERA) President
  • Sir Ken Robinson - International education expert, advisor and author
  • Pasi Sahlberg - Finnish education policy expert and prize-winning author
A summary of the conference will be published shortly.

Steve Munby, sixth from the left on the bottom row, with representatives from each participating jurisdiction at the inaugural Atlantic Rim Collaboratory Summit