In the long-term, the Teach For All network has the potential to shape approaches to increasing excellence and equity across international education systems. Through pioneering leadership, collective impact, and influencing system change, we can be a core part of the growing global movement for change. In the short-term, one of the fastest ways to catalyze that change is through engaging our network—and especially our alumni—with the most promising, exciting, and innovative ideas in expanding opportunity for children. This month we’re launching a new initiative to do just that.
The Global Change Forum will be an online resource where at regular intervals throughout the year the alumni and staff of our network partners will have easy access to the latest thinking from globally renowned individuals—from within and outside the network—on a given issue in ensuring choice and opportunity for all children. Each month, a different group of four experts will share their insights on a hot topic, and we’ll open an online forum where the network can engage.
Our very first discussion will be centered on Family Engagement, and feature contributions from four global leaders in this field:
- Rukmini Banerji, Director of Pratham in India
- Jonah Edelman, CEO of Stand For Children in the US
- Te Kawehau Hoskins, Lecturer at The University of Auckland in New Zealand
- Veronica Palmer, Co-founder and Co-CEO of RISE: Colorado in the US
The format is simple: We’ll begin on Tuesday September 16 by simultaneously posting each participant’s response to the discussion questions:
- What kinds of family engagement are most effective at improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged children?
- What can policymakers and educators do to promote such engagement?
Contributions are limited to 500 words and may include links, pictures, charts, or videos. Once the responses are posted, the forum will be live through Friday September 19. During this time, anyone will be free to comment or ask a question, and we will moderate an exchange among the participants, staff, and alumni who join the online conversation. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to ask the biggest questions of some of the best thinkers and doers in the world.
Every month we’ll focus on a different topic, with Teacher Development, Girls’ Education, and 21st Century Learning next on the agenda—be on the lookout for those in the near future. In the meantime, be sure to join us on teachforall.org next Tuesday for a week of ideas, debate, conversation, and provocation in the Global Change Forum.