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Conference Leadership in Education

Leadership in Education – One of the Priorities at the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013

On 9-10 September 2013, during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013, Vilnius hosted the Conference “Leadership in Education”, the aim of which is to contribute to the policy debate on leadership in education by providing a platform for representatives from EU Member States, and candidate and EFTA States and the European Commission to share best policy and practice on education leadership. The outcomes of the conference will feed into Council Conclusions, which are planned to be adopted by the Council in November, 2013.
The Conference was opened by Ms Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Prof Dr Dainius Pavalkis, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania.
Day One (September 9) Plenary that was moderated in the morning and chaired in the afternoon by the Dean of Research and Head of the Institute for Management and Economics of Education, Member of the Leadership Body of the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland Zug, Prof Dr Stephan Gerhard Huber.
The plenary offered two speeches: Dr Michael Schratz, Professor of Education at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Innsbruck (Austria), and presently Dean of the Faculty of Education, made a report “Leading towards the emerging future in a rapidly changing world” and Dr Pasi Sahlberg, from Finland, who currently holds the position of Director General of the National Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation and leads internationalization of the Finnish education system, made a report “School leadership and the Global Educational Reform Movement”.
Day Two (September 10) Plenary was based on the report “Looking ahead: Trends and perspectives on school leadership” delivered by Dr Beatriz Pont, Analyst in the Directorate for Education of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The plenary sessions on the both days were followed by parallel group discussions, which focused on: leadership for learning (moderators: Ričardas Ališauskas, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, and Eglė Pranckūnienė, School Development Centre), leadership for governance (moderators: Rytis Juozapavičius and Dr Jolanta Navickaitė, Ministry of Education and Science) and school leaders’ professional education and development (moderators: Prof Dr Aurimas Juozaitis, Lithuanian University of Educology, and Prof Dr Kay Livingston, Association For Teacher Education In Europe (ATTE), Scotland).
Conference delegates in working groups were actively submitting proposals on how to improve leadership for learning, how to better educate school leaders and improve their qualification, how to promote leadership instrumental for improvement of school management. The best proposals made by members of the working groups were collected and grouped according to the directions of target-oriented activities. Proposals of the blocks that received most positive evaluation were translated into 27 theses, which were presented for rating by all participants of the Conference. In the final part of the Conference, every participant had a possibility to vote by electronically in order to select theses based on their importance priority for educational leadership improvement. The output of the joint efforts was ready-made theses that will be reviewed and will feed into Council conclusions on innovative leadership.
Insights and outcomes delivered at the Conference that will serve as a basis for recommendations to the European Commission were presented and overviewed by Prof Dr Graham HC Donaldson, who has established a high profile internationally, lecturing extensively, working as an international expert for OECD, advising governments and NGOs, and leading SICI, the international inspectorate organisation, and currently working at University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he is an Honorary Professor in the College of Social Sciences.
Input of Lithuania to the Topic “Leadership in Education” through the National Project “Time for Leaders”
The on-going national Project “Time for Leaders” has already made its relevant contribution in creating the basis for a support infrastructure for leaders in education through development of managerial skills, creating new career opportunities by improving, supporting and liberating the school as well as empowering the education community and its every member.
The work done and the products created during the 1st (2009–2011) and 2nd (2011-2014) stages of the Project implementation prove the value and benefit of the Project for development of leadership in education. (See Project implementation)
Related material:
Reports made at the Conference and other material will be published on this web site of the Education Supply Centre Affiliated with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania.
Information about all events during the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013 is available on the web site Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2013.

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