Final Conference on Improving School Leadership, 14-15 April 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark


The final conference of the Improving School Leadership activity was organised jointly by the OECD and the Danish Ministry of Education. It brought together policy makers, scholars, practitioners and representatives of international organisations to discuss policy options to improve school leadership for enhanced school outcomes. The OECD launched its two school leadership publications:

  • an international comparative report on school leadership policy and practice and
  • a case study report on innovative practices in systemic leadership (for the executive summaries of the reports, click here).

The conference was opened by the Danish Minister of Education, Bertel Haarder and the OECD Deputy Secretary-General Aart de Geus. A session on Scandinavian approaches to leadership set the stage for the conference by reminding participants of the need to adapt school leadership policy to different contexts. The OECD school leadership team presented the two school leadership reports. Eight in-depth policy workshops provided room for participants to discuss ways to make school leadership policy work in practice. In the final session How to take this agenda forward: a minister consults, the Danish Minister of Education, Bertel Haarder, and a group of researchers and policy makers engaged in a lively discussion on how to best implement school leadership reform.

Conference documentation


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