Early childhood and schools

13th OECD Japan Seminar "Pursuing Professional Development and Attaining Programme Management and Leadership Quality in ECEC"


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7-9 June 2010 - Tokyo, Japan


  • The University of Tokyo
  • Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


Pursuing professional development and attaining program management and leadership quality in early childhood education and care have been recognized as significant issues internationally. As illustrated in the OECD project report “Improving School Leadership” (2008), we need to note that along with individualised professional development, developing professionalism as an entire entity is the key to raising knowledge-based quality in practice. 

During this two-day intensive seminar, we are conferring in the following two layers:

  • How policy relates to professional development (administrative level)
  • How policy impacts practice (practical level)

The purpose of this OECD Japan seminar is to enable stakeholders in ECEC such as policy makers, academics, professional bodies, practitioners, parents, media, and journalists at local (sub-national), national, regional and international level to huddle together and canvass the issues.


The Seminar will be held at the following location:

  • International Conference Room, International Exchange Building
    National Olympics Memorial Youth Center

Address and maps 

  • National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, 3-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-0052 Japan
  • For maps and directions to the venue, click here.




To register for the meeting, please fill out the registration form and return it to kikan@mext.go.jp no later than 14 May 2010.*
*Registrations will be made in the order of that they are received (i.e., “first come, first served”), so participation may be restricted if the number of registrations requested outnumbers the fixed capacity.


Participants are asked to reserve, guarantee, and arrange payments for their hotels. As a guide, MEXT recommends the following hotels located in the vicinity of the venue. 

For more information
Miho Taguma miho.taguma@oecd.org
Kelly Makowiecki kelly.makowiecki@oecd.org



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