“Schooling for Tomorrow” - Final International Conference - Introduction to the Conference Week



The main OECD Helsinki event is the final international Schooling for Tomorrow conference which CERI is organising together with the Finnish National Board for Education. This runs from Monday, 29 September through to the morning of Wednesday, 1 October at Wanha Satama in Helsinki. It will conclude “Schooling for Tomorrow” – one of the most prominent and influential CERI projects of the past decade. Moreover, these Helsinki events are part of a year of celebrations marking this anniversary as it has been 40 years since CERI was established.


This conference, opened by the Finnish Minister of Education and the Director for Education, OECD, aims to engage all participants in active exchange in plenary and workshop sessions (the plenary sessions will be in English and French). It will take stock of the lessons learned over the decade of Schooling for Tomorrow and look ahead through the major trends impacting on the future. The conference will also give participants the opportunity to learn about the Finnish experience with futures thinking in education complemented by visits to 21st century learning environments in and around Helsinki.


Other future-oriented debates in the same week


Immediately following the Schooling for Tomorrow event will begin the rest of a week of futures-oriented debates and exchanges. This will begin with an international forum running up to lunch on Wednesday, 1 October, bringing together representatives from the worlds of education, business and policy to discuss innovation and education. Our future welfare and well-being depend on the abilities of individuals and institutions to innovate. Innovation is not only a key-economic skill, necessary to sustain the competitive position of OECD countries; it is also the ability to live and thrive in rapidly changing societies.


Innovative Learning Environments: Launch of the Empirical Phase


The OECD/CERI meeting of the “Innovative Learning Environments” project will follow after lunch on Wednesday, 1 October as one of a number of parallel events. The general aim of this project is double fold: a) to generate a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the current state of what we know about learning and to present it in a useful way for policymakers, education leaders and teachers; and b) to identify and subsequently analyse a number of learning environments in order to provide international examples of good practice and to stimulate a discussion on their potential to enrich mainstream education in OECD countries.


This project follows on from “Schooling for Tomorrow” with a stronger basis in the learning sciences and as it is now moving into its operational phase. The goal of this half-day meeting is to introduce and obtain feedback on the empirical phase proposal and to discuss how countries/regions could get involved in this ambitious CERI initiative.


Hence, countries are invited specifically to send experts and representatives who may be engaged in this work in the future.


Grasping the Future: a Challenge of Learning and Innovation


In the second half of the week, a second conference will be organised by the Finnish Future Centre (1-3 October). This conference seeks to provide educationalists and business people with future toolkits to support and enhance personal development and creativity for present and future generations. The conference helps the attendees to appreciate the importance of innovative learning environments that have a significant role in creating future-oriented, cutting-edge competencies for individuals as well as organisations. Details, including about registration, can be found on www.wanhasatama.com.


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