OECD and Alberta Education

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The international conference on Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) is co-organised by OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and Alberta Education, the Ministry of Education in the Canadian province of Alberta. The local hosts are the Canadian Rockies Public Schools, the Alberta school district in which the town of Banff is located.


The OECD/Alberta conference is the most ambitious event to date in the OECD work on Innovative Learning Environments. It draws on the earlier work on learning research and addresses in detail the on-going “innovative cases” analysis and the new work focused on the key issues of “implementation and change”. It is also the most ambitious in terms of the numbers of invited participants who, in addition to the core group of those in each system most closely engaged in the ILE project (the “system coordinators”), will include key players in different leadership positions and stakeholder groups.


The Alberta Government is engaged in a widespread dialogue to create a long-term vision for transforming education, focusing on innovation, shared governance, inclusiveness, engagement, a shift towards building competencies, and shared responsibility and accountability for student-centred education.


The specific aims of the meeting are to:

  • Examine inspiring forms of learning innovation being tried in different countries and contexts, addressing their innovative design and their aims and outcomes.
  • Discuss strategies and priorities for expanding new forms of learning environments, both in particular localities and through wider clusters and networking, and the broader policy implications to facilitate this process. 
  • Consolidate the international network of systems, stakeholders and researchers building 21st century learning environments and exploring how these can implemented at scale. 
  • Stemming from these, to provide substantial input to the OECD work on Innovative Learning Environments, both in its analysis of “innovative cases” and in designing new work on “implementation and change”.