14th OECD Japan Seminar "Strong Performers, Successful Reformers in Education"











14th OECD Japan Seminar
"Strong Performers, Successful Reformers in Education"
28-29 June 2011 - Tokyo, Japan
National Center of Sciences Building, Gakujutsu Sogo Senta)
2-1-2 Hitotsubashi,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo


Co-hosts  | Objectives | Agenda | Presentations

Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in co-operation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


Inspired by the results from the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the conference brought together high-level policymakers, administrators, researchers and educators to examine the design and implementation of educational reform in countries that have shown consistently strong student learning performance or that have seen rapid improvement in recent years. It sought to inform the development of curricula and instructional methods by examining what individuals need to know and be able to do to succeed in tomorrow’s world, given rapid economic, social and demographic changes. The outcomes from this conference will inform the longer-term development of PISA to ensure that it continues to measure progress on those dimensions of competencies that are most relevant to the future success of today’s school children.






Title Presenter

Equipping young people for tomorrow's world


Michael Fullan

Singapore education reform journey

Heng Swee Keat,
Minister for Education,


Poland - successes and challenges - education reform

Miroslaw Sielatycki,
Under-Secretary of State,
Ministry of National Education


Japan - PISA survey and education reform

Kan Suzuki,
Senior Vice Minister of MEXT

The Finnish advantage - good teachers

Pasi Sahlberg, PhD,
Director General,
Centre for International Mobility


TDA approaches to improving teacher training

Michael Day,
Trading and Development
Agency for Schools (TDA), UK

Improving the quality of teaching

Teiichi Sato, K
Professor, International
University of Health and Welfare Graduate School


Indonesia Reading Proficiency and Influencing Factors

Mr. Burhanuddin Tola,
Ministry of National Education

Learning from Asia

Vivien Stewart,
Senior Advisor for Education, Asia Society

Achieving Excellence and Equity with Harmony between East and West

Minxuan ZHANG,
Deputy Director-General of Shanghai
Municipal Education Commission and Shengli ZHAN, Research Associate Fellow of
Shanghai PISA Center, Post-doc Fellow of the University of Hong Kong


Successful delivery – implementing policy effectively and overcoming challenges


Michael Barber

Digital Technologies and Performance - Volume VI of the first international report of results from PISA 2009

Juliette Mendelovitz, Australian Council for Educational Research


Choosing effective drivers for whole system reform

Michael Fullan


Strong performers and successful reformers: Lessons from PISA

Andreas Schleicher