Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills
To launch this new report, a half-day seminar was held at the OECD headquarters in Paris on 10 March, opened by Stefan Kapferer, Deputy Secretary General. Education policy-makers, practitioners and researchers from OECD and key partner countries were invited to discuss "what works" in promoting social and emotional skills for children's well-being and social progress.
Skills beyond Schools
A Strategic Approach to Education and Skills Policies for the United Arab Emirates
The latest country review in the Skills beyond School series is Egypt and examines what type of training is needed to meet the needs of a changing economy, how programmes should be funded, how they should be linked to academic and university programmes, and how employers and unions can be engaged.
This report has an important message for the United Arab Emirates and many of its neighbours: the wealth that lies hidden in the undeveloped skills of their populations is far greater than what they currently reap by extracting wealth from natural resources. The report is part of the OECD’s ongoing work on building effective national and local skills strategies.
PISA for Development
This OECD initiative aims to identify how PISA can best support evidence-based policy making in emerging and developing economies – and contribute to the UN-led definition of global learning goals for the post-2015 agenda. Participating countries include Ecuador, Guatemala, Senegal and Zambia, with both Cambodia and Paraguay currently negotiating participation.
Thomas Alexander Fellowship
We are pleased to announce the awards for the Thomas J. Alexander Fall 2014 Call for Proposals: Alper Dincer (Turkey), Jia He (China), Antonio Villar (Spain) and Anna Katyn Chmielewski (United States). The next call for proposals will run from 5 April to 24 May 2015.
The OECD is now planning for TALIS 2018 and would like to hear from countries that are interested in participating. Call for Tender is now open and will close on 15 April 2015. Please help us in passing on this information to those who might be interested.
Education and Skills Webinar Series
Andreas Schleicher, Director of the Directorate for Education and Skills at the OECD, will present a webinar on Schools for 21st-Century Learners: Strong Leaders, Confident Teachers, Innovative Approache, the background report, prepared by the OECD, for the fifth International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP2015) which is being held in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The password to register for the webinar is OECDEDU.
Education Policy Outlook: Country Profiles
Following the publication of country profiles for the Netherlands and Portugal, reports for the United Kingdom and Canada, which provide an analysis of common challenges and policy lessons learnt in these countries, have been published in early 2015.
Education in Indonesia: Rising to the Challenge
Having made impressive progress in widening access to basic education, Indonesia must now consolidate these gains and develop an education system to support the needs of the economy in its transition towards high-income status. This report will be launched by Angel Gurria, the Secretary General at the OECD, on 26 March 2015.
Inclusive Innovation in Education
In education, many innovative efforts around the globe try to provide underprivileged populations with access to better quality education and educational resources. Presentations from the International Conference on Innovative Efforts for Universal Quality Education held in 2014 in New Delhi are now available.
In February 2015, the Governing Complex Education Systems team co-hosted an international conference with the Ministry of Education and Research in Tallinn. Representatives from 20 countries across the OECD gathered to discuss important issues that included comparing country data systems and sharing challenges around the use of data.
Trends Shaping Education Spotlight
This spotlight looks at how families in the OECD are changing. It examines a series of questions this poses for education: Do our education systems offer the necessary support for children growing up in modern families? To what extent should schools be responsible for what have traditionally been thought of as “family matters”? And does family composition have any effect on education performance?