As a key partner, NORRAG joins delegates at the Annual meetings and the 12th Policy Dialogue Forum of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030 (TTF), jointly organised by the TTF Secretariat, the Ministry of Education of the UAE and UNESCO Offices in the Region (8-12 December 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates). The Annual Meeting and 12th Policy Dialogue Forum convene key education stakeholders from around the world to reflect on current teaching policies and practices and discuss visions of teaching and learning that respond to the challenges of the 21st century. The focal theme for this year is on “The Futures of Teaching,” with particular attention to: 1) the implications of new learning goals for teacher preparation and training; (2) addressing inequalities and diversity; and (3) innovations – implications for teacher education and training and practices.
At the forum, Professor Ji Liu, NORRAG Senior Research Associate, will speak on Plenary Panel 2 on Addressing Inequalities, alongside UAE’s Minister of Education, Director of UNESCO Division for Education 2030, Vice Dean of the College of Education at UAE University, faculty from Le Moyne College, representatives from the MasterCard Foundation, and international inequality research experts. This plenary will specifically discuss the future role/s of teachers in addressing education inequalities. Particularly, the panelists will tackle how we can leverage the emerging thinking around the teaching-learning process to reduce disparities between learners, and to redress inequalities in learning outcomes rather than leaving certain categories of learners further behind. Importantly, this set of questions include:
- What are the skills, dispositions and knowledge needed for education professionals to work successfully in socially, culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms of the future so that education does not perpetuate the cycle of exclusion of vulnerable and ‘at-risk’ children?
- What kinds of pedagogical preparation and on-going training are needed?
- In what ways can technologies be leveraged to help reduce inequalities? Are the solutions relevant for all contexts?
This plenary will also illustrate the importance of access to education and equality of opportunity, instructional quality, availability of resources and equipment and gender dynamics, and how teachers and educators can play a transformative role in the classroom with the assistance of fast progressing education technology.
The Policy Dialogue Forum 2019 will bring together some 300 education stakeholders from around the world to reflect on current teaching policies and practices and discuss visions of teaching and learning that respond to emerging realities and the challenges of 21st-century education systems. In particular, the transferability of innovative pedagogic approaches, instructional models and technologies to diverse country contexts to reach learning goals and reduce inequities for different population groups (special needs education, education for displaced and refugee populations, education for remote communities, education for girls and women). The Forum will also take ideas and clues from today’s world of work, technological developments and knowledge on innovative learning and teaching approaches and look at the relevance of existing and future-oriented practices to different contexts, reexamining past assumptions, identifying gaps in teacher policies and reforms and proposing ideas to address them.