School leaders from Jamaica and eight other countries across the globe will converge in Kingston from March 7 to 8 for the third International Conference on Educational Leadership and Management.
The two-day event, under the theme ‘Educational Leadership for Social Justice: Policy, Practice, Community’, will be held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.
It is being organised by Educational Administration and Leadership-Jamaica (IEAL-J) in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI), National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) and the Catholic College of Mandeville.
Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Dr. Carmel Roofe, who is Head of the Scientific Review Committee for the conference, told JIS News that the event “will be two days of rich information-sharing”. She said the event is targeting school leaders at all levels, classroom teachers, parents, policymakers, academics and members of civil society. “Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this conference,” she noted.
Dr. Roofe told JIS News that this year’s focus is on leadership for social justice “in terms of how should we lead to ensure equal opportunity for all, how should we lead to ensure fairness”.
“We will examine polices that surround the processes that we engage in and the ways in which we actively involve the wider community, not just those who are within the schools themselves or within the education system,” she noted.
She said that there will also be a number of sessions on curriculum leadership, where discussion will be focused on the National Standards Curriculum. Education officers from the Ministry will also share research they have undertaken, during a special session called ‘Ignite’.
Head teachers from the United Kingdom (UK) will collaborate with local principals to share their expertise and best practices on leadership in a special session called ‘PrinMeet’.
Keynote speakers over the two days are Professor of Administration and Leadership in Education, Brock University, Canada, Denise E. Armstrong; Programme Manager, Human Resource Development, CARICOM Secretariat, Dr. Laurette S.M. Bristol; Professor of Education Leadership, Teachers College, Columbia University, New
York, Professor Mark Anthony Gooden; Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, University of Huddersfield, UK, Paul W. Miller. There will also be presentations from specialists in the area of educational leadership from the School of Education at UWI, University of Technology (UTech), and local teachers’ colleges.
The two-day conference will include participants from Kenya, Germany, Greece, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Canada, the UK, and the United States of America.
For further information on registration and fees persons may visit: www.iealj.org, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 876-831-3204.
By: Judith A. Hunter