Over the next two weeks, we will be trying something different at IEN. We are participating at a symposium – “What’s new? Challenges and possibilities for educational innovation around the world” – at the annual conference of the American Educational Assocation in Chicago (April 17th, 8:15 to 9:45 AM, Swissotel, Lucerne Level, Lucerne I). In order to broaden the conversation, we will be sharing short papers by the participants in that symposium who will be talking about efforts to support educational innovations in Mexico & Colombia, Finland, Ghana & Mali, and Singapore:
- Bringing Effective Instructional Innovation to Scale in Mexico and Colombia, Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
- How Do School Sites Support the Adoption of Educational Innovations in the Finnish Context? Jari Lavonen, Tiina Korhonen, & Kalle Juuti
Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Real-time Data for Real-time Use: Case Studies from Ghana and Mali, Radhika Iyengar, Earth Institute, Columbia University
- A Framework to Organise the Enabling Factors for the Spreading of Curricular Innovations in a Centralised-Decentralised Context of Singapore Schools, Paul Chua and David Hung, National Institute of Education, Singapore
While the participants will be focusing on what has worked in their countries as well as the challenges they’ve faced, in the symposium we will also be looking across contexts and discussing some common questions including:
- What kinds of resources, expertise and networks are needed to create an “infrastructure for innovation” in different contexts?
- What commonalities are there in the spread of innovations across these contexts? To what extent are these “context-specific” lessons?
- To what extent and in what ways are “innovations” in these countries really “new”?
- What really changes and “improves” if/when innovations take hold?
- When, under what conditions, and for whom, can innovations be considered “good”?
We invite you to follow along and share your own examples of the possibilities and challenges for innovation in different contexts.