The Futures of Education 2022 Education Policy Studies Conference

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159 Education
@ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies and IRIS NRC, This event is hosted by the UW-Madison School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies and Office of Professional Learning and Community Education (PLACE). This partnership was made possible by the generosity of the School of Education’s Impact 2030 Initiative. Part of the Spring 2022 Lecture Series.

This year’s conference engage the once-in-a-decade UNESCO report. The futures of Education, pulled together by a broad international committee with diverse representation and focus groups conducted across many countries. The report answers three big questions which will be addressed in the conference:

  • What educational progress has been achieved over the last 50 years?
  • What injustices still need to be addressed? (Ch 1)
  • What emerging disruptions will shape the world of 2050? What role can education play in achieving desired futures? (Ch 2)

There will also be opportunities to connect with current, future, alumni and emeriti members of the EPS community.

This conference is free but registration is required.

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  • 7:00-8:00am: Panel-Global Responses to the Futures of Education Report
    • International Network of Education Institution members from Beijing Normal University, Hiroshima University, Nanyang Technological University, University of São Paulo, and University of Wisconsin-Madison will respond to the UNESCO report. Facilitated by Dr. Kate McCleary of the SoE Global Engagement Office (via Zoom).
  • 8:45-9:00am: Dean Diana Hess: Welcome
  • 9:00-10:00am: Dr. Antonio Novoa- “Reimagining our Futures Together
    • Together is the key word in this report on the futures of education. In a time of interdependences, how do we build what makes us part of a common humanity? How should we think about conviviality, a concept coined by Ivan Illich in the 70s? What can, and cannot, education and pedagogy?
    • Dr. António Nóvoa is Professor of Education at the University of Lisbon and Ambassador of Portugal to UNESCO, until November 2021. He served on the International Commission for the Futures of Education.
  • 10:15-11:15am: Student Panel Session 1
  • 11:30am-12:30pm: Student Panel Session 2
  • 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:30-2:45pm: Dr. Noah Sobe: “Co-constructing Futures of Education”
    • Dr. Noah Sobe is Professor of Comparative Education at Loyola University, a UW grad, former president of Comparative and International Education Society, and Senior Project Officer in the Education Research and Foresight programme at UNESCO. Dr. Sobe directed the review process for the report.
  • 3:00-4:00pm: Invited Faculty Panel: Thinking Collectively about Futurity in Education
    • Dr. Nidia Banuelos, Assistant Professor of Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education, UW-Madison
    • Dr. Justin A. Coles, Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education, UMass Amherst
    • Dr. Hailey Love, Assistant Professor or Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, UW-Madison
    • Dr. Matt Villeneuve, Assistant Professor of History and American Indian Studies, UW-Madison
  • 4:00-4:05pm: Closing
  • 4:05-5:00pm: Reunion with Alumni and Emeritus Faculty
    • Current EPS undergraduate and graduate students, undergraduate and graduate alumni of EPS, currently EPS faculty, and emeritus faculty of EPS are invited to join this zoom reunion and reconnect.
    • The graduate planning committee is comprised of Batuhan Aydagul, Moisés G. Contreras, Virginia R. Downing, Khrysta A. Evans, Gabrielle Hernández, Kyoungjin Jang , Jacques Lesure and Emily O. Miller.

The conference will take place in person in the Education Building, WI Idea Room 159, 1000 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706

*Some conference sessions will be broadcast virtually via Zoom.