Global Education Systems Face Major Challenges Given Changing Landscape According to OECD’s Lead on Their New Report

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CMRubinWorld’s new interview with Montserrat Gomendio, lead on the OECD’s new report, School Leadership for Learning: Insights from TALIS 2013.

Launched today, the OECD’s new report, School Leadership for Learning: Insights from Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2013, specifically looks at different approaches to school leadership and its impact on professional learning communities and on the learning environment in schools. The findings are representative of 5 million teachers in 34 countries.

Montserrat Gomendio, Deputy Director for Education and Skills, OECD since March 2016, says technological change demands that students acquire more and new skills. “School leadership and teacher quality are the two key factors that determine the quality of learning environments and the performance of children,” says Montserrat Gomendio in her interview with CMRubinWorld founder, C. M. Rubin. "Education systems face the huge challenge of adapting to a changing landscape in which the rapid pace of knowledge generation and technological change demand that students acquire more and new skills. The acquisition of knowledge is no longer restricted to an established body of knowledge. It requires learning throughout life integrating many sources of information and becoming a critical thinker.”

The new report outlines four specific types of principals, namely "Integrated," "Inclusive," "Educational," and "Administrative". It examines how these leadership types relate to the establishment of professional learning communities and can enhance student learning. Instructional leadership (practices that involve the planning, evaluation and improvement of teaching and learning) and distributed leadership (a reflection of leadership being shown by the principal, but also of others acting as leaders in school) are seen as conducive to student learning. According to Gomendio, one of the most encouraging findings from the study is that most principals claim they ensure teachers take responsibility for student learning outcomes.

“Principals need to show the way in this uncertain world," says Gomendio, “thus, their responsibility is greater than ever.”

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