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Marino Institute of Education hosts global master classes focused on school effectiveness international perspectives and approaches

Trinity’s School of Education and the Marino Institute of Education (MIE) are this week hosting more than 500 delegates attending the 37th International Congress on School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) taking place from 8-12 January in Dublin.

The conference has welcomed delegates from 42 countries for a series of events.

The conference programme focuses on strategies to support and enhance the functioning of schools. It will explore international perspectives on the role and impact of quality professional education in the context of school effectiveness and improvement.

The theme recognises and celebrates the complementarity and synergy between initial teacher education and continuing professional development for teachers and school leaders.

Throughout the week-long programme of events leading experts in educational policy, school effectiveness, and leadership will share ideas on how schools can be optimised to serve the needs of students, communities and society.   The pre-conference sessions began on Monday where world leaders in the field of educational research provides a range of master classes at MIE. Prof Andy Hargreaves and Prof Dennis Shirley began the day with a session titled, ‘The Age of Identity: Who Do Our Kids Think They Are…and How Can We Help Them Belong?’, followed by a workshop on Data informed Decision Making hosted by Prof Cindy Poortman and Prof Kim Schildkamp. In the afternoon there were three further masterclasses hosted by Andy Hargreaves and  Prof Danette ParsleyProf Kathryn Riley and Prof Karen Seashore and Prof Mohammed Elmeski. More than two hundred participants attended these sessions.

Marino President Prof. Teresa O’Doherty said:

“We were delighted to welcome such an impressive gathering of education experts to our Marino campus. These master classes gave an opportunity for hands-on open discussion, debate and idea sharing for future prosperity. We look forward to growing collaboration with our international colleagues.”

Referring to the conference more broadly, Conference co-chair Prof. Damian Murchan said: 

“The conference will provide a rich opportunity for the interchange of ideas between Irish-based researchers, policymakers and practitioners and their colleagues in other jurisdictions. I hope that this congress will provide enduring opportunities for stronger international collaboration in these important areas.”

Further data in relation to the conference is available here.  



(L-R) Prof. Jim Spillane - President of ICSEI, Prof. Teresa O Doherty - President of Marino Institute of Education, Prof. Emer Smyth - The Economic and Social Research Institute (Keynote Speaker), Prof. Damian Murchan - School of Education, Trinity College Dublin.