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Oct. 19, 2006 • Volume 15 Number 4

BC to Host World Education Summit

A major conference co-sponsored by Boston College next month will bring together education leaders and advocates from around the world to discuss ways to improve and sustain student achievement and school quality.

Some 400 teachers, administrators, parents, students, researchers, policymakers, union leaders and other school affiliates are expected to attend "Leadership for Sustainable Innovation: The Third International Summit and iNet Conference for Leadership in Education," which will take place Nov. 2-4 at BC and the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston.

The event includes presentations and interactive sessions provided by leading international researchers and practitioners. The kickoff keynote session on technology, education and the future will be held at Robsham Theater at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 2, with the remaining sessions at the Omni Parker House Hotel.

BC's Lynch School of Education is sponsoring the conference along with the Boston Public Schools and iNet, the international arm of Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, a support organization for secondary education in England.

"This conference brings together people from around the world, in policy, practice and research, to discuss how to raise achievement and improve as well as transform the quality of students' learning in our schools," said summit chair Brennan Professor of Education Andrew Hargreaves, who will deliver a keynote address at the event.

Other BC representatives appearing at the event will include Lynch School Dean Joseph O'Keefe, SJ, professors Robert J. Starratt, Dennis Shirley and Diana Pullin, Research Prof. Irwin Blumer and Director of Practicum Experiences and Teacher Induction Carol Pelletier.

Session topics will include the future of education technology, diversity, how schools can be innovative in a climate of standardization, leading a strategically focused school, improving student achievement, high-stakes accountability in education, and school reform, among others.

For more information, see the conference Web site at www.ssat-inet.net/Default.aspx?page=160.

-Public Affairs Staff

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