The goal of the congress - entitled "From school administration to classroom leadership in educational organizations" - is to open a space for reflection, systematising and discussing experiences and the progress of scientific knowledge regarding problems in educational leadership. Its multi-sector focus will look at the context of the diverse policies, approaches and levels of development at educational organizations in Ibero-America.
Organized by Fundación Chile, the Pontificia Universidad Católica, Universidad de Chile and Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez, the Ibero-American Congress on Educational Leadership will include participation by Chile's Ministry of Education, international organizations, education faculties from Latin America and Spain, non-governmental organizations, research centres, unions and more.
The relevance of Educational Leadership is rooted in the fact that international literature has positioned it as a key factor in educational achievement, after teacher quality. This is why the congress has proposed addressing the issue from an inclusive and scientific perspective at several levels, including:
• Training to develop educational leadership capacities
• Perspectives on educational leadership at different levels of the educational system
• Leadership and quality evaluations at educational centres and training programmes.
The gathering will consist of discussion panels and presentations. One of the central lectures will be given by Alfredo Rojas, coordinator of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago's Educational Leadership Network, who will discuss the contribution that the Santiago School of Thought has made toward UNESCO's approach to educational leadership. This line of thinking, developed in Chile and widely circulated throughout the world, is based in the works of Rafael Echeverría, Humberto Maturana and Fernando Flores in issues such as the ontology of language and the biology of knowledge.
Other prominent international speakers will take part including María José Fernández Díaz, dean of the Faculty of Education at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Ramón Pérez from the Department of Teaching and Educational Organization at the Universidad de Oveido; Wagner Bandeira from Brazil's Universidad Federal de Ceará; José Antonio López from the Universidad de Las Américas in Puebla, Mexico; Mario Olmos, International Coordinator at the IUS-EDUCACIÓN network; Peru's Roberto Barrientos with a Masters in Evaluation Processes and Self-Analysis from Italy's Universidad de Florencia; and Pilar Pozner, international consultant in Educational Administration, from Argentina.
Several Chilean specialists will also be present including José Joaquín Brunner, director of the Centre for Comparative Policies in Education at the Universidad Diego Portales; Ernesto Schiefelbein, a director of the board at the Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez and winner of the National Education Award; and Sebastián Donoso, director of the Institute for Educational Research and Development at the Universidad de Talca, among others.
Registration to participate in the First Ibero-American Congress on Educational Leadership is now open and is designed for school authorities, educational administrators, politicians, academics, professional consultants in educational organization and management, undergraduate and graduate students or those in continuing education and others related to formation at Educational Centres.
Enlaces de interés
• Congress web site (in Spanish)
• School Authorities and Leadership Programme (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago)
• "Building Moral Authority from the Classroom" Course