At the June 2013 International Symposium on Educational Reform (ISER) in Finland, Dr. Christine Mason, CEI director, met with Dr. Lea Kuusilehto-Awale and Dr. Seppo Pulkkinen of the University of JyvÃ¤skylÃ¤ in Finland, and Dr. Kamran Namdar of MÃ¤lardalen University in Sweden and outlined first steps.
Dr. Mason and Dr. Namdar were both ISER keynote speakers. ISER’s purpose is to examine educational reform from a global perspective, discuss common issues facing educational leaders, and promote international understanding. Dr. Mason presented a keynote on ‘Heart Centered Education and Leadership.” Dr. Namdar presented a keynote about how many schools’ short-sighted focus on academic achievement fails these schools’ potential to build a better world.
The next steps Dr. Mason, Dr. Kuusilehto-Awale, Dr. Pulkkinen, and Dr. Namdar set were:
Define the need and vision without constraints: the need comes from dreams
Share ideas and possible routes with like-minded people
Keep it in our consciousness and keep communicating
Understand the need to build credibility (research) and supports
Explore options for collaboration
CEI is contributing to and guiding the vision. Our unique contribution involves assuring that building-level leadership is engaged in all steps of the process.