19th UNESCO-APEID International Conference


Effective School Leadership for the 21st Century: Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals

School leaders have an impact on the entire school system. They are expected to lead in achieving the school performance targets, enhance the school’s reputation, address a diverse range of administrative and academic concerns, ensure a conducive learning environment, and deal with partners and education authorities. Often serving as the links that connect external development and demands with internal school processes and outcomes, school leaders can be highly stressed and overburdened. With limited resources, they face serious challenges in meeting their school’s educational goals.

What does it take to be a successful school leader? A number of studies and frameworks have pointed out a combination of elements that contribute to successful school leadership, including high expectations, shared/distributed leadership, core leadership practices, pragmatic and contextualized approaches, continuous learning, instructional leadership, innovation, collaboration, stakeholder engagement, among others. Other studies underscored the need for school leaders to develop socio-emotional competencies, including self-awareness, empathy, trust and respect, and resilience in order to effectively influence change and cultivate commitment within the school.

Recognizing that school leadership is a priority and school leaders need sustained support to enable them to do their job more effectively, the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) has implemented several projects that address this need. For example, the Korean Funds-in-Trust Preparing Teachers for Global Citizenship Education (GCED) project aims to strengthen the capacity of school leaders to support and implement GCED in their institutions. Similarly, under the UNESCO-HNA Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education, the Enhancing Girls’ and Women’s Right to Quality Education through Gender Sensitive Policy Making, Teacher Development and Pedagogy in South, Southeast and Central Asia project plans to enhance female school leadership to create a more gender-responsive and gender-friendly learning environment.

It is within this context that UNESCO Bangkok is organizing the 19th UNESCO-APEID International Conference, Effective School Leadership for the 21st Century: Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals, to facilitate discussions about school leadership in contributing to the SDGs. The specific objectives of the Conference are to:

  • Increase understanding of school leaders’ roles, responsibilities, and challenges in the 21st century;
  • Showcase innovative school leadership programmes and practices in improving the quality of education;
  • Foster effective assessment, monitoring and evaluation of school leadership; and
  • Facilitate collaboration and networking to support quality school leadership.

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Please register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/19apeidconf, or contact UNESCO Bangkok at apeidconf@unesco.org for further information.