How can public schools educate whole students? Lessons from the Harvard Global Education Innovation Initiative

10th June 2019 : 13:00 - 14:00

Category: Lecture

Speaker: Fernando Reimers (The Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education, Harvard University)

Location: Seminar Room G/H, Department of Education

Convener: Maia Chankseliani

In this presentation, Professor Fernando Reimers will draw on the research findings of the Global Education Innovation Initiative focusing on how teacher professional development prepares teachers to cultivate cognitive and socio-emotional skills on their students.

These findings are the subject of the recently published book Preparing Teachers to Educate Whole Students, a cross-national comparative study examining teacher professional development programs in Chile, China, Colombia, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United States.  The Global Education Innovation Initiative (GEII) is a research and practice collaborative Professor Reimers leads with the aim of strengthening public education, so schools can better prepare students with the competencies necessary to participate, civically and economically, in societies which are rapidly changing as a result of technological advancements and of globalization.

Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters Program at Harvard University. An expert in the field of Global Education, his research and teaching focus on understanding how to educate children and youth so they can thrive in the 21st century.


In 2019, the University of Oxford’s Department of Education celebrates the 100th year since the passing of a statute creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. To celebrate our centenary a year-long series of activities will be delivered to address some of the department’s top initiatives for 2019, answer some of the big questions facing education today and to reveal the advancements the department has made to the study of and research in the field of education. Join us as we mark our 100th year and discover more about our anniversary here.

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