Empowering youth through quality education: accomplishments, challenges, and areas for closer collaboration between the Global North and South
Chair: Karen Seashore Louis
- Rahma Bourqiya: Director of Evaluation at the High Council for Education and Training
- Dean Aida Sagintayeva Ph.D: Dean of the College of Education at Nazarbayev University: Kazakhstan and Central Asia
- Darleen V. Opfer, Ph.D: Vice President and Director, RAND Education and Labor
Professor Karen Seashore
Karen Seashore is Regents Professor; Robert Holmes Beck Chair of Ideas in Education at the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Her research centers on school improvement and reform, school effectiveness, leadership in school settings, and the politics of knowledge use in education. Current projects include research-practice collaboration and the application of positive psychology to larger social settings. Her most recent book “Positive School Leadership” co-authored with Joseph F Murphy (2018) draws on the strengths of relationships among staff and the broader school community to communicate and instill shared values and a common mission.
Professor Rahma Bourqia
Professor Bourqia is the Director of National Evaluation Authority in the Higher Council of Education training and research in Morocco. Professor Bourqia defended a brilliant doctoral dissertation on state and rural society at the University of Manchester. The quality of her doctorate earned her the Malcolm Kerr Award for Best Doctoral Thesis in 1988. In 2002, she became the first woman to become president of a Moroccan university, Hassan II-Mohammadia University. She is also the first woman to join the Academy of Sciences of the Kingdom of Morocco. She played an active role in the major reforms of education, higher education.
Her works on the state, political power, women and societies of the Maghreb are authoritative in the Arab-Muslim world. She has been an invited lecturer or presenter at research activities at universities in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. She was recognized with an honorary degree honoris causa from Indiana State university in USA in 2006, from Liege University Belgium and from Université Paris Ouest Nanterre in Paris France in 2010.
Professor Aida Sagintayeva
Professor Aida Sagintayeva is the the Dean of Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, Kazakhstan. Prior to joining to the Graduate School of Education, Dr. Sagintayeva served as Vice-Rector for International Cooperation at Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana. She has administered the Center for International Programs (International Presidential Scholarship ‘Bolashak’). Dr. Sagintayeva has been involved in educational research projects of the Ministry of Education and Science on shifting Kazakhstan’s higher education system towards the European three-tiered degree system. She has coordinated a ministerial initiative focused on Western-styled PhD programs in Kazakhstan and is the founding President of the Kazakhstan Educational Research Association. Aida’s research interests include internationalization of higher education, comparative education and higher education governance. She has authored and co-authored scholarly publications in the fields of higher education governance, internationalization of higher education, and education policy.
Professor Darleen V. Opfer
Darleen Opfer is vice president and director of RAND Education and Labor and holds the Distinguished Chair in Education Policy at the RAND Corporation. She was director of research and senior lecturer in research methods and school improvement at the University of Cambridge’s (England) Faculty of Education. Professor Opfer has conducted policy research studies for several local, state, and national governments on issues that affect teachers and schools, including recruitment and retention, professional development, and impact of policies on teacher practice. Professor Opfer served as an advisor to the National Council for Education Research and Training, India. She also served as a consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development, working on the Increased Access to Quality Education and Training Initiative in South Africa. Opfer is the author of numerous books, reports, and journal articles and has presented to practitioners, researchers, and policymakers worldwide. Opfer holds a Ph.D. in education policy studies from the University of Virginia and B.A. in education from Stetson University.