Master Classes


Take your knowledge to the next level!
The ICSEI 2020 masterclasses provide intensive, hands-on opportunities to discuss and debate ideas, evidence, practices and strategies.

The sessions allow participants not only to learn from leading international experts, but also to bring in their viewpoints, share their experiences and raise questions regarding their own work.

To provide delegates with flexible registration options, the masterclasses run on Monday, January 6 after school visits and Friday January 10 after the closing ceremony.

The following masterclasses are confirmed for ICSEI 2020:

Leading Learning for Well-Being in the
Global North and the Global South

Professor Michael Fullan,
Former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Dr. Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, University of Toronto
Dr. Jean Clinton, McMaster University

January 6, 2020, 2-5 pm


  • The Neuroscience of Learning
  • Building Collaborative Cultures
  • Leading Change
  • Systems Change

Master Class description: Master Class Leadership for System Change at all levels—we will focus on and integrate three domains: The Neuroscience of Learning, System Change in the Global North (especially Ontario, California, and Victoria, BC), and System Change it the Global South (especially, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Uruguay)

Read more about Professor Michael Fullan , Dr. Santiago Rincon-Gallardo and Dr. Jean Clinton

Leading from the Middle:
Rethinking the Best Ways to Change

Professor Andy Hargreaves, ICSEI Past President, University of Ottawa;
Professor Dennis Shirley, Lynch School of Education, Boston College

January 6, 2020, 2-5 pm

Master Class description: Should teachers lead change from the bottom up, so that all can unleash their own greatness? Or should systems lead change from the top down to ensure consistent quality of service and results? Educational reformers have tried both approaches—with repeatedly disappointing results.

This workshop, based on the presenters’ new book, shows there is another way – leading from the middle. Drawing on research with one seventh of the school districts in Ontario, Canada, on networks of rural schools in the US Pacific Northwest, and on leadership of a global movement for change among the ministers and professional leaders of 9 nations and states, Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley will explore how teachers, schools and systems can and should work together to initiate, implement and diffuse change that will benefit as many students and schools as possible.

This interactive Masterclass will explore the limitations of top-down and bottom-up leadership while redefining how leaders can frame and support leadership from the middle. Leading from the Middle is not a level, a tier, or just about middle leaders. It is the heart, the soul, the spine and the guts of inspired and determined improvement. It addresses what teacher leaders, school leaders and system leaders of all kinds can do in simple, practical language to ensure every child gets great teaching every year.

Read more about Professor Andy Hargreaves and Professor Dennis Shirley

Data use for improving Teaching and Learning in Schools in Professional Learning Networks: The Data Team Professional Development Intervention

Dr. Kim Schildkamp, ICSEI President, University of Twente
Dr. Cindy Poortman, ICSEI Professional Learning Networks Network Chair, University of Twente

January 6, 2020, 2-5 pm

Master Class description: Every day, school leaders and teachers are faced with decisions concerning the quality of education.

However, decisions may sometimes be taken too quickly based on anecdotal information and assumptions instead of data from investigation. When data, such as performance data, but also classroom observation data, are used in the decision-making process of school leaders and teachers, this can lead to improved student achievement.

To support schools in the use of data, we developed the so-called data team® procedure. This interactive session will first focus on the concept of data use and its challenges and opportunities. Next, participants will experience being part of a data team and learn the effects of the data team procedure on teacher professional development and student achievement.

Read more about Dr. Kim Schildkamp and Dr. Cindy Poortman

Positive Leadership and School Improvement: Cross Cultural Perspectives

Professor Karen Seashore Louis, University of Minnesota

Dr. Mohammed Elmeski, ICSEI 2020 Co-Chair, American Institutes for Research

January 6, 2020, 2-5 pm

Master Class description: This session will explore the potential for Positive School Leadership (POS) perspectives to contribute to educational scholarship and practice in both the Global South and North. POS is based largely on scholarship carried out in the Global North, and focuses on leadership behaviors that are grounded in particular values and assumptions about adult relationships and their consequences for individual educators and school teams (Murphy & Louis, 2018).     However, articulated and implicit value systems and preferred relationships in work settings are highly variable between countries (Hofstede, 2001). This means that there is a need for “translation” to adjust underlying assumptions into workable options for teacher and leader development in any particular context.

The session leaders will engage participants in adapting “useable theory” to “powerful practice” in different cultural settings.     The session will incorporate an observer/recorder, which will allow the leaders to summarize and distribute session outcomes after the ICSEI program has concluded.

Read more about Dr. Karen Seashore and Dr. Mohammed Elmeski

Using Social and Emotional Learning and Life Skills to Solve the Big (and Small) Global Challenges – Karanga, The Global Alliance for Social and Emotional Learning and Life Skills

Dr. Jennifer Adams, former Director of Education, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (Canada)

Joanne McEachen, CEO of The Learner First (USA/New Zealand)

Loukka Parry, Founder of The Learning Future (Australia)

Morocco January 06, 2020 2-5 pm

Master Class description: The UN SDGs have provided the focus for humanity’s collective work towards 2030. UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has set up the infrastructure to measure and monitor progress towards these goals. What happens in between the phase of identifying the goals and the phase of measuring the attainment of the goals matters. The middle phase is where the work gets done. This learning session will focus on the skills that enable individuals to thrive at work, at home, and in their communities. It will provide participants with an overview of the OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills as well as other current research on future skills frameworks. Participants will explore examples of global trailblazers in the K-12, post-secondary, and business sectors who are supporting their learners (and employees) in developing this broad set of skills. Most importantly, participants will interact with each other, sharing stories of early challenges and successes. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to learn about becoming part of Karanga, the new global alliance aimed at helping the world become a better place.

Read more about Dr. Adams, Joanne McEachen and Loukka Parry

Statistical Analysis in Education and Social Sciences

Dr. Ali Ait Si Mhamed, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education

Dr. Kouider Mokhtari, Anderson-Vukelja-Wright Endowed Professor, the University of Texas at Tyler

Morocco January 9, 2020 5-7 PM

Master Class description: This Master course aims to develop and advance your understanding and skills about quantitative/ statistical research methodology. The purpose of this course is to equip you with introductory knowledge and skills necessary to read and interpret statistical research in social sciences fields and in education more specifically. Through series of examples of educational studies, you will understand how to read the results and interpret them. The course will also give you enough introductory tools to think about how you can develop or improve your own inquiry project on your topic of interest. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Grasp the components involved in the process of statistical research in education.
  2. Understand how to read univariate, bivariate and multivariate quantitative data analysis tables and graphs.
  3. Interpret results in education related analytical samples.

Read more about Dr. Ait Si Mhamed and Professor Mokhtari

Strengthening leadership through a discipline of cohort practice.

Dr. Mark Wolak, BOSS Managing Partner and Founder

Gary Cohen, BOSS Managing Partner and Founder

Dr. Lisa Snyder, BOSS Managing Partner

Dr. Mark Larson, BOSS Managing Partner

Morocco January 9, 2020 5-7 PM

Master Class description: An epistemological mastery of leadership theories leaves you knowing how to be a leader. An ontological mastery of leadership practice leaves you “being” an effective leader. Board of School Superintendents (BOSS), founded in 2010 by Gary Cohen and Mark Wolak, leads the ongoing development of leaders with an ontological approach for leadership and learning. At BOSS, we hold an unwavering focus on leader integrity, authenticity and commitment to something larger than oneself. We have an interest in expanding our knowledge of cohort design to other interested leaders globally, and that’s what the focus of our Master class in ICSEI 2020 will be on.


Mark Wolak is co-founder of Board of School Superintendents and serves as consultant to Sourcewell Technology, a Minnesota company serving education technology needs in North America. He served as superintendent of schools in Mahtomedi Minnesota USA from 2002-2010. Mark has extensive experience as consultant to public sector leaders in strategic thinking and planning, systematic innovation and leadership development.

Gary Cohen is co-founder of Board of School Superintendents and owner of C02 Partners, a Minnesota firm specializing in executive coaching and leadership development. Gary is an experienced CEO with a passion for developing leaders and helping them grow their businesses.

Lisa Snyder served as superintendent of schools for Lakeville Area Schools in Minneapolis area and is recognized for her visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to continuous improvement and transformational leadership. Lisa is a consultant working with BOSS team on strengthening leadership practice. She serves as Executive Director of EdVisions, an organization that promotes personalized learning and teacher empowerment.

Mark Larson Mark served as superintendent of Mahtomedi School District from 2010 to 2018. He has extensive experience as secondary school principal and teacher and is passionate about meeting student needs. He is a consultant working with BOSS team on strengthening leadership practice.

Social and Emotional Learning as the corner stone of education for refugees and migrants – Karanga, The Global Alliance for Social and Emotional Learning and Life Skills and Salzburg Global Seminar

Dominic Regester,
Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

Morocco January 9, 2020 5-7 PM

Dominic Regester

Master Class descriptionAt over 70 million, the global number of forcibly displaced people is at its highest since the end of the Second World War. Over half of all refugees are children and they face massive educational disadvantages. Their lack of access to education hinders not only their own wellbeing and future prospects, but also the future of both their own and host countries.  Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs help refugee and migrant children adapt to their new environments and can help host communities better prepare and adapt to demographic changes. There is also a compelling evidence base that shows how SEL programs help with academic attainment, can reduce bullying in schools and can help with mental health in a wide variety of situations, including in post-traumatic contexts.  This masterclass will build directly on insights developed at Salzburg Global Seminar’s December 2019 Education for Tomorrow’s World program ‘Education and Workforce Opportunities for Refugees and Migrants’ and will help to expand the evidence base for what kind of interventions work best in which contexts. This will be a highly interactive session that will allow participants to share insights and challenges they face. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about becoming part of Karanga, the new global alliance aimed at helping the world become a better place

Read more about Dominic Regester