previous and upcoming events

What Lies Ahead? A Look into the Futures of Education

December 11,

NISSEM and Teachers College, Columbia University co-organised two webinars in December 2020 and January 2021 on "Civic Responsibility, Textbooks and Pedagogy in a Time of Rapid Change. The presentations featured the authors of three related background papers commissioned by UNESCO's Futures of Education Commission. In the first session, NISSEM co-conveners Aaron Benavot and Andy Smart joined Helen Haste (University of Bath), Vidur Chopra (Teachers' College) and Michele Schweisfurth (University of Glasgow), while in the second session, James Williams (George Washington University) contributed to the NISSEM presentation on textbooks and pedagogy. Both webinars were moderated by Noah Sobe of UNESCO and Loyola University.

Offering their reactions to the pressing issues and innovative ideas brought to light by the presenters were  Mohammad Mahboob Morshed of the BRAC Institute of Educational Development (11 December) and Enrique Chaux, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (7 January). 

You are invited to watch full recordings of the two webinars On the Futures of Education: Civic Responsibility, Pegagogy and Textbooks on the NISSEM YouTube channel. The links below will take you there:

Session 1: December 11, 2020

Session 2: January 7, 2021



NISSEM contributes to UNESCO 'Futures of Education' global initiative

August 01,

NISSEM was selected by UNESCO to write one of 20 background papers that informs a global report by the Futures of Education Commission. Led by the President of Ethiopia, Her Excellency President Sahle-Work Zewde, the Commission looked to “reimagine how knowledge and learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet”. The Futures of Education: Learning to Become report will lay out an agenda for education policy dialogue and action at multiple levels. Watch the Futures of Education video here.

The background paper has been published by UNESCO and will be acknowledged in the final Futures of Education: Learning to Become report to be published in November 2021. In addition, NISSEM organized webinars with the Teacher's College and UNESCO around this paper and two others. 

You can find NISSEM's paper HERE.

Smart, A.T., Sinclair, M., Benavot, A., Bernard, J., Chabbott, C., Russell, S. G.and Williams, J. 2020. Learning for uncertain futures: The role of textbooks, curriculum, and pedagogy. Paper commissioned for the UNESCO Futures of Education report (2020).


NISSEM Global Briefs introduced at 2019 Global Conference on Teacher Education for ESD at Okayama University, Japan

November 22, to November 24,

During the proceedings of the 2019 Global Conference on Teacher Education for Education for Sustainable Development attended by some 150 teacher educators from around the world, NISSEM co-convener Aaron Benavot gave a presentation entitled “Integrating cognitive, social/emotional and behavioral learning in the teaching of education for sustainability and global citizenship: Recent findings and insights.” He used this occasion to report key findings from the new UNESCO publication “Educational Content Up Close” to which NISSEM provided critical inputs, as well as an overview of the NISSEM Global Briefs. Watch a video of Dr. Benavot's presentation here.








NISSEM Global Briefs presented at University College London's Institute of Education

January 08,

On 8 January 2020, Margaret Sinclair, Matthew Jukes (RTI) and Andy Smart presented NISSEM Global Briefs within a Centre for Education and International Development seminar at University College London's Institute of Education. Discussants were Juliet Millican (Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex), Rae Snape (headteacher, Milton Road Primary School, Cambridge) and Sébastien Hine (consultant, former contributor to GEM Report 2019). NISSEM's profile in the UK continues to grow.








NISSEM draws attention to SEL and SDG 4.7 in textbooks at Salzburg Global Seminar

December 08, to December 12,

NISSEM co-convenor Margaret Sinclair spoke at a recent Salzburg Global Seminar (8-12 December) on the importance of reflecting SEL and its application to SDG 4.7 themes in textbooks and education materials, both in terms of content and embedded pedagogy.


Panel discussion on social-emotional learning at RTI International, Washington DC

December 09,

RTI International and NISSEM hosted a lively panel discussion examining recent donor policies on SEL and the NISSEM Global Briefs. Panelists included representatives from the donor community, authors of several of the briefs and experts from current programs, each of whom discussed their experiences and lessons learned from implementing SEL in early grade reading activities, crisis and conflict areas, and low-resource settings. 


Presentation and discussion of NISSEM Global Briefs at World Bank headquarters

October 02,

Jean Bernard, Colette Chabbott, S. Garnett Russell, Margaret Sinclair, Andy Smart and James Williams presented.






NISSEM Global Briefs Launch at Creative Associates, October 1 2019

October 01,

Creative Associates International hosted a launch of NISSEM Global Briefs at its Washington, D.C. headquarters. Speakers included Global Briefs contributors Susan Hirsch-Ayari of Creative Associates and Paul Frank of SIL LEAD alongside Jean Bernard, Colette Chabbott, Margaret Sinclair and Andy Smart from NISSEM. The full October 1 presentation can be viewed here.

                                          Image of Margaret Sinclair presenting at Creative Associates event



4th International Conference on GCED: Pedagogy and Practice, Seoul, 3-4 September 2019

September 05,

On 4 September 2019, NISSEM co-convener Andy Smart gave the NISSEM Global Briefs its first public outing at this event attended by over 1,000 registered guests. On the stage with Andy Smart are (left to right) Jane Nyaga, assistant director, Curriculum and Research Services Department, Secondary Education Division, Social Sciences Section of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD); Dr. Jayanthi Gunasekera, director general of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Sri Lanka; and Nader Hadifeh, advisor to the minister of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) in Lebanon.