34th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement

Important Announcement Re ICSEI 2021

In view of the unprecedented global impact of COVID-19, the ICSEI Board and the local ICSEI 2021 New Zealand organizing team have decided that the scheduled face-to-face annual ICSEI Congress will not take place in Auckland, NZ, in January 2021. 

This decision has not been taken lightly. There is no doubt that COVID-19 is affecting the personal and professional lives of everyone, including our ICSEI community. The ICSEI board is responsible to all ICSEI members and possible conference attendees in terms of safeguarding everyone’s health. The decision not to have our annual congress in January 2021 in New Zealand therefore has been taken out of support, empathy, and care for our members, presenters and participants.

The ICSEI Board is committed to working in partnership with our members and wider community to develop other paths and platforms to strengthen and diversify how we connect with one another, so we can all work together on improving the quality and equity of education for everyone. At a time when we must be physically separate, it is even more important that we are a socially and educationally connected community in innovative ways. More information on this will follow in due course.

Nau mai, haere mai, welcome.

The University of Auckland, together with our New Zealand Ministry of Education partners are delighted to be hosting the 34th International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand in 2021.

Our congress is guided by the following whakatuakī, or Māori proverb:

Whiria te kaha tūātinitini, whiria te kaha tūāmanomano

This whakataukī (proverb) acknowledges the multiple ways people are connected and how these relationships provide impetus for collaborative action.

Key Dates

Please note that the Call for Proposals has been suspended.

  • March 2020 – Call for proposals
  • 1 June 2020 – Proposals submission deadline
  • June 2020 – Registration opens
  • 15 July  2020 – Notification of successful proposals
  • 5 December 2020 – Registration closes
  • Wednesday 20th January 2021 – Pre-conference events
  • Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th January 2021 – main conference
  • Monday 25th January 2021 – Post-conference events / visits

Your Hosts

ICSEI 2021 is hosted by The Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland in partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

The local organising team is led by Associate Professors Claire Sinnema, Mei Lai, and Fiona Ell.

The Context for the Congress

This congress takes place in Aotearoa, New Zealand where the Treaty of Waitangi is the founding document – the agreement that underpins relationships between Māori and the Crown.  The Treaty principles of participation, partnership and protection frame how we think about education provision. Our education approaches draw on both Kaupapa Māori and Western knowledges and perspectives. Our national curriculum articulates the vision that every child and young person is entitled to: the opportunity to become confident in their language, culture and identity; enjoy a sense of wellbeing and be resilient and optimistic about the future; be a successful lifelong learner; and participate and contribute in a range of cultural, local, national and global contexts.

Mairangatia te angitu mā te mahi ngātahi: Ngā pūnaha ka ako, ka tupu hoki

Better Together:  Systems That Learn and Grow