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Education systems transformation symposium

Collaborative work, local contexts, and false dichotomies

This year’s symposium is at capacity. The opening and closing plenaries will be available by livestream. Sign up to watch them online.

In response to the global crisis in education, thousands of education actors from around the world came together for the Transforming Education Summit during the U.N. General Assembly this past September to discuss systemic issues of equity, inclusion, quality, and relevance. From climate emergencies to the rise of fake news to public health crises, education systems must not only equip the next generation with the skills needed to read, write, and count, but to actively problem-solve and think creatively in today’s rapidly changing world. To help reach Sustainable Development Goal 4, it is essential to transform education systems to meet the needs of today’s learners and deliver a breadth of skills equitably to all children.

The Center for Universal Education (CUE) at Brookings invites you to join us for a symposium on education systems transformation on Friday, February 17 at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. As CUE celebrates its 20th anniversary, the center will launch its new 10-year strategy focusing on systems transformation for holistic education, locally defined priorities, and collaboration in bringing research to practice across education ecosystems. This dynamic event will explore some of the false dichotomies that often characterize education systems transformation—foundational versus holistic learning, local versus global focus, and policy versus practice—and examine the critical role of systems transformation across CUE’s and partners’ diverse work portfolios.

The opening and closing sessions will be livestreamed for remote audiences. Online viewers can submit questions by emailing or using the hashtag #TransformEdu.

The rest of the event will feature interactive in-person sessions and ample networking time as we work and learn together about transforming systems. Breakout workshops will explore connections between system transformation and core research priorities: gender-transformative education, family and school collaboration, scaling interventions, and cost and real-time data for outcomes. Roundtable sessions will unpack emerging areas of study including artificial intelligence and the future of education, innovative pedagogies, and climate education. The closing session will feature an important announcement about how local civil society organizations can join CUE in co-designing a research agenda for systems transformation—and the requirements and benefits of doing so.

Brookings requires all staff and visitors to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 via vaccines approved by the FDA or WHO. After submitting your registration, please proceed to the provided link on the confirmation page to complete the registration process by verifying your vaccination information.


First connection

Coffee, light refreshments, and networking

Opening plenary session

Whys and hows of education system transformation

Systems transformation world café discussions

Coffee break

Concurrent workshops

CUE and partners will lead interactive sessions focused on areas of ongoing research related to systems transformation

  • Workshop 1 on data for outcomes: Cost and real-time data in education and early childhood
  • Workshop 2 on transformative family, school, and community engagement: Building trust through intentional conversations
  • Workshop 3 on Millions Learning: The past, present, and future of scaling
  • Workshop 4 on gender-transformative education: Collective power, knowledge, and “agency”


Concurrent roundtable discussions

A moderator will facilitate a discussion among attendees about critical research areas for CUE and the sector in a rapidly changing world

  • Roundtable 1 on innovative pedagogy: Its role in scaling quality education and transforming systems
  • Roundtable 2 on the future of AI and education: The metaverse, ChatGBT, and beyond
  • Roundtable 3 on climate-smart education: What does it look like and how to get there?

Coffee break

Closing plenary panel

The role of civil society organizations in education systems transformation


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