Fernando M. Reimers


Fernando M. Reimers
Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice of International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of the International Education Policy Masters Program at Harvard University.

Bio and Research Interest

Fernando M. Reimers studies and teaches about innovative education policies and programs that help students develop competencies necessary for civic participation, work and life in the twenty first century. He works also in the area of global citizenship education and in how to align education policies with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Lauren Resnick


Lauren Resnick
Distinguished University Professor and Co-Director, Institute for Learning,
University of Pittsburgh

Bio and Research Interest

Professor Lauren Resnick has served on the faculty of the University of Pittsburg since 1966, rising through the ranks from Assistant Professor to Distinguished University Professor. Along the way she has published extensively and garnered an impressive set of awards and honors. She served as President of the American Educational Research Association in 1986-87. The received the E. L. Thorndike Award from the American Psychological Association in 1998 and the Walker Foundation Distinguished Lecture Award in 2009. In 2013 she was elected to membership in the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research interests include learning and development, scientific understanding in children, and socially shared cognition.

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Roger Säljö


Roger Säljö
Professor, University of Gothenberg

Bio and Research Interest

Roger Säljö is a professor at the University of Gothenberg (Sweden).  Since 2006 he has served as the Director of the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS), a national center of excellence funded by the Swedish Research Council. In recent years, he has worked extensively with issues that concern how the so-called new technologies transform human learning practices inside and outside formal schooling. In this field, he has been responsible for the national research program, LearnIT, funded by the Knowledge Foundation.  He is is one of the founding editors of the journal Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. 

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Sylvia Schmelkes


Sylvia Schmelkes

Bio and Research Interest

Sylvia Schmelkes is a Mexican sociologist and education researcher who currently is serving as the director of the Mexican National Institute of Educational Evaluation (INEE).  She studied sociology at the Ibero-American University in Mexico City and obtained a Master's degree in Education Research by the same institution.  She is best known for her work in intercultural education and her book Toward Better Quality of our Schools. She has written more than 100 academic texts and essays. She is a former General Coordinator of Intercultural and Bilingual Education at the Secretariat of Public Education in Mexico.  In 2008 she received the Comenius Medal from UNESCO for her career as a researcher. Other awards include Ibero-American University’s Tlamatini award in 2003 and the Maria Lavalle Urbina award in 1998.  Her research interests include intercultural bilingual education, values, education and adult learning.  

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Wolfgang Schneider


Dr. Wolfgang Schneider
Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg

Bio and Research Interest

Wolfgang Schneider is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Würzburg, Germany. He received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Heidelberg in 1979. His research interests include the development of memory and metacognition, giftedness and expertise, the development of reading and spelling, as well as the prevention of reading and math difficulties. He was Vice-president and President of the German Psychological Society (2000-2004), and also Vice-president of the University of Würzburg (2004-2009). He is author and (co-) editor of about 50 books, including a volume on “Memory Development from Early Childhood through Emerging Adulthood” (2015), and (co-)authored more than 500 journal articles and book chapters.  Schneider was President of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) from 2010 to 2012. He is a member of the Leopoldina (German Academy of Natural Sciences).  

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William Schmidt


William Schmidt

Bio and Research Interest

William H. Schmidt is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and director of the Center for the Study of Curriculum Policy. He holds faculty appointments in Statistics and Education. Previously he served as National Research Coordinator and Executive Director of the US National Center which oversaw participation of the United States in the IEA sponsored Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).  He has published in numerous journals including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Education Researcher, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, American Affairs Journal, Journal of Educational Statistics, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal of Curriculum Studies, and the Journal of Educational Measurement. He has co-authored ten books including Why Schools Matter, Inequality for All, and Schooling Across the Globe: What We Have Learned from Sixty Years of Mathematics and Science International Assessments

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William H. Schubert


William H. Schubert
Professor Emeritus of Curriculum & Instruction, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Interest

William H. Schubert retired in 2011 from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he was a faculty member since 1975. Before his university work he was an elementary school teacher in Downers Grove, Illinois from 1967-1975. Schubert received his Bachelor’s Degree from Manchester College, a Master of Science in Philosophy of Education from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his 36 years at UIC, he held positions of Chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Director of Graduate Studies, Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program in Curriculum Studies, Coordinator of the M.Ed. in Educational Studies, among others. At UIC, Schubert received the College of Education Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award, the University Excellence in Teaching Award, the University Graduate Mentoring Award, and the Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award. He has published 17 books, 200 articles and chapters, several poems, has made over 250 presentations at scholarly and professional organizations, chaired over 60 Ph.D. dissertations and served on committees for over 100 others. In 2005, he was designated as a University Scholar at UIC. Schubert’s primary scholarly interests are curriculum history, theory, inquiry, and development in both school and non-school contexts. In this work he developed ideas such as the synoptic curriculum text, the speculative essay, curriculum genealogies, teacher lore, and fictionalized autobiographies in curriculum studies. During the past decade he has focused especially on education that has emerged in resistance to forces of conquest and colonialism (past and present) in the United States and in diverse countries and cultures. Additionally, based on his interest in teacher lore and in the biographical and autobiographical work of professors of education, he is also writing stories of educational experience as a window to theory and praxis.

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Tina Seidel


Tina Seidel

Friedl Schöller Endowed Chair of Teaching and Learning Research
Technische Universität München

Bio and Research Interest

After studying psychology at the University of Regensburg and Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee), Professor Seidel was awarded a doctorate at the Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) in Kiel in 2002. She was appointed to the position of junior professor of teaching research in 2003. Prior to assuming the position of professor at TUM, she was a visiting professor at Stanford University (2005-2006) and held the Chair of Educational Psychology at the University of Jena (2007-2009). Professor Seidel is a member of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction and the American Educational Research Association. She has been a member of the Research Committee of the German University Rectors’ Conference since 2009.

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Richard J. Shavelson


Richard J. Shavelson
Emeritus Professor

Bio and Research Interest

Shavelson is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education (Emeritus), Professor of Psychology (Emeritus), I. James Quillen Dean of the Graduate School of Education (Emeritus) and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment (Emeritus) at Stanford University. His research spans basic psychometric research to measurement of learning, affect and performance to policy. The work includes accountability in higher education (assessment of undergraduates’ learning and college value added), assessment of science achievement, enhancement of women’s and minorities’ performance in organic chemistry, and the role of mental models of climate change on sustainability decisions and behavior.  Other work includes studies of the impact of computer cognitive training on working memory, fluid intelligence and science achievement.

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Crain Soudien


Crain Soudien
Chief Executive Officer, Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa)

Bio and Research Interest

Professor Crain Soudien is the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Sciences Research Council and formerly a Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town. He is a joint professor in Education and African Studies. He has published over 190 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture. He is also the co-editor of three books. He was educated at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo

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