Conference "Trends in Education Development: Management Problems"
The first conference "Trends in Education Development: Management Problems" was held between the 15-16th of February, 2004. 130 people from 9 countries took part in it. The main questions submitted for discussion included: what are the prospective attractions for consumers in the processes of management of educational systems of educational service on the level of the federation, region, and educational institutions, to what degree can the new forms of controlling the level of scholastic achievements of young students (international research, Unified State Examination, etc.) influence changes in the management of educational systems, what changes in management of education are required by a reorientation of the educational system to work in the logic of the competence-based approach, how such innovations as the high profile school, the Unified State Examination, the new financial mechanism can be reflected in system management, and how does the management of education change after implementing the network approach?
The second international scientific conference "Trends in Education Development: Problems of Region Education System Management" took place in 2005 during the 13th – 14th of February in Moscow. 153 individuals participated. The following questions were central: what are the main features of perspective education management models in the region? To what degree can the realization of experiments concerned with controlling the level of school students’ educational achievements, the design of the national monitoring system of education quality, affect change in the management of educational systems? What influence have such innovations as the high profile school, the Unified State Examination, the new financial mechanism had or continue to have on the system of educational management? How does the management of education in the region change after implementing the network approach? How does the federal educational policy in the region refract: what happens "on the joint" of two policies? Advantages and disadvantages of integrating Russian higher education into arena of world educational or how will the Bologna Process be able to help Russian universities?
The third international scientific conference "Trends in Education Development: Problems of Modern School Management " was held in Moscow during the 17th – 18th of February, 2006. The number of participants increased to 214. During discussions the following questions were raised: what are the main features of perspective models of modern school management, what is changing in modern schools, and to what degree can the realization of large-scale experiments concerned with controlling the level of educational achievements (first of all – the Unified State Examination) and the design of the national education quality monitoring system (including international comparative research) affect the organization of the educational process and the management system of schools? Other questions raised included what influence such innovations as the senior high profile school, the Unified State Examination, the new financial mechanism have had and/or can have on the system of school management and how does the management of school change under the influence of the network approach and remote education forms?
The fourth conference "Grant Competitions as Means of Education Development" was held during the 16th-17th of February, 2007 in Moscow. There were 245 participants. The conference was concerned with competitions of educational institutions and universities which introduce innovative educational programs under the national project “Education” and with competitions which have taken place within the framework of “Education System Reform” and “Education System Informatization” projects, which are realized by the National Fund of Training with the support of the World Bank of Reconstruction and Development. Interest was also raised in discussing of experience of carrying out grant competitions concerned with the subjects such as the Federation and municipalities.
The fifth conference "Trends in Education Development: Are New Teachers Coming to School? " took place during the 15th- 16th of February, 2008 in Moscow. The number of participants was 277. This time, the following questions connected with problems of preparing and retraining personnel for modern school were discussed: the portrait of the teacher of modern school or about new qualifications; with what are the changes of requirements for the teacher in modern school connected, to what degree can the implementation of large-scale projects (first of all the national project "Education System Informatization") and the design of the national education quality monitoring system (including the international comparative researches) affect the activity of a teacher and school administration, what changes are necessary in the system of preparation for pedagogical personnel, what should the new models of professional development of teachers and educational system managers be like, how does the school management concerned with changes in the preparation, professional development and retraining of pedagogical personnel change? G.A.Balykhin, E.D.Dneprov, N.M.Rozina, A.N.Tikhonov, etc. took part in the discussions.
The sixth conference was entitled "Trends in Education Development: 20 years of Reforms, What Is Next?" (Moscow, February 13th-15th, 2009) and was attended by 312 participants. Representatives of 12 countries, including Australia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Great Britain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, the USA, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and also 34 regions of the Russian Federation, took part in the conference.
Conferences were conducted with the assistance of the state-established “Advanced School of Economics and the Russian Public Council on the Development of Education”, and also with support of the Department of Educational Policy of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. The information sponsor of conference was the “Sentyabr” publishing firm: the “Headmaster” magazine and the “Head of Education Management Magazine”.
The conference was devoted to the analysis of changes in the system of Russian education which have occurred over the last 20 years (from the Congress of employees of the USSR national education, which can be considered the official "start" of educational reforms).
Participants of the conference discussed the following questions:
• Which dreams of the romantics of perestroika (members of temporary scientific research circle–"Shkola") were realized?
• How did the priorities of a family, society and the state change, what requirements are imposed today to the education system?
• Why was much of what was planned not able to be realized?
• Which intrinsic changes to the education system weren't planned, but occurred?
• What lessons of the past reforms should be considered when designing future modifications?