Recent innovation in education has been random and mostly directed to the ‘how’ of it- how to make learning more joyful and how to teach content in more effective ways utilizing different faculties of a child as gateways to learning. What education has not focused on are the goals to which the current system should be geared and why. The Ed Leadership International Roundtable Conference on Global Trends and Innovations in Education focuses on this ‘why’ and is a forum to network and share resourceful ideas with international experts and fellow practitioners.

The 6th Ed Leadership International Roundtable Conference, held from December 19th – 21st, at the CMS World Unity Convention Centre, Lucknow, Recent innovation in education has been random and mostly directed to the ‘how’ of it- how to make learning more joyful and how to teach content in more effective ways utilizing different faculties of a child as gateways to learning. What education has not focused on are the goals to which the current system should be geared and why. The Ed Leadership International Roundtable Conference on Global Trends and Innovations in Education focuses on this ‘why’ and is a forum to network and share resourceful ideas with international experts and fellow practitioners.

Dr Sunita Gandhi, Convener, Ed Leadership and Education We Want, and Co-Founder, Council for Global Education, USA,The 6th Ed Leadership International Roundtable Conference, held from December 19th – 21st, at the CMS World Unity Convention Centre, Lucknow,

Ms. Pirjo Koivula, counselor at the Finnish National Board of Education, Finland, was the keynote speaker at the 6th Ed Leadership International Roundtable. Ms. Koivula divulged that Finland’s education system, once regarded the best in the world as per the UN Human Development Index 2008, has slipped down to the twelfth spot and that the Finnish Ministry is seeking non-Finnish experts to fix the situation. She also said that a new curriculum design was being implemented, and research and innovation is being carried out with the help of the Process of Perfection learning system of Global Classroom.

Dr Fred Mednick, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, USA advocated the direct connection between teachers, professional development and global change. Dr Mednick is the founder of Teachers without Borders, an organization comprising of teachers from 185 countries sharing ideas for change. His dissertation, “The Qualities of an Educated Teen for the 21st Century”, was inspired by colleagues in Udaipur and extends a UNESCO report into a model of education change.

Dr Bob Baratta-Lorton, from the Center for Innovation in Education USA, took an interesting session on math, highlighting the need of teaching for effectiveness and every child’s involvement in every classroom. Also joining him at the conference as a speaker was Dr Simi Srivastava, a storytelling expert and the founder of Kathasthala. Dr Srivastava highlighted the role of storytelling as a therapy and an educational tool. A session was also held by Guinness World Record Holder for Memory, Dr Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, wherein he conducted mind and memory games.