MIT Conversation Series on Compassionate Systems Change in Education Launches

Systems Awareness in Education: A MiT Conversation Series Launch
January 13, 2022


A new event, MIT Conversation Series on compassionate systems change in education, launches on January 13, 2022. This MIT series is hosted by MIT Open Learning, MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL), and MIT Comparative Media Studies / Writing.

We believe that education can be a leading sector in helping shape the cultural changes needed throughout society and that education innovators around the world are busy doing just that. This new conversation series will bring researchers, educators and practitioners together to explore work in student and educator wellbeing, classroom practice, and collaborative leadership at the district, region, state and international levels. Discussions will focus on the most pressing issues of our time, from climate change and equity to declining mental health and well-being.

Some key questions and themes we will explore in this series are:

  • How can we better understand profound change processes that can shift underlying mental models and institutional structures at multiple levels in education? Without trivializing or over-simplifying, how can we foster a sense of confidence that real systems change is possible?
  • How can busy educators and practitioners caught in the frenzy of everyday work and the challenges of our COVID-19 reality learn to pause, wonder, and explore how to get beyond our habitual quick-fix approaches as a substitute for deeper change? How do we develop more coherent strategies for creating the social and institutional conditions for larger scale and longer-term change?
  • How can we support a gradual re-orientation to seeing education, and especially pK-12 education, as a critical locus for societal innovation?

Join us for the first in this important and timely conversation series on Thursday, January 13 as we explore how we understand, enable and measure system change in the making within education. Our hope is that the conversations will be helpful to educators, school leaders, teacher leaders, researchers, and anyone interested in deep change in education.

Session Schedule:
January 13, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST
Speakers: Eric Klopfer, Mette Boell, and Peter Senge
Conversation Series Moderated by Diana Chapman Walsh
February 17, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST
Speakers: Michael McAfee, Larissa Duncan, Mette Boell and Peter Senge
March 17, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST
Speakers: Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, California Department of Education, Mette Boell and Peter Senge
April 21, 2022, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm EST
Speakers: Mark Greenberg, Gustav Böll, Youth Ambassadors, Mette Boell and Peter Senge

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