Conference details - Voices of the next generation

Posted on 24 March 2017

Session formats

Attendees are invited to submit a proposal to contribute to a session linked to the conference themes.

You are strongly encouraged to deliver information in creative and innovative ways e.g. interactive games or activities, cock-up club (learning from mistakes), panel discussions, or in other formats.

Conference theme and sub-themes

The theme of the conference is Innovation in Education which covers four main sub-themes:

  • Government policy and system strengthening
  • TVET and skills
  • EdTech
  • Early childhood development

Conference cross-cutting themes

We encourage contributions to address cross-cutting themes on:

  • Inclusion
  • Gender
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Download the session proposal application form below

Innovation marketplace

You will also have the chance to showcase your work on any of the sub-themes and share your learning with other organisations at our innovation marketplace. If you would be interested in doing this please email

The Calculus Project: Creating a New Path to Success

Posted on 20 March 2017


The Calculus Project began at Brookline High, in Massachusetts, a very high-performing district with a troubling achievement gap – over 50% of white students scored in the advanced level in math, compared to 16% of African-American students and 31% of Latino students. Few African-American, Latino, and low-income students enrolled in high-level math classes, and those who did enroll soon dropped down to lower levels.


Research shows the power of high school calculus in propelling students toward completing college, and increasing the number of students who study STEM disciplines. The goal of The Calculus Project was to enable African American, Latino, and low-income students to enroll and succeed in the study of calculus in their senior year. To accomplish that, all seventh grade students in these sub-groups were invited to engage in a series of focused innovations that continued through their senior year in high school. These include:

  1. Pre-teaching in the summer, and re-teaching/tutoring during the school year the full sequence of mathematics courses from grade 8 through grade 12.
  2. Intentionally populating high-level math classes with a critical mass of students of color and low-income students, creating a more comfortable and productive academic setting for these students.
  3. Developing after-school study groups with support from teachers, (the after-school supervised study groups often become student-created “beyond school” study groups, rarely seen with these historically underperforming students).
  4. The Pride Curriculum teaches students about the historical accomplishments of STEM professionals of color, and includes interactions between the students and successful STEM professionals of color.
  5. Paid “peer teaching” opportunities in the summer program for high achieving Calculus Project students during the 11th and 12th grades..
  6. Transition-to-college planning, and follow-up academic and personal support for students at college


Almost every student in Cohort I enrolled and succeeded in Calculus Honors and AP Calculus in their senior year of high school. In June 2014, students in Cohort I graduated from Brookline High School and now attend some of the most

competitive colleges and universities in the country, such as MIT, NYU, Duke, Emory, and Centre College. Some have already declared STEM majors. Five more cohorts behind them are demonstrating similar success. In an increasingly technological world in which the STEM disciplines and careers offer tremendous intellectual and economic growth opportunities, The Calculus Project can open doors to this world to students for whom these doors have been historically closed.

Voices of the next generation

Posted on 16 March 2017

What challenges are we going to inherit as a new generation of international education and development professionals? Would you like to have more of a voice and build your confidence as a professional in international education and development? Ready to start talking about education in a whole new way?

“Innovation” is a standard development term, but with increasing pressure on budgets and emphasis on evidence, are we really being innovative? Do we even know what innovation is? As someone with just a few years of experience, you have probably found that pitching new ideas, let alone having the space to try them and test them, feels like an insurmountable challenge.

This one-day conference is your opportunity to put forward your ideas and your innovations whether in implementation or research, to shape the future of education in development and to find new trends for international education and development.