Dean's Lecture Series

Improving our Schools: What we know and what we need to do

Presented by: Dr. Ben Levin
Tuesday 21 February
Theatre Law GM15 Theatre, 185 Pelham Street, campus map

International evidence is steadily providing a clearer picture of policy approaches that can help countries raise the quality of their education system. We are also learning more about measures that are ineffective or even counterproductive.

Building on experience around the world, this lecture will describe the challenges to achieving better outcomes, and explain what state and national systems should do - and avoid doing - to support excellence and equity in schools.

This lecture is hosted in partnership with the Australian Education Union and the Australian College of Educators.

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Dr. Ben Levin

Dr Ben Levin holds a Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He has been a senior manager in government on several occasions, including serving as deputy minister (director general) for education in two Canadian provinces – Manitoba from 1999 to 2002 and Ontario from 2004 to 2007. As an academic, Ben Levin has directed numerous research projects and has published more than 150 articles in a wide range of publications around the world. He has also published five books, the most recent being How To Change 5000 Schools (2008) and currently has three more in preparation. Ben does extensive international work and his writing has been translated into Russian, Chinese and Turkish. His current research interests concern research-policy practice linkages, large-scale change, and equity and poverty issues.