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The International Student Innovation Forum 2020 (ISIF2020) brings together junior and senior high school students from around the world to engage in dialogue about their shared challenges and exploring school well-being, which can respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and create future looking learning systems, eventually a future school, to meet the needs of the 21st century. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ISIF2020 will be held online. Even though it is virtually organized, we focus on lively interactions among participants and genuine learning resonating agency of each participant. One unique feature of ISIF2020 is that students create the forum together with peers and adults reflecting on their voices with everyone exercising co-agency. The discussion outcomes from ISIF2020 on school well-being shall be a result of collective efforts of diverse participating members with students in the center of planning and interactions.

Let’s explore School Well-being!

School well-being is discussed based on the eleven (11) main areas from the OECD’s better life index.

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Let’s explore School Well-being!

School well-being is discussed based on the eleven (11) main areas from the OECD’s better life index.

Bulletin board

Please click the following Future School diagram to enter the bulletin board

The Participants

– ISN2.0 participating schools and their partner schools
– Potential new partners (including students, teachers, researchers, local government officials, social partners, among many others)
– Other interested stakeholders interested in contributing to the concept of new learning and education
Note that registration is required to participate

Merits for Participating

– ISIF2020 is an avenue to communicate and discuss ideas about inquiry-based learning and school well-being with participants from diverse backgrounds and different regions/countries
– Participants can establish networks with students and stakeholders who share the same vision for future education
– Certificate of Participation will be distributed.

Registration and Requests

– Registration will be open at the beginning of July 2020
– Participating schools/teams are requested to prepare a short video introducing their schools/teams
– Participants will also be asked to prepare a pre-study report on school well-being (e.g. student well-being, teacher well-being, etc.)
– Further details are provided on the website.

About the logo

Co-Agency is a concept that we explore in ISIF2020. At the center is student agency; the other dots represent other stakeholders as other agents of change. The waves resonate collective agency in which educational stakeholders word hand-in-hand in creating the future schools.
Co-Agency is a concept that we explore in ISIF2020. At the center is student agency; the other dots represent other stakeholders as other agents of change. The waves resonate collective agency in which educational stakeholders word hand-in-hand in creating the future schools.
Co-Agency is a concept that we explore in ISIF2020. At the center is student agency; the other dots represent other stakeholders as other agents of change. The waves resonate collective agency in which educational stakeholders word hand-in-hand in creating the future schools.
Co-Agency is a concept that we explore in ISIF2020. At the center is student agency; the other dots represent other stakeholders as other agents of change. The waves resonate collective agency in which educational stakeholders word hand-in-hand in creating the future schools.
In March 2011, the magnitude 9 earthquake hit the Tohoku region of Japan, huge tsunami swallowed the cities, the nuclear power plant exploded, and radioactive substances contaminated the entire region.。
 
Suddenly people lost their daily lives and despaired by knowing what they lost was so big. In such a situation, children and the youth gave hope to adults and brought light to the devastated region.
 
In 2012, an international education project, named OECD Tohoku School started.
About 100 students in the Tohoku region stood up with the aim of rebuilding the Tohoku region,
 
After working for three years on the project, the students of the OECD Tohoku School successfully showcased the rebirth of Tohoku to the world in Paris. 150,000 people visited the event organized by the youth and praised it.
 
We assured that the growth of the youth can change the world. The success of the OECD Tohoku School gave positive impacts to many initiatives;
OECD has started work on redefining the key competencies.
The Japanese government has started reforming the national curriculum. The OECD Tohoku School has been transformed into the Innovative Schools Network 2030, with broader participants in Japan and in the world.
 
Society is entering a VUCA world, which is vulnerable, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous.
The era when we could say “If you know this, you can always manage” or “If you follow the rules you will succeed” is over. While changes in society accelerate, schools are left behind. The gap becomes bigger.
 
At the International Student Innovation Forum 2017, about 400 high school students, teachers and adults from 9 countries met in Japan. They exchanged ideas with each other, learned from one another’s inquiry projects which tried to overcome challenges in each region, and discussed the future of education.
The outcome from the forum was announced as “Student Declaration, Our Voice in 2017”. This declaration contains the importance of education which encourages students to explore new experiences, such as learning from the local challenges, interacting with people in other countries, and collaborating with a diversity of people.
 
The OECD Learning Compass 2030 created by the OECD Education 2030 project as a new education framework suggests the importance of Student Agency, and Agency of people working with students. Co-Agency is being explored and described by the voices of students and teachers around the world.
 
Why do we learn and which competencies should we develop?
What the Learning Compass points to is a society with individual and collective well-being. The form of well-being varies depending on the country, ethnicity, age, sex, religion, and disparity in wealth; however, we can shorten the distance to the goal of creating a society with collective well-being, by talking with diverse people. Learning about each other means growing together. It leads us to a better well-being.
 
The International Student Innovation Forum 2020 aims to discuss school well-being among diverse participants including students and teachers, explore what would be needed to innovate education, and envision the future school in 2030.
 
The world is in the midst of the difficulties due to the COVID-19. Many students are thrown out from the school which used to be a normal place for them. Teachers are struggling by facing challenges they have never experienced. However, now it is an opportunity given once every 100 years to change the status quo and to innovate education.
 
The International Student Innovation Forum 2020 will be organized through the internet during August and September due to the COVID-19 crisis. The main live talk session will be held on August 11th and 12th.
 
Let’s meet lively and learn lively on a virtual space! Let’s foster learning ecosystem growing with society through dialogue between students and adults! Let’s resonate each other’s agency!
We look forward to meeting you at the forum.

ISIF2020 AT-A-GLANCE

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Organized by Japan Innovative Schools Network (ISN) supported by OECD (Graduate School of Public Policy, the Univ. of Tokyo) and ISIF2020 committee
In Cooperation with Graduate School of Education, the Univ. of Tokyo
Fukushima University
Official Support Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Support Company and Foundations Benesse, Classi, The Tokyo Club, The foundation for the Advancement of Juvenile Education in Japan

About ISN

ISN was established on April 14, 2015 to develop and disseminate new education systems for the 21st century through research based on global collaboration and field practices. ISN participating students seek to tackle challenges in their community and region, such as aging, depopulation, environment, refugees and migrants which are anticipated to intensify towards 2030. Over the course of finding solutions to such challenges, students and teachers involve local stakeholders including local prefecture, university, private companies, NGOs etc. In addition, the students collaborate with their peers from other countries, who are aiming to solve similar challenges in their locality. This process is believed to foster competencies suggested in the OECD Learning Compass 2030.
The OECD provides research advice as a support to the project. ISN is a member of the Future of Education and Skills 2030 project led by OECD, and contributes to explore innovative education framework. In August 2017, ISN organized International Student Innovation Forum 2017 (ISIF’17)

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