Full program

Conference venue: Claudiana
Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 3 (1st floor)



2 September 2024

8 am



9 am

Welcome and Opening


9.30 am

Keynote: Carlos Vargas Tamez

UNESCO Chief of Section for Teacher Development

Head of the Secretariat for the International Taskforce on Teachers for Education 2030


10.30 am

Coffee break


11 am

Keynote: EE Ling Low

Professor of Education and Dean, Academic & Faculty Affairs, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


12 am

Perspectives on teacher education:

Carole Basile: Dean of Mary Lou Fulton College, Next Education Workforce, USA

Susan Ledger: Dean of Education, University of Newcastle & Chair of the Australian Council of Deans of Education Network of Professional Experience subgroup, Australia

Facilitator: [tbc]


1 pm

Lunch break


2.15 pm

Panel discussion: The global challenges and opportunities of teacher education

Zoe Robertson – Chair, Scottish Council of Deans of Education, Scotland

Stefanie Sullivan – Chair elect, Universities Council for the Education of Teachers, United Kingdom

Lace Marie Brogden – President, Association of Canadian Deans of Education, Canada

Gbologade Adekanmbi – Chair, African Deans of Education Forum, Botswana

Vessela Ilieva - Dean of Education, Utah Valley University, USA

Facilitator: Irma Eloff


3.45 - 4.15 pm

World Café – with Margery McMahon


7 pm

Reception and conference dinner


3 September 2024

9 am

Opening for the day:
Suzanne Kapelari, Dean of Education, University of Innsbruck


9.05 am

Plenary panel discussion and interactive session: Planning for the future: Solutions for Supporting SDG4

Don Pope-Davis - President, Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions & Dean College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University, USA

William Gaudelli - Dean, College of Education & Vice Provost for Innovation in Education, Lehigh University, USA  

Carol Hordatt Gentles - President International Council on Education for Teaching, Jamaica

Michael Schratz - Founding dean of the School of Education at Innsbruck University, Austria & Fritz Karsen Chair at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Mary-Louise Vanderlee - Professor and Interim Dean, Faculty of Education, Brock University, Canada

Facilitator: Sarah Younie


10.30 am

Coffee break


11 am


A. Lin Goodwin 葛文林

Former Dean of Education, University of Hong Kong & Thomas More Brennan Chair of Education at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Boston, USA


12 pm

Lunch break


1 pm

Presenting the Joint Statement of the Global Network of Deans of Education

Douglas McCall, Vancouver, Canada


2 pm

Open discussion: The future role of GNDE (all delegates)

Signing ceremony of the Inaugural Symposium of the Global Network of Deans of Education


3 pm

Walk-and-Talk social event


4 September 2024

9.20 am

Opening for the day:
Irma Eloff, Chair: Global Network of Deans of Education


9.30 am


Lynn M Gangone

President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Washington, USA


10.30 am

Coffee break


11 am

Presentations on Global Education Initiatives

Ken Bain - Executive Director, Canadian Association of School System Administrators (CASSA), Canada

Everline Aketch - Education Support & Cultural Workers Officer and Sub-regional Secretary for English-Speaking Africa, Public Services International (PSI), Uganda

Peter Kent – Past President, International Confederation of Principals (ICP), United Kingdom

Kayla Jackson - The School Superintendents Association (AASA), USA

William Borgen - International Association for Counselling (IAC), Canada

Donna Pendergast - Director of Engagement in the Arts, Education and Law Group and former Dean and Head of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Australia

Marilyn Leask - MESH Guides, United Kingdom

Facilitator: Margery McMahon


12.30 - 1.00 pm

Future perspectives


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