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Systems Awareness in Education: A MIT Conversation Series

We invite you to join us in a series of virtual conversations on compassionate systems change in education launching on Thursday, January 13, 2022, 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. Register to learn more, receive the recording and notifications of future events.


Series Sessions


“What Do We Mean By Systems Change and Why Is It So Difficult In Education?”
January 13, 2022, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST

Speakers: Eric Klopfer, Ph.D., Professor and Head of Comparative Media Studies and Education; Director of the Scheller Teacher Education Program and the Education Arcade Mette Boell, Ph.D., Visiting Research Scientist, MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab; Director, Center for Systems Awareness Peter Senge, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management; Director, Center for Systems Awareness Conversation Series Moderated by: Diana Chapman Walsh, Ph.D., Former president, Wellesley College; Life Member Emerita, MIT Corporation.

“Equity, Child and Family Wellbeing, and Healthy Societies”
February 17, 2022, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST

Speakers: Michael McAfee, Ph.D., President and CEO of PolicyLink Larissa Duncan, Ph.D., Faculty at the Center for Healthy Minds, Elizabeth C. Davies Chair in Child & Family Well-Being, Director of the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison.

“Population-level data in support of well-being and compassionate systems change”
March 17, 2022, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST

Speakers: Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D., NoVo Foundation Endowed Chair of Social and Emotional Learning, University of Illinois - Chicago Representatives from the California Department of Education

“'Warm Data': How to study personal and inter-personal change as foundational for systems change toward climate action”
April 21, 2022, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST

Speakers: Mark Greenberg, Ph.D., Emeritus Edna Peterson Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research and Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Founding Director of The Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development. Gustav Böll, Youth Coach, Center for Systems Awareness Youth Ambassadors: K-12 student representatives participating in a Compassionate Climate Learning Community.

Conversation Series Moderated by: Diana Chapman Walsh, Ph.D., Former president, Wellesley College; Life Member Emerita, MIT Corporation.

This event series is made possible through the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Can't join the conversation live? Register to learn more, receive the recording and notifications of future events.