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CIES Launches New Fall Symposium

Monday, February 29, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joseph Sapp
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The Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) is pleased to launch a CIES Fall Special Topic Symposium initiative designed to bring together researchers, policymakers and practitioners for focused intellectual and policy engagement around critical education topics.

Our 60th anniversary is an excellent opportunity to reflect on ways that our Society can capitalize on the expertise and engagement of its over 2500 members and become even more influential in shaping research and policy. Beginning in Fall 2016 the CIES will host a major annual Fall event at which members of the Society, as well as key global stakeholders, will grapple with the state of policy and research on an issue of global significance. Structuring these meetings as Symposia, we are experimenting with a new format for engaging both our membership and the public. In focused meetings characterized by intense deliberation and debate we will bring CIES researchers together with others who normally might not engage with our field – thus both strengthening the field and expanding our networks and footprint.

The CIES Fall Special Topic Symposia will complement our thematic annual (Spring) conferences and the CIES regional conferences that also occur in the Fall. Each Fall symposium will include a mix of invited plenary sessions, open call-for-papers parallel sessions, and participation of non-presenting registrants. These two to three day events will be held at host universities and will feature a strong virtual and knowledge mobilization component. The CIES Board of Directors has earmarked $20,000 annually for 2016 and 2017 to launch this initiative, which will then be evaluated for continuation as a regular Society activity.

The topic of the 2016 CIES Fall Symposium is “The Possibility and Desirability of Global Learning Metrics: Comparative Perspectives on Education Research, Policy and Practice”. The symposium will take place November 10-11 in Tempe, AZ on the campus of Arizona State University (click here for additional information and call for papers below). For the 2017 CIES Fall Symposium we are issuing a Request for Proposals. As described on the reverse, selection will be made by the Board of Directors with preference given to proposals proposed by two or more CIES SIGs and/or Standing Committees.

As current and future Presidents of CIES we are tremendously excited to launch this initiative and expand the activities and impact of the Society. Please contact any of us with suggestions or questions.


N’Dri Assié-Lumumba, CIES President

Mark Bray, CIES President-Elect

Noah W. Sobe, Vice-President

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