Teach First NZ attends Teach For All global conference in China

News items - 25 October 2013

This week Teach First NZ was represented at the Teach For All global conference, held in the Shanghai and Baoshan regions of China.

Teach First NZ CEO Shaun Sutton, Recruitment Director Elin Morris, and Board member Shay Wright were those attending from New Zealand.

The conference saw over two hundred people from across the global Teach For All network convene in China, for three days of intensive learning, reflection, and collaboration. The Teach For All network is now 33 countries strong.

With the theme of "Connect, Learn, Reflect", the conference immersed attendees in the rural Chinese context in which Teach For China places many of its participants. Local school and community visits and panels led by Teach For China participants and staff served as a foundation for broader exploration into addressing educational inequity around the world.

Linking China’s unique context to the global educational landscape, renowned author and journalist Tom Friedman opened the conference with a keynote address on the challenges and opportunities facing education in our increasingly competitive and connected world. Focusing more specifically on the impact of successful school systems, Teach For All board member and head of PISA for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Andreas Schleicher, used China as a case study when he discussed what makes a great school system and why rapid, dramatic improvement is possible.

Throughout the three days, attendees also participated in over forty break-out sessions designed to highlight innovations, explore emerging insights, and share knowledge and perspectives from across the global network.

Click here to read some reflections about the conference



Shaun Sutton, Chief Executive of Teach First NZ, alongside other conference attendees, observe a classroom in rural China

Professor Minxuan Zhang, President of Shanghai Normal University, and Andreas Schleicher, Head of PISA and Teach For All board member, discuss education policy in China.

Elin Morris, Recruitment Director; Shaun Sutton, Chief Executive; Shay Wright, Board member.