Speaker information

Andy Hargreaves


Andy Hargreaves is Director of Chenine (Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education) at the University of Ottawa in Canada, and Emeritus Professor at Boston College, USA. He is Past President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, former Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario (2015-2018) and current adviser to the First Minister of Scotland. He has published more than 30 books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles. Andy’s 8 Outstanding Writing Awards include the prestigious $100,000 Grawemeyer Award in Education for Professional Capital (2015) with Michael Fullan. He has been honored in Canada, the US and UK for services to public education and educational research and is ranked by US Education Week among the scholars with most influence on US education policy debate. In 2015, Boston College gave him its Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. Andy holds Honorary Doctorates from the Education University of Hong Kong and the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  Professor Hargreaves is an outstanding keynote speaker and workshop leader and has delivered invited addresses in more than 50 countries, 47 US states, and all Australian and Canadian states and provinces. His most recent books are Moving: a memoir of social mobility, 2020; and Five Paths of Student Engagement, June 2021 (both published by Solution Tree)


Speaker presentations


Date: 11.11


10:00 – 12:00
Nur-Sultan time

Keynote speech

Child Well-being and Success: Opposites that Need to Attract (Keynote)

Millions of children and their teachers all over the world have been spending many months coping with the greatest pandemic in a century. What have we all learned from this experience and what should we do next? Should teachers’ new proficiencies with digital learning encourage more technology use in schools or have students’ experiences with excess screen time demonstrated the need for more in-person teaching? What have we learned about the importance of well-being, health and relationships in our schools? Which countries responded best to the pandemic in education and what has that taught us about effective leadership, positive collaboration and more flexible systems? And after suspending examinations and standardized testing for two years in a row, have we finally reached the point where we can completely rethink educational assessment? Drawing on his extensive experience of working with countries and systems during the pandemic, Andy Hargreaves will set out what our next steps in education now need to be in a post-pandemic world.


Date: 12.11


12:15 – 13:00
Nur-Sultan time


How to Engage Students: Beyond Relevance, Technology and Entertainment

Student engagement is the new frontier of student achievement. In a world full of distractions and disruptions, it’s hard to get students to succeed unless you can also get and keep their attention, fire up their passions, and connect with their lives and interests.

Engagement means much more than simply showing up and fixing all eyes on the teacher. Drawing on over 7 years of research, this workshop gets to the bottom of what student engagement is and is not. Sometimes it’s about being relevant to students’ interests, but it can also be about creating new interests. Sometimes, it’s about compelling world issues like climate change, and sometimes it’s all about fantasy fiction and fun. You can get engaged with technology but also without it. And not all engagement is fun. Sometimes, getting engaged in a challenge or a problem may be frustrating, involves struggle, and might even occasion sacrifice and suffering from time to time.

Based on his new book with Dennis Shirley on Student Engagement, this workshop also peers into the problem of disengagement, and looks at how to deal with it.