About ISER

In 2004, a group of faculty members attending the Commonwealth Consortium for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM) Conference at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at East China Normal University (Shanghai) recognized the need for broadening understanding of education reforms in other nations as well as school and system-level change. They organized the International Symposium on Educational Reform (ISER) as venue for university graduate students, educators, professors, practitioners, and policymakers to examine common themes faced by reformers including the role of school-level and district leaders in the change process, student learning, teacher quality, and technology leadership. Over the years, the ISER Directors were instrumental in developing bi-lateral Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) among the University of Kentucky (USA), East China Normal University (National Training Center for Secondary School Principals, Shanghai, China), the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), the University of Pretoria (Republic of South Africa), the Universidad de San Francisco Quito (Ecuador) and Umeå University (Sweden) to facilitate collaborative research and advance graduate studies. The annual ISER Conference reflects a shared commitment to scholarship and engagement with practitioners, policymakers and the private sector in launching and sustaining educational reform. Since 2010, ISER has been affiliated with the University Council for Educational Administration’s (UCEA) Joint Program Center for the Study of the Superintendency and Governance and the American Education Research Association (AERA) Research on the Superintendency (SIG).