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Moving from 'What Works' to 'What Works Best'

How to Use Research to Supercharge School Improvement

A Workshop by Prof. Dylan Wiliam


90 mins session

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (Indochina time - ICT)

Online (Zoom)

Individual Registration

USD 125 per participant

Group Registration

5 - 9 participants

*USD 115 per participant

10 or more participants

*USD 105 per participant

*To avail group rate, please apply

together in one registration 

Target Audience
K-12 Teachers, Curriculum Supervisors, Teacher Leaders, and Teacher Trainers
Why this workshop?

Research will never tell teachers what to do—classrooms are just too complex for this ever to be the case. Research can, however, help school leaders in three ways:


The first is to identify “blind alleys”—areas where changes are unlikely to be of much benefit to students.


The second is to identify areas where changes will improve students’ learning.


The third, and perhaps the most important, is to provide information that school leaders can use to choose research-based interventions that will have the greatest impact in their local context.


An Overview
In this online presentation, participants will find out why meta-analysis, although popular with researchers, rarely provides useful guidance to school leaders about what will work most effectively in their schools.

They will also learn about the five key questions that school leaders need to ask to become critical consumers of educational research so that the improvements they make will maximize the benefits for their teachers and their students.

The presentation will conclude with a discussion of what makes for effective teacher learning, and, in particular, why, for all but the least experienced practitioners, improvement is more a matter of habit change than knowledge acquisition.

Workshop Aim

To provide teachers and leaders with a comprehensive framework for using research to decide school priorities while at the same time taking into account the school’s local context

In this session, participants will learn:

  • Why research should inform, but cannot dictate what teachers do

  • Why meta-analysis does not provide a sound basis for setting priorities in schools

  • The five questions that educators need to ask about research findings

  • Why effective teacher learning requires both acquiring new learning and changing habits


Workshop Facilitator

Dylan Wiliam is an Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at University College London.


In a varied career, he has taught in urban public schools, directed a large-scale testing program, served a number of roles in university administration, including Dean of a School of Education, and pursued a research program focused on supporting teachers to develop their use of assessment in support of learning.


If I cannot make it for the workshop, will you offer a refund?

Given the logistics involved we will not be able to offer a refund, but you can transfer your registration to somebody else. Or we can also send you the recording (limited time).   

Do you offer Continuing Education Credits?


Will I get a certificate of participation?


Will there be video recordings of the session if

I am not able to attend a session?

Yes, the recordings will be provided for participants to review

and available for 2 weeks

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