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Introducing GELPThe Global Education Leaders’ Program (GELP) sets out to transformeducation, effectively and sustainably, at local, national, and global levels.It is a partnership of thought leaders and consultants from world-classorganizations, collaborating in a new global economy with teams of keyeducation leaders who are seriously committed to transforming educationin practice and developing the personal skills to lead the changesrequired.
The Program Objectives• To accelerate and sustain transformation within GELP members’ local systems and nations.• To develop transformational capacity and personal efficacy within education system leaders.• To advocate and continually refine the vision of 21st century teaching and learning.• To facilitate an interactive and growing global community of education leaders and change agents.
Background to the ProgramGELP arose from a set of key ideas explored in explored in a publicationsstream commissioned by Cisco between 2008 and 2010:Equipping Every Learner for the 21st CenturyThe Learning SocietyLearning from the ExtremesThese papers make a compelling argument that the current system ofschooling is insufficient for the evolving information age and the dynamicconditions of the 21st century.Three principal drivers of globalization, demographic shifts andtechnological revolution are rapidly rendering current schooling systemsinadequate.
Education 3.0GELP’s central thesis is that it is system transformation, not schoolimprovement, which is the necessary response. A transformed system:• aims to provide equitable access to higher order capabilities;• is achieved through holistic change because the system is complex and interdependent;• is characterized by a transfer of ownership from teachers to learners;• is accelerated by collaborative learning technologies.The outcomes can be described as Education 3.0.
GELP PartnersThe partners in GELP are:CiscoThe Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationPromethean LtdEllen Koshland Family FundInnovation UnitThe program also draws on specialist contributions from a range ofpartners, including Hay Group, the Harvard School of Education,McKinsey & Co., Bridge, and the Asia Education Foundation.
The GELP Offer:Global dialogue, community and collaborationGlobal Learning EventsMembers gather every six months to share practices, goals andchallenges. Events are hosted in participating countries and cities, withsessions lead by partner organizations, invited specialists and the GELPconsultancy team.GELP SpaceGELP members join a private online community which offers a platformfor sharing resources and discussions.
The GELP Offer:World Class ConsultancyEach team works with a consultant to refine, strategize and address theirchallenges.Consultancy support is tailored to the needs of the team, but takes theform of:• Induction to the program.• Support and facilitation at each of the global events• A consultancy visit after the first global event, and• Three planned and debriefed Cisco Telepresence meetings.
The GELP CommitmentParticipation in GELP requires a considerable commitment from teams to:• Agree a governance model, including an Executive Sponsor, to ensure support for team members’ participation• Identify a focus for their reform agenda, which will be stretched and challenged through the GELP process• Select a team capable of supporting and extending the program’s ambitions• Make an active and sustained contribution to the program• Provide suitable resources, including time, expenses and potentially the hosting of a global event.
The GELP Participant TeamsThe program has so far welcomed teams from:AustraliaChaoyang District, Beijing, ChinaEnglandFinlandNew York City, USANew ZealandOntario, CanadaSouth KoreaVictoria, Australia
GELP MembersGELP members are:• Respected, high potential system leaders, in a position of influence, already tackling challenging reform issues.• Bold and innovative thinkers, intellectually curious and ready to learn.• Ready for Education 3.0 and its inherent challenges.• Networked and connected influencers, able to build coalitions and inspire others.• Leaders with a global perspective, who are willing to devote time and energy to the program.
GELP members have demonstrated that they are:• Politically astute• Collaborative leaders• Confident and courageous• Resilient and energetic• Outward looking, visionary and inspirational• Analytical and creative systems thinkers.They are highly knowledgeable about their education systems andcommitted to global reform.