What is new in educational leadership?

MAR, 9-10 2023 — MADRID

Watch summary video of the Symposium



What is new in educational leadership?

MAR, 9-10 2023 — MADRID

Watch WCDL Programme video

In 2019, the European Foundation Society and Education (Spain) and the Center for Studies on Portuguese-Speaking Peoples and Cultures (CEPCEP) of the Catholic University of Portugal (Portugal), with the support from Porticus, set out to study the possibilities of a new approach in educational leadership under a threefold perspective:

  1. Pointing executive action towards comprehensive education for children and youth, that is, procuring the full development of all facets of their character (Whole Child Development).
  2. Focusing our attention on the social inclusion of students from vulnerable backgrounds or at risk of exclusion.
  3. Making this new educational approach an administrative practice subject to experimentation and evaluation in order to provoke systemic change in school life.

About the Symposium

This symposium is a result of the desire of PORTICUS, EFSE, and CEPCEP to share with school leaders and, by extension, the educational community and research centers, the results we have obtained after designing, training, implementing, and accompanying a process of change towards forming leadership for whole child development.

The symposium hopes to serve as an example of how this learning community, gathered in Madrid (Spain), shares the keys to a comprehensive understanding of education, in light of the necessities and experiences recounted by professionals, teachers, and administrators.

The program Whole Child Development Leadership (WCDL) has established areas of improvement based on:

  • An anthropology founded on human dignity
  • A network of leadership experiences and practices
  • Specific executive training
  • Accompaniment in implementation
  • The transfer of our objective to all members of the educational community

More information about the program at

Who we call forward

We invite professionals who exchange points of view, open new paths of improvement, share knowledge, and wish to lead the whole child development of the most vulnerable

We call, primarily, school leadership teams that carry out professional work in vulnerable environments, actors of change and transformation.

We also invite those interested in learning about how to improve professional performance in situations of extreme vulnerability; those aspiring to enter the school leadership world; teachers hoping to discover their talent in leadership; and, essential for the future, we invite students interested in discovering the charm of a teaching career.

We believe in the support and active participation of the educational community and of the administration and researchers of pedagogical leadership.

Our committees


Arturo Galán, Dean of the Faculty of Education at UNED

Mercedes Esteban, Director of Research at EFSE


  • David Reyero, Professor at the Faculty of Education of UCM
  • Inmaculada Egido, Professor of Comparative Education at UCM
  • Mireia Tintoré, Professor at the International University of Cataluña
  • Javier Valle, Professor at the Autonomous University of Madrid
  • Mónica Fontana, Professor at the Faculty of Education of UCM
  • José Almeida, Center for Studies on Portuguese-Speaking Peoples and Cultures (CEPCEP) at UCP
  • José Reis Lagarto, Center for Studies on Portuguese-Speaking Peoples and Cultures (CEPCEP) at UCP


  • Miguel Ángel Sancho, President of EFSE
  • Rodrigo de Queiroz e Melo, Professor at the Faculty of Humanities of the Catholic University of Portugal

Lola Velarde, Director of Development and Secretary at CI


  • María González, Director of Porticus Iberia
  • Joost de Laat, Chair of Global Economic Challenges, Utrecht University School of Economics (USE)
  • Ryan Burgess, Global lead for primary and secondary education and TVET, Porticus
  • Tony Bush, Professor of Educational Leadership, Faculty of Social Sciences. University of Nottingham.
  • Beatriz Pont, Educational leadership expert and professor at Sciences Po in Paris
  • Lola Velarde, Director of Development at EFSE
  • Marion Stoler, Programme Manager, Porticus
  • Mariana Ruiz, Technical Secretary of the Symposium
  • Livia de Cendra, Research and Development Field at EFSE
  • Rosario Semper, Technical Secretary at EFSE
  • Cristina Pereira, Secretary CEPCEP-UCP (Portugal)