Coordinated in collaboration with

March 9th, 2023 / 12:15 – 13:45 CET

Coordinator: Núria Vives and Mireia Tintoré

The concept of sustainability applied to educational organizations in contexts of special vulnerability will work under a triple perspective: the first implies basing the organization on a recognizable strategy that guides the work and relationships of its professionals, with the appropriate resources for the purpose; the second is based on an aspiration for continuous and integral improvement of the student in any of its educational actions; the third proposes a conception of leadership of a flexible, distributed and inclusive nature, in which each member of the organization has its own function that is developed under the principle of cooperation.

“Leading for learning means being a positive influence on the people around you; helping to understand that any learner should have the best opportunities to learn, grow, develop and be prepared for the future.”

Louise Stoll



Curating sustainability: Leaders’ roles in shaping the next decade of education

Karen Edge

University College London. Institute of Education

Dr. Karen Edge has worked as an educator, researcher and consultant internationally for over 25 years. She is currently an academic at the Institute of Education at University College London (UCL) and a consultant to the International School Leadership Principals (Ontario, Canada), HeadsUP for Headteachers (England), Dignitas Project (Kenya) and 01 Founders’ Diversity and Inclusion Board (England). She has previously worked at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Toronto and Western University, and has been a visiting professor at institutions in Canada, Chile, China and Malaysia. As of 2022 she is Salzburg Global Fellow. She has led research projects in more than 30 countries on leadership, teacher motivation, retention, generational theory, and system-level design and change. A gifted speaker, he demonstrates an unwavering commitment to promoting equity and justice, drawing on evidence to drive change.

«Leaders need time, energy and patience to engage in a process that requires identifying potential and willing partners; finding common ground that seeds relationships; and risking initial collaborations that build trust.»


ROUNDTABLE – 12:40 to 13:45 CET


Learning, sustainable and inclusive schools in vulnerable contexts

Moderator: Núria Vives

Responsible for the Leadership for Learning Program. EduCaixa, Fundación “la Caixa”.

Núria Vives Font is responsible for teacher professional development programs at Fundación La Caixa and, since 2019, she leads the EduCaixa Leadership for Learning Program. She has coordinated educational programs for the competency development of students in Secondary School, High School and Formative Cycle of Average Degree, as well as transformative education programs in third sector entities. Doctoral candidate in Education and Leadership at the UCL Education Master in Teacher Training at the UOC-UPF, graduated in Pedagogy at the UNED and graduated in Advertising and Public Relations at the UAB.

«Promoting pedagogical leadership in schools requires enhancing the professional learning of management teams, supporting them and recognizing their role». Núria Vives.

Presented by

María Elisa Serrano. Headmistress at IES Mariana Pineda de Moratalaz (Madrid)

Degree in Hispanic Philology from the UCM (1989) and PhD in Hispanic Literature (2000). Secondary school teacher in the Community of Madrid since 1990, specialising in Spanish Language and Literature, with a post at Mariana Pineda Secondary School since 2006. After being part of the management team since 2008, she took over the management of IES Mariana Pineda in 2013.

Núria Sabaté. Headmistress at Escola Marià Fortuny de Reus

Primary Education teacher, Headmistress at Escola Marià Fortuny de Reus, Teacher Trainer in Digital Competence and Educational Leadership, Trainer on the Course for the Updating of the Leadership Role of the Department of Education and President of Asociación Espiral, Educación y Tecnología. She has participated as a speaker in different educational congresses and has published several articles on the use of technologies in education and educational leadership.>


Joaquín Gairín. University Autónoma of Barcelona

Currently directs the Center for Research and Studies for Organizational Development (EDO) and the International Network for Educational Management Support (RedAGE:). Her areas of expertise are: social and educational development, organizational development, evaluation and organization/management of educational institutions, collective knowledge management (educational systems, public administration and companies) and issues related to training and learning communities.

«Educational organizations are social constructions that only acquire meaning if they work in and for society». Joaquín Gairín.

Tomás Aller. Founder and CEO of IIDIS

Degree in Psychopedagogy, expert in Coaching, Information and Knowledge Management, and Quality Management. Master in Behaviour Modification and Master in Clinical Practice in Mental Health. Consultant in state and European organisations and institutions in protection and good treatment policies aimed at children, adolescents and people in vulnerable situations. Founder of the Institute for Innovation, Development and Social Impact. Developer and auditor of the Internal Protection System Model (SdPi).

Eva María Fernández Cabanillas. Headmistress at ISMIE (Instituto Superior Madrileño de Innovación Educativa)

Certified in Teaching, Degree in Psychology from the UCM, in Philosophy and Educational Sciences, and in Psychopedagogy from the UNED. She has been a teacher in the Community of Madrid since 1991 and belongs to the Secondary Education Corps, specialising in Educational Guidance. She has held different positions in teacher training and has received numerous awards in educational research.

Karen Edge. University College London

Núria Vives

Maria Elisa Serrano

Nuria Sabaté

Joaquín Gairín

Tomás Aller

Eva Fernández

Conclusions: Mireia Tintoré

International University of Catalunya

Degree in Geography and History, PhD in Humanities and Social Sciences. Lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Education Sciences of the International University of Catalunya, and member of the consolidated research group EDO. Founding editor of the journal IJELM (International Journal of Educational Leadership & Management) and founding member of EDULID (Observatorio Ibérico de Liderazgo Educativo). She is the author of numerous publications on leadership and management.

«If we want to pursue improvement goals, today’s educational organisations need to develop a type of leadership that, with its focus on holistic student learning, is distributed, inclusive and sustainable.».

WORKSHOP – 12:45 to 13:45 CET

Room 1

Successful school leaders: catalysts for improvement in their schools

We will explore the idea of «teacher leadership» and reflect together on how we can identify and develop teacher leaders in our schools. We will use an interactive professional learning resource devised by academics and teachers in England as a stimulus for reflection and discussion. We will address, in a practical way, how best to harness the potential of teacher leaders to improve our schools.

Conducted by:

Greg Ross. University College London

Associate Professor at the UCL Institute of Education, London. At the UCL Centre for Educational Leadership he leads the design and delivery of school leadership development programs for ministries of education, non-governmental organizations and international school groups, as well as international consultancy projects focused on school leadership and school systems improvement. His research focuses on curricular changes in leadership at the system and school level. English teacher in secondary schools, specialized in leading curricular and pedagogical improvements.

Ana Isabel Ramón Sánchez. Head of Studies at CEIP Mare Nostrum in Ceuta

Degree in Psychopedagogy, of special education and hearing and language teacher. Research training with a DEA on Learning Communities. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in education and more than 15 years as a member of the management team. She has been Head of Studies at the CEIP MARE NOSTRUM educational centre for 6 academic years. Coordinator of different national and international projects of the centre.