DCU’s Centre for Evaluation, Quality and Inspection (EQI) has been commissioned by the European Commission to coordinate a three-year global study on educational leadership as it relates to migration background students.
The focus of the project entitled Supporting Culturally Responsive Leadership and Evaluation in Schools (CReLES) is the enhanced inclusion of students with a migration background through the identification and dissemination of innovative practices in culturally responsive leadership, the development of frameworks for the evaluation of culturally responsive leadership as well as the provision of high-quality training resources in the form of leadership training and those interested stakeholder groups outside of the project.
Speaking at the launch of the project at Moscow City University in the Federation of Russia, the coordinator of the project, Dr Martin Brown. Research Director at EQI The Centre for evaluation Quality and Inspection stated:
"We are delighted that we have been entrusted by the European Commission to coordinate this project.
While the objectives of this project over the coming years are far-reaching and many of those leaders we are privileged to support and those students we are privileged to educate deserve no less, as it has been long recognised both nationally and internationally that improving the educational achievement of migrant students is demanding for educators and students.
In these challenging times, effective leadership at all levels of education is essential to addressing the needs of students from a migration background.
Indeed, for students with a migration background, a school, for example, can be the first place of belonging within a new country and culture.
Ultimately it is envisaged that the outcomes derived from this project can have a beneficial impact on the school experience of students with a refugee and/or migration background for years to come".
With support from the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment at the University of Illinois, at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the research consortium involved in the project are academic staff from Dublin City University, Ireland; Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria; University of Salamanca, Spain; and Moscow City University in the Federation of Russia.
The project is funded by the European Commission as part of its Erasmus+ Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices.
Further details on the CRELES project can be found on the European Commission Web Site available at the following link.