Are we on track for a global education goal? Reflections on the global meeting on education post-2015Written by Pauline Rose
David Robinson is a special advisor on higher and vocational education and training with EI. He is also the associate executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, representing academic and general staff at colleges and universities across Canada.
Jim Baker is Coordinator of the Council of Global Unions (CGU). The CGU brings together EI with all of the other Global Union Federations as well as the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD.
Pauline Rose is the Director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report. Prior to taking up this post in 2011, she was Senior Policy Analyst with the GMR team for three years, leading the research on the themes of governance, marginalization and conflict.
Iveta Silova is an Associate Professor and Director of Comparative and International Education program at the College of Education, Lehigh University. Her research and publications cover a range of issues critical to understanding post-socialist education transformation processes in the context of globalization, including gender equity trends in Eastern/Central Europe and Central Asia, minority/multicultural education policies in the former Soviet Union, as well as the scope, nature, and implications of private tutoring in a cross-national perspective. She is the co-editor (with Noah W. Sobe) of a quarterly peer-reviewed journal "European Education: Issues and Studies."
Lois Weiner is a professor of education at New Jersey City University and a member of AFT Local #1839. She co-edited with Mary Compton a collection of essays, the “The Global Assault on Teaching, Teachers, and Their Unions: Stories for Resistance.” Her new book, “The Future of Our Schools: Teachers Unions and Social Justice” describes how teachers unions can become social movements and why they need to make this change, now, to save public education and the profession.
John Bangs is Chair of the OECD's Trade Union Advisory Committee's Working Group on Education, Training and Employment Policy and is also Senior Consultant to Education International for work in the OECD.
Until 1990 he was a teacher for twenty years in a school for children with special educational needs in London's East End and then joined the National Union of Teachers as its Head of Education and Equality before retiring in 2010 to work with EI and Cambridge University.
Lee Nordstrum in an independent education research consultant specializing in education finance, demand for schooling and teacher issues in developing countries. He has most recently conducted research and consulted for the Global Partnership for Education, UNESCO EFA Global Monitoring Report, the International Labour Organization and the Government of Togo. Commissioned papers include: private household spending on public primary schooling in low-income countries (2012 EFA GMR); the impact of the economic crisis on education finance (ILO); teacher quantity and quality supply gaps in developing countries; cost constraints to expanding and upgrading the teacher workforce; and teacher training systems (ILO). Prior to this, his doctoral research at the University of Cambridge focused on the impact that school user fees and their abolition in poor schools have on education demand in South Africa. Lee is based in California, USA with his wife and two children.
Antoni Verger was awarded a PhD on Sociology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) for his work on the WTO/GATS and Education. In the context of the UAB, he has participated in the following competitive research projects: "Globalization and inequalities in Latin America", "Beyond Targeting the Poor: Education, development and anti-poverty policies in South America" and "Advances and Shortcomings of Education for All in Latin-America".
He has been a post-doctoral researcher at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) of the Universiteit van Amsterdam between 2007 and 2011. In the framework of the IS Academy Education and Development (Minbuza+UvA), he has carried out research in the areas of the global governance of education (with a focus on international organizations and transnational civil society networks), education privatization, and higher education and international development. Since 2011, Verger is a "Ramón y Cajal" Research Fellow at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (firstname.lastname@example.org).
María Luisa Sánchez Simón
María Luisa Sánchez Simón is an advisor on higher education for the Spanish teachers' federation, FECCOO. At the regional level in Galicia, she is a member of the executive board of CCOO. She is also a professor of fluid mechanics at the University of La Coruña, Spain.
Steven J. Klees (email@example.com) is the R. W. Benjamin Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Maryland. He did his Ph.D. at Stanford University and has taught at Cornell University, Stanford University, Florida State University, and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil.
Prof. Klees' work examines the political economy of education and development with specific research interests in globalization, neoliberalism, and education; the role of aid agencies; education, human rights, and social justice; the education of disadvantaged populations; the role of class, gender, and race in reproducing and challenging educational and social inequality; and alternative approaches to education and development.