NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference

Inspirational Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Yuri Belfali

Ms. Belfali supports the Directorate for Education and Skills in providing strategic direction to the work on knowledge generation and its policy implication concerning skills development in early childhood education, care and school systems

She oversees large scale surveys including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Teaching and Learning International Survey programme (TALIS) and thematic analyses including the development of learning framework ‘the future of education and skills: OECD education 2030’. These programmes are key components of the OECD’s work to help countries promote learning opportunities for all, which promotes economic growth and social progress.
Ms. Belfali spent the last 20 years in France, the US, and in several countries of South East Asia, Africa and Middle East and North Africa regions. Before joining the OECD, she worked for UNICEF as Chief of the Education Section in Morocco and the World Bank in the field of human development between 2002 and 2012. She had a leadership role in advising governments for education reforms and gender mainstreaming. Ms. Belfali, a Japanese national, holds a Master’s degree in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.


IX NIS International Research-to-Practice Conference, 26-27 October 2017: Keynote Speech

Students’ well-being: what we can learn about students’ social life, learning attitudes and performance from PISA 2015.

Children spend a considerable amount of time in the classroom: following lessons, socialising with classmates and interacting with teachers and other staff members. What happens in school is therefore key to understanding whether students enjoy good physical and mental health, how happy and satisfied they are with different aspects of their lives, how connected they feel to others, and the aspirations they have for their future. This session presents the major findings from the PISA 2015 analysis on students’ well-being. It sheds light on the cognitive, psychological, physical, and social dimensions of well-being and outlines what schools, teachers and parents can do to support students.