Keynote Speakers

Yong Zhao - University of Kansas (USA)

Yong Zhao

Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All

In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao calls for paradigm shift in education. Dr. Zhao brings extensive evidence to show that every child has both potential and need to become great. To help each and every child achieve their greatness, we need a different kind of education that focuses on enhancing the unique strengths and passion of each child. Education is to help each and every child discover and develop their strengths and passions with the goal to create value for others and the world. To do so, we need to make education personalizable by the child, instead of personalized for the child.

About Yong Zhao

Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. He previously served as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education (2018), Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children (2018), Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes(2016), Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes (2015), Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (2009)and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (2012).


Guy Claxton - Emeritus Professor of University of Winchester; Visiting Professor of King’s College London (UK)

Guy Claxton

Teaching students to teach themselves: the Learning Power Approach

Traditional teaching methods may or may not be good for helping all students get good grades - but they run the risk of cultivating unfortunate attitudes towards learning. In a global job market that needs and rewards independent and adventurous thinkers, some schools are still turning out compliant, dependent test-takers. But over the last few years, new ideas about pedagogy have been emerging simultaneously in dozens of research and development groups around the world. We now know how to help our children get good grades in a way that also develops them as confident, powerful lifelong learners. This new way of teaching is called The Learning Power Approach - and anyone, in any school, with any kinds of students, can make it work.

About Guy Claxton

World-renowned cognitive scientist and emeritus Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Winchester, Guy Claxton has influenced educational theory and practice across the world. One of the UK's foremost thinkers on creativity, innovation, learning and the brain, in both business and education, he specialises in ways to expand young people’s appetite and capacity for learning. Guy is the author of more than twenty books with titles such as 'Building Learning Power' and 'What's the Point of School? inspiring thousands of teachers and parents to change the way they think about educating their kids.

Before taking up the same position at Winchester in 2008, Guy serves as emeritus Professor of the Learning Sciences at the University of Bristol Graduate School of Education. He has a ‘double first’ from Cambridge and a DPhil from Oxford, and is a Visiting Professor at King's College London, a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and an Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences. In 2013, Guy was listed in Most Influential Thinkers in HR Top 20.