World Education Reform Database Mini Workshop

February 1st, 2024 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm PST

The World Education Reform Database (WERD) research group held a virtual mini-workshop on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at Stanford University. Patricia Bromley, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education and the Doerr School of Sustainability and faculty director at PACS, opened the workshop with an overview of the WERD project. The workshop also featured the work of postdoctoral scholars, Jared Furuta and Lisa Overbey, doctoral students, Minju Choi, Heitor Santos, Jieun Song, Tom Nachtigal, and Marcia Yang, as well as research by Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor of Comparative and International Education at Teacher’s College, Columbia and Rie Kijima, Assistant Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto. The workshop was supported by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS).  

For more information on the WERD project and to access the WERD dataset, please visit www.werd.world.


9:00 – 9:10am             Welcome and Introduction – Patricia Bromley

9:10 – 9:45 am            “Comparing Against a Global Script”—Gita Steiner-Khamsi

9:45 – 10:00 am          “Data as the New Panacea: Trends in Global Education Reforms, 1970-2018” – Tom Nachtigal

10:00 – 10:15 am        “Education Reform and Nation-State Expansion, 1960-2018” – Heitor Santos

10:15 – 10:30 am        “The Rise of National Quality Reform Discourse, 1960-2018” – Lisa Overbey

10:30 – 10:45 am        Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:00am         “A Piece of the Puzzle: Effects of PISA and TIMSS Participation on Rates and Types of Reform” – Marcia Yang

11:00 – 11:15 am        “Global Trends in Centralization of the Curricula, 1945-2020” – Jared Furuta

11:15 – 11:30 am        “Incorporation of the Marginalized in World Education Reform, 1960-2019″ – Jieun Song

11:30 – 11:45am         “The Global Construction of Early Childhood in Education Reform Discourse, 1960-2019” and “Education Reforms and Regime Types” – Minju Choi

11:45am – 12:00pm   “Global Assessments and Education Reforms” and Closing Discussion– Rie Kijima