From Policy to Practice: Outcomes of CASIE 2015

This document presents the outcomes of  the Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education (CASIE) 2015, which was centeredaround the theme of “Fostering an Enabling Environment for Teacher Innovation: From Policy to Practice”.  During the symposium, experts and Ministry of Education officials from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, addressed various enabling factors, including 1) comprehensive teacher development policies and programmes for quality and relevance, 2) the importance of school leadership in creating a conducive and sustainable environment for teachers, 3) the necessity of quality digital resources for teachers, and 4) the role of EMIS and education data in enhancing policy and supporting teachers.

Four areas emerged as priorities that require further support: 1) Developing/updating a strategic framework for ICT in education policy development and implementation (e.g. Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan); 2) strengthening teacher capacity based on the national ICT competency standards for teachers, together with robust monitoring and evaluation systems for teachers’ development and performance (e.g. Kazakhstan); 3) building/enhancing a national EMIS that collects, analyzes and disseminates educational data to inform policy development (e.g. Uzbekistan and Tajikistan); and 4) establishing a policy/technical mechanism to readily share open educational resources across the region (e.g. Uzbekistan).