UT-Austin College of Education Professor Travels to Scotland as Member of Its International Council of Education Advisers

Sep. 9, 2016

 

Portrait of Allison SkerrettAssociate Professor Allison Skerrett was recently appointed to Scotland’s International Council of Education Advisers by the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. The council includes 10 scholars from the United States, Canada, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, Singapore, and the UK. On August 31, Skerrett traveled to Scotland to participate in the council’s first set of meetings, which was held in Edinburgh. 

The council is meant to play a key role in advising the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, on improvements to the education system in Scotland. A priority is addressing the equity gap between students of different social backgrounds.

The group’s meetings with the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, and their visits to schools, garnered a great deal of media attention, including articles in the BBC and the Scotsman.

Says Skerrett, “I feel honored to be part of such an esteemed group of educational advisers. The Scottish education system has many great strengths, yet it recognizes the need for continuing improvement. I am most excited that the First Minister and the Scottish educational system have made equity in educational attainment for all students regardless of their background their top priority. This is an agenda that is very much in line with my teaching and research, and I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to achieving this goal.”