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School in Context: Social Capital and Community Engagement

*recommended age
Event ended

Dates: June 22–25, 2020

Application deadline: Due to the measures introduced in Russia on account of coronavirus we regret to cancel the summer school this year

Language: English, simultaneous translation will be provided

Venue: Moscow, HSE Institute of Education

Fee: No.

Accommodation: Participants will arrange their own accommodation

Opportunity for grants: We will announce additionally

The program includes research and practical tracks, that combine theory and practice on the question of how the quality of learning is affected by the social environment of the school. Leading experts are going to talk about best practices for assessing the role of context and how to strengthen the school's capacity through interaction with the social environment. On the research track, we will learn to analyze contextual data, assess efficiency, resilience and segregation in general education. We will have overview of world's flagship projects, such as the "school passports" of countries and regions, maps that provide visual information on social and territorial inequalities.

On the practical track, we will a) learn to mesure, analize and use social capital; b) master the tools for development the partnership of schools with local communities and families, explore the possibilities of networking with additional education centers, colleges and universities; с) look at different issues on educational projects implementation. By looking into the most relevant projects, we will learn how schools can form social capital, find resources and become centers of sociocultural development of the territories even in an adverse contexts. Among the cases are VNEN project and SIB project in Khangalas Ulus in Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Practical workshops will alternate with keynote lectures and round tables. At workshops, participants will be able to gain practical knowledge on how to conduct research and implement educational projects.

When filling out the application, please tell us about your track preferences. It is important for us to understand the distribution of participants among the sessions.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.


Basic data skills, willingness to work with English-language texts, research or work experience in education system.

Who it is suitable for:

  • Heads of organizations and education authorities at the municipal and regional levels
  • Specialists of regional centers for quality assessment (monitoring) of education
  • Researchers of school and social context
  • Employees of non-profit organizations focused on the development of education and the local community.

Research questions:

  • The relationship between educational outcomes and context, how to take it into account in educational policy
  • What is social capital: how to measure and how to work with
  • School social partnership in different contexts.


Due to the measures introduced in Russia on account of coronavirus, we regret to cancel the summer school this year. Please, stay in touch for the further information on the summer school 2021.




Michael Woolcock

Lead Social Scientist, Development Research Group, World Bank, Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Nguyen Vinh Hien

The Chairperson of VIGEF Management Board

Gregory Palardy

Associate Professor, University of California

Ger Graus

Visiting professor at the Institute of Education Higher School of Economics, global director of education at KidZania

Ivan Smirnov

Head of Laboratory of Computational Social Sciences


Documents to submit

  • Application Form;
  • CV in English or Russian;
  • Motivation letter (max 2000 characters in Russian or in English).

For all questions, please contact:
Roman Zvyagintsevrzvyagincev@hse.ru