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School in Context: Social Capital and Community Engagement

*recommended age

Dates: June 22–25, 2020

Application deadline: May, 1.
The list of participants, whose applications will be approved by the Programme Committee will be known not later than 15th of May.

Language: English, simultaneous translation will be provided

Venue: Moscow, HSE Institute of Education

Fee: No.
But the cost of participation for individuals enrolled in the Summer School on Advanced Training Course - 5000 rubles.

Accommodation: Participants will arrange their own accommodation

Opportunity for grants: We will announce additionally

The program includes two tracks, research and practical ones, 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 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 select, analyze contextual data, and assess efficiency, resilience and segregation in school education. We will study the world's flagship projects, such as the "passports" of countries and regions, maps that allow visualizing social and territorial inequalities.

On the practical track, we will learn to mesure, analize and use social capital of school. We are to 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. By looking into the most relevant success stories from Russia and other nations, we will learn how to form social capital and find resources even in a complex social context and how to become centers of sociocultural development of the territories. Among the cases are VNEN project and SIB project in Khangalas Ulus in Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

The separate workshops will alternate with general lectures and round tables thanks to which participants will gain insight into contemporary social capital studies, the role of context and inequality in education.

When filling out the application, please choose the most preferred track for you. 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
  • Russian and foreign graduate students
  • 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.


The detailed program will be available later.

Daily schedule

10.00 - 10.30 Coffee break

10.30 - 12.00 Key Lecture

12.00 - 13.00 Discussion

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.20 Lecture on a track

15.20 - 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 - 16.50 Guided Practice Session on a track

16.50 - 17.00 Coffee break

17.00 - 18.00 Reflection, day closing remarks




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