Dr. Dirk Van Damme Welcomed to CCR

The Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) is very pleased to announce that Dr. Dirk Van Damme, formerly of the OECD, will join its ranks as Distinguished Senior Research Fellow, starting June 1, 2021.

Dr. Van Damme’s achievements are numerous:

  • He is, until May 31, 2021, Senior Counsellor and Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division (IMEP), which covers both the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and the Indicators of Educational Systems (INES) program in the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills. He has been leading and inspiring CERI’s innovative research portfolio for the past 13 years.
  • He holds a PhD in educational sciences from Ghent University (Belgium) and is professor of educational sciences in the same university (since 1995). He was also a part-time professor in comparative education at the Free University of Brussels (1997-2000) and visiting professor of comparative education at Seton Hall University, NJ, USA (2001-2008). He was general director of the Flemish Rectors’ Conference, the main advisory body for higher education policy in the Flemish part of Belgium, between 2000 and 2003.
  • He was professionally involved in educational policy development between 1992 and 2008 and served as chief of staff of Mr. Frank Vandenbroucke, Flemish minister of education between 2004 and 2008.
  • His current interests are evidence-based innovation in education, comparative analyses of educational systems, the science of learning, and knowledge management in education.

Charles Fadel, founder and chairman of the CCR, stated, “The ability of CCR to attract a world-class expert like Dirk is a comforting proof that CCR is on the right track in its “Education Engineering™” efforts. CCR is the only organization with an official partnership with CERI, and it makes a lot of sense to continue this harmonious relationship. This is also a deep pleasure for me very personally, as Dirk has been an inspiring colleague for a decade now, a fellow traveler and critical friend of CCR, and an empathic and profound force in education improvement around the world.”

Andreas Schleicher, director of OECD’s Directorate for Education and Skills, stated, “Dirk has been invaluable to the OECD, and since the CCR has provided important inspiration to OECD’s work on the future of education and curriculum design, I hope this new role will help to strengthen our collaboration further. I wish Dirk and CCR continued success, and will rejoice in continuing to interact with them at OECD meetings.”

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