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Noémie Le Donné
Senior Project Manager, Survey on Social and Emotional Skills
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD
), France


Dr Noémie Le Donné is senior project manager at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Born in France, she graduated from Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance and holds a doctorate degree in sociology from Sciences Po Paris.

Noémie Le Donné joined the OECD in 2014 and has since been a pivotal figure in the Directorate for Education and Skills. She has significantly contributed to international large-scale assessments, including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), which have influenced education policy worldwide. She currently leads OECD’s work on social and emotional skills at the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). She is responsible for two key projects: the OECD’s Survey on Social and Emotional Skills (SSES) and a new research project named “Rethinking Assessment of Social and Emotional Skills”.
As an accomplished author, Noémie Le Donné has published numerous research papers and policy briefs on teacher policies, student academic achievement and social and emotional skills. Her work is widely recognized for its insightful and rigorous approach, shaping education reforms across the globe.

Beyond her OECD role, Noémie Le Donné is a staunch advocate for social and educational equity -  she is a member of the national advisory board on equity to the French Ministry of Education. Noémie Le Donné's dedication continues to leave a lasting impact on the field of education.

Keynote Address: Assessing and Developing Students’ Social and Emotional Skills


Social and emotional skills have become a major topic of interest for policymakers, researchers, and education professionals. There is a growing body of research showing that social and emotional skills are: necessary for academic learning; significant predictors of labour market and employment outcomes; strongly related to individual’s health and well-being; and key ingredients of peaceful and prosperous democracies. As research also points to the malleability and teachability of these skills, education systems eagerly look for best practices to include social and emotional learning into schooling. 

OECD has been a forerunner with the design and implementation of the first large-scale international survey on the topic: the Survey on Social and Emotional Skills (SSES). SSES generates critical cross-country comparative evidence about how students’ social and emotional skills relate to important life outcomes and how their development might be fostered or hindered by family, school and societal factors.

The presentation will first present OECD’s method to measure social and emotional skills and what countries and cities have learnt from the SSES. The presentation will then argue that schools are perfect hubs for social and emotional learning, provided teachers are ready for this task. 

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