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The Future is Now!

Co-creating meaningful education
The 5-6th of June 2019 - Pre-conference June 4, 2019
Hogeschool de Kempel, The Netherlands

Program Overview

Unique pre-conference, June 4
13.30: Pre-conference: Social Construction in Education (Loek Schoenmakers, NED)
16.00: Social Gathering

How different educational change processes become when we use the ideas of social construction. Re humanizing educational change processes, where every voice is appreciated as important, seems to build strong and sustainable networks. Involving the whole school community for building better and hopeful educational futures leads to wards change processes we believe in. Relational trust is the product of this working together. Over and over again I experience in my daily work as facilitor for educational change that this leads to an increase of unexpected ideas of many, which simply strengthens the change process as a whole. It is this which makes the change experience a 'we' adventure.
Together we will explore education and the effects of Social construction. Social Constructionism is a theoretical movement that brings an alternative philosophical assumption regarding reality construction and knowledge production. It is concerned with the ways in which knowledge is historically situated and embedded in cultural values and practices. According to this approach, meanings are socially constructed via the coordination of people in their various encounters; therefore, it is always fluid and dynamic. This workshop introduces cutting edge ideas and concepts on learning processes inspired by Social Constructionist philosophical approach.

Loek Schoenmakers (1961), Ph.D., currently works as an educational specialist in the Netherlands, Aruba, Suriname, Slowakia, Czech republic, and Belgium. 37 years of experience within education as teacher, school leader, school advisor, trainer, teacher trainer, coach and educational specialist. Based on his working experiences in various roles and his research based on social constructionism (2011), he strongly believes that interconnectedness and the centering of the human element within educational change processes are crucial for sustainability. Studied at Nottingham University (MA, 2001) Educational Change and School Improvement; promoted at Tilburg University and Taos Institute (Ph.D., 2011) with Sustainable Educational Change is being in Relation.
Program June 5, 2019
08.15: Registration
09.00: Opening Keynote: We Are the Future! (The Youth)
09.15: Welcome
09.45: Keynote: Co-creating Meaningfull Education for the Future (Kenneth Gergen, USA)
10.30: Coffee-break
11.00: Showcases (round 1)
12.00: Lunch
12.45: Showcases (round 2)
13.45: Break
14.00: Keynote: Future Oriented Education (Rachel Bolstad, NZL)
14.45: Showcases (round 3)
15.45: Coffee-break
16.00: Showcases (round 4)
17.00: Reception
18.00: Diner and Evening Programme 
19.30: Closing
Program June 6, 2019
08.15: Registration
09:00: Moonshots: TedTalk (Yvonne van Hest, NED)
09.15: Welcome
09.45: Keynote: Youth no longer has the Future - They are! (Jos Eussen, NED)
10.30: Coffee-break
11.00: Showcases (round 5)
12.00: Lunch
12.45: Showcases (round 6)
13.45: Break
14.00: Keynote: Teacher Change Agents (Monique van der Heijden, Netherlands)
14.45: Showcases (round 7)
15.45: Coffee-break
16.00: Showcases (round 8)
17.00: Reception
18.00: Closing and Farewell