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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


The conference focusses on three important areas:
Teaching and Learning
Many schools and school boards are already re-designing their education in successful ways. They realize the challenges of a rapidly changing world, and are engaged in exciting innovations.What can we learn from these creative initiatives? What can we learn from schools that now employ collaborative learning, dialogue, and shared leadership for establishing sustainable change? And what can we learn from our students? How can curriculum and pedagogy be tied to global flows of information, the demands for flexible and creative skills, and the challenges of the unknown, the flows of peoples across the lands, and the rapid changes in culture life? How are we to develop sensitivity to the multiple realities and values now circulating in the world? How can education reflect the needs and values of multiple stakeholders, rather requiring all to fit in a predetermined system? How can we deploy resources more flexibly to meet learners’ needs? How can teachers and learners work together in a ‘knowledge building”? How can we draw on the strengths and knowledge of all in order to support learning?

Possible Topics:
 future oriented curricula; 21st century skills/learning; ownership of learning processes; personalizing learning; students as learning partners; partnership with parents; uses of technology; project based learning; working with diversity and inclusion; collaborative knowledge building; re-thinking assessment and evaluation.
Leadership and Administration
Developing future oriented learning systems asks for a paradigm shift in how we think about lschool leadership. Current managerial policies along with top-down leadership practices are inadequate to confronting the chaotic currents of change now in motion. Collaborative and collective efforts are essential to create meaningful learning. Closer connections must be developed between schools and communities, between schools and technological innovation, and among schools across cultural divides. Schools must become learning communities without borders. Educators will need to be able to collaborate with other people who can provide specific kinds of expertise. There is current discussion of unbundling schools. Unbundling is defined as a process in which innovators de-construct established structures and routines and reassemble them through collective processes in newer, smarter ways. It involves multiple ideas and practices coming together in ways that could ‘re-bundle’ learning and teachers to better reflect the context and demands of the 21st century world. What can we learn from innovations now in motion, in educational institutions and in organizations more generally?

Possible Topics:
 collaboration between schools, policy makers, and researchers; learning communities; networking; communities of practice; system level learning; capacity building; shared leadership; distributed leadership; collective learning; professional development of teachers; whole system change; reform design teams; students, teachers and school leaders as change agents; partnerships between schools; inter-cultural learning; new approaches to evaluating teachers and schools.
Teacher Training
The Future is Now. That also affects the education of teachers. Needed are teachers who are prepared for the emerging challenges. How can we prepare for an unknown future? What pedagogical skills are needed to participate in collaborative and dialogic educational processes? What can we learn from each other? How can teachers become change agents for the future? How can we ‘rebundle” our teacher training systems? What capacities or competencies are needed to deal with new situations and environments, Do we need to develop new and and more useful conceptions of knowledge? Besides this we need to rethink our ideas about how our learning systems are organized, resourced, evaluated and supported. This all effects our teachers-in-training.

Possible Topics:
 Future oriented teacher training; mentoring in schools; re-thinking teachers and learners roles; blended learning; action research potentials; new forms of assessment; personal leadership, action learning, professional agency, learning partners.