CIDREE Expert Meeting, Stockholm, September 2nd – 3rd, 2015
The meeting was held at the Swedish National Agency for Education (NAE) and started with a short welcome-speech by General Director/Incoming President Anna Ekström followed by an introduction by Eva Minten.
The aim of the meeting was to raise the quality of education and promote innovative teaching and learning. Some of the questions to be discussed were the following: How do the CIDREE countries face pupil participation? To which extent do the pupils take responsibility for their own outcome? What is it that teachers do to make the pupils feel engaged and motivated? Which are the tools they use? How do the schools evaluate these soft skills? How does pupil participation correspond with other CIDREE-projects, for example Assessment for learning?
We discussed and analyzed pupil participation as a fundamental component for individual learning and how this participation is articulated in the everyday life in schools within the participating countries.
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CIDREE Expert Meeting, Graz, May 21st - 22nd, 2015
Inclusive Education in European Countries
“All children and young people of the world, with their individual strengths and weaknesses, with their hopes and expectations, have the right to education. It is not our education systems that have a right to a certain type of child. Therefore, it is the school system of a country that must be adjusted to meet the needs of all its children” (Bengt Lindqvist, UN Special Rapporteur).
Inclusive Education is an issue for most countries and many of them have already developed strategies for the implementation of inclusion in their school system. Inclusion has many facets and focuses on equal access to education as well as equal opportunities to succeed and flourish for all. Many of the CIDREE member institutions are among others dealing with the question “How do countries meet individual, social and learning needs to enable learners to reach their potential?”. Special focus was put on the implementation strategies on policy level for e.g. inclusive regions. Therefore an expert meeting on this topic was held in Graz/Austria on 21st/22nd May 2015 as a first step of co-operation, which might result in a collaborative project later on.
The meeting aimed at exchanging experience in the field of inclusion, of course connected to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as far as the school system is concerned. Our primary interests focused on
- the formal status of SEN in an inclusive system,
- the allocation of extra resources for children with SEN,
- the (change of) roles of special schools,
- quality aspects of inclusive education in a regular school system,
- dealing with different types of disabilities (sensory, social-emotional, physical, severe and multiple disabilities),
- the role of advisory centers or similar institutions
13 experts from 9 countries came to Graz to give a presentation about the situation in their respective system touching those aspects. Participating countries were Albania, Hungary, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, and the host Austria. After the presentations of strategies and experiences in different countries plenary discussions about the different and many times also similar approaches to implementing an inclusive system were held. As a final activity during the expert meeting small teams of two countries drew conclusions and outlined the lessons learned. A compilation of presentations and additional material will be provided for all participants and interested member institutions.
CEC Meeting Tartu 2015
CIDREE Executive Club Meeting, Tartu
June 10-11, 2015
On June 10/11, 2015 the directors of CIDREE member institutions met in Tartu for their yearly exchange on director’s level.
Their fruitful discussions touched on various subjects, such as the strategic direction of CIDREE, common activities and the yearbook. They also welcomed the straplines and priorities worked out by the National Coordinators at their meeting in March, which will be worked into the forthcoming website developments. Furthermore, they came up with ideas for raising awareness of how CIDREE adds to education in Europe and of how to promote CIDREE at the European level.
As an additional item for their meeting, the Estonian host had organized a presentation by Dr. Äli Leijen, Head of the Institute of Education, University of Tartu on Guiding student teachers’ construction of action-oriented knowledge, which was followed by a lively discussion.