Call for trainers to give national trainings in Sharing European Histories

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Call for trainers to give national trainings in Sharing European Histories

Do you believe it is important to teach history that goes beyond national narratives?

Do you enjoy sharing experiences with colleagues from your country and giving workshops?

Do you want to come to EuroClio’s Annual Conference in Serbia?

Then we are looking for you!

The Evens Foundation and EuroClio will support six enthusiastic history educators to give a training based on the teaching strategies in the Sharing European Histories project.

The project

With the Sharing European Histories initiative, the Evens Foundation and EuroClio are seeking to support and disseminate innovative projects and pioneering teaching strategies that help young people (and by extension the general public) to understand the complexity and multiplicity of European history, and recognize how history can engage everyone in understanding Europe and their part within it.

The past is often a source of conflicting interpretations rather than easy consensus. Still, historical identity is central to relations between states and people in the here and now.
We believe that opening up a space to engage with the dissonant and often conflictual nature of European history is the first step in discovering common positions or overcoming divisions while acknowledging existing differences.

In response to our call for applications, we received a wide range of ideas and project proposals from all over Europe. In close consultation with an international expert group we selected and invited five individual contributors and two projects to further develop their ideas and projects.

The individual contributors are currently in the process of finalizing the teaching strategies they proposed to engage with European history, making them accessible and user-friendly for history educators across Europe. These strategies will be presented during the next EuroClio conference.

There are strategies that

  • Use object biographies to foster curiosity and underline the complexity of the past
  • Compare different representations of the same historical figures to put their historical significance in perspective.
  • Use personal life stories to demonstrate that people experience historical events or developments in different ways.
  • Analyse commemorative practices to understand the constructed nature of history.
  • Trace the roots of an idea to learn about the cause and consequence.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for history educators (teachers, teacher trainers, educators involved in the work of National History Teachers’ Associations) who:

  • have a genuine interest in teaching history that is transnational and multiperspective;
  • believe that there is, or should be a place for shared European histories in their national curricula;
  • have experience in training their peers in using new teaching strategies;
  • can participate to a train the trainer in April 2020;
  • are able to organise a training on the topic in their own country/region.

What do we offer?

We offer:

  • Participation to the train the trainer event on Thursday 2 April 2020 and the EuroClio Annual Conference Friday 3 and Saturday 4 April. These events will take place in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • accommodation for these nights.
  • coverage of the travel to and from Belgrade, Serbia, which is where the events will take place.
  • mentoring by a team of international and experienced trainers, who have been involved in the editing and development of the teaching strategies;
  • exclusive preview of the developed teaching strategies and training on their application by the developers themselves;
  • the opportunity to gain experience and organise a 1-day training event in your own country;
  • financial support up to 500 euro, to cover the costs this training event.

How to apply?

To apply, please send a CV and a Motivation Letter to katria@euroclio.eu. We will accept applications until Wednesday 5 February 2020.

Applicants can expect to hear from us by Friday 14 February 2020. Six applicants will be selected.

Selection process and criteria

The selection will be based on:

  • availability to join the train the trainer event;
  • relevant experience in teaching European histories;
  • working level of English;
  • ability to organise a training in the home country.

In addition, motivation, experience, geographical balance, gender balance will be taken into account.

Registrations are open for applicants from all Council of Europe member states. 

For additional information, please contact us at veronika@euroclio.eu.

To apply, please fill in the form that you can find below. Applications are open until Friday 31 January 2020.