Learning to Disagree – Professional Training for History teachers

EUROCLIO Opportunities

Are you a History teacher in secondary education? Do you see controversial topics as a challenge, and are you eager to tackle them with your students?

Or, have you found yourself avoiding a controversial historical issue in the classroom because of the lack of educational resources to teach it properly? Then, the Learning to Disagree training will be an ideal opportunity for you to be introduced to new pedagogical techniques and teaching styles.

Learning to Disagree is a Professional Training and Development Course for history teachers, which will take place during the upcoming months in 12 countries:

Estonia 15 and 19 March 2020

United Kingdom Summer 2020

France 29/04/2020 and 15/05/2020

Hungary 07/03/2020 (Budapest) and 12/03/2020 (Miskolc)

Spain 21/05/2020

Slovakia 21/03/2020

Slovenia 16/04/2020

Croatia 24/05/2020

Italy Date to be confirmed

Bulgaria 24 and 25 April 2020 (Sofia)

Greece May 2020

Turkey 9/05/2020 and 06-07 April 2020 (Edremit, Turkey)

Contents of the training

A set of specifically designed educational material dealing with difficult historical and political topics. It is divided into four thematics: Borders (including Separatism and Annexation), Surviving Under Pressure (including Famine and War), People on the Move, and Cultural Heritage. The selection of the material that will be used in the training will vary in each training. The lessons are designed based on a concept called Variety of Viewpoints; a collection of contrasting quotes from politicians, journalists, and locals, on which the students are asked to comment.

A series of engaging educational activities structured around debate and dialogue. A prominent example is the fishbowl method, in which a circle of students discusses in the center of the classroom and the rest of the students act as observers and journalists, who later comment on the quality of the discussion. You will learn how to facilitate these activities in the classroom, according to your students' needs.

Innovative lessons require innovative assessment too. In this training you will learn how to assess the results of the activities that are focused on debate and dialogue, both for each student individually, and as a group experience. You will learn how to monitor students' civic competences.

A presentation of the Learning to Disagree project findings regarding what is needed in policy to further promote democratic values and mutual respect in education.

You can join

All trainings will be in the national language of each country.

Participation is free but a registration to the training is needed. Stay tuned for the announcement of exact dates and places. Please keep in mind that the amount of participants may be limited.

 

 

The Learning to Disagree trainings are part of the Learning to Disagree Project

Call for contributions for the 2020 HRC report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to education – Cultural dimension of the right to education

Andreas Holtberget Opportunities

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to Education, Ms. Koumbou Boly Barry, is currently preparing a thematic report on the cultural dimension of the right to education. It will address how education systems can provide inclusive and quality education while reflecting and enabling the flourishing of cultural diversity and the cultural rights of each person.

Considering the many links with cultural rights, the Special Rapporteur invites organisations working on cultural rights to consider answering to the attached questionnaire, and will welcome your contributions in this discussion.

The deadline is 20 February. Replies should be sent by email to sreducation@ohchr.org in word format and a maximum of 2500 words in English, French or Spanish. See attachments for the questionnaire and more info.

Podcast: Handy History Teaching Tips

Andreas Holtberget Opportunities

Handy History Teaching Tips are conversational podcasts designed to help history teachers with tips, examples and ideas about history teaching. Sally Thorne is a head of department and senior examiner. EuroClio Ambassador Helen Snelson was a head of department and now trains history teachers.  With many years' teaching experience, both regularly write resources and present at conferences. Proudly history specific and practical in their approach, the podcast aims at becoming something of a problem page for history teachers.

Be sure to listen in and if you’re wrestling with something particularly tricky and need some help, drop them an email at handyhistoryteachingtips@gmail.com!

Georg Arnhold International Summer Conference – The Potential of Education for Integration

Veronika Budaiová Opportunities

Georg Arnhold International Summer Conference in Berlin, Germany | June 22-26, 2020

The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) is pleased to announce the call for papers for this year’s Georg Arnhold International Summer School, which will take place in Berlin, Germany, from 22 to 26 June 2020.

This year’s conference will examine the interaction between education and the social integration of
migrants, refugees and displaced persons, (national) minorities and indigenous societies. Participants
will discuss integration concepts that accommodate regional differences in education systems,
resources and social conditions.

You can find the complete call for papers and information about the application at:
http://www.gei.de/en/fellowships-awards/georg-arnhold-program/summer-conference.html

Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 23, 2020.

The Evens Education Prize 2020

Katria Tomko Opportunities

For the 2020 Evens Education Prize we are looking for inspiration and new ideas to foster the motivation and abilities to think critically about social questions.

To counteract the fact that practice and research are often two worlds apart, the new Evens Education Prize, Critical Thinking as a Practice of Freedom, invites applications in two categories:

  • Embedded practices that support critical thinking about social questions
  • Scholarly but practice-oriented work that furthers our understanding of practices, pedagogies, curricula or projects that foster critical thinking, and the conditions in which education for critical thinking can thrive

The call is open to a broad variety of practices implemented in institutional and non-institutional spaces by teachers, scholars, students, educators, youth workers, artists, civil society organizations, citizen groups etc. This includes formal, non-formal and community-based education for youth as well as adults.

Selection criteria for jury deliberations

Ideally, the practice or research:

  • understands diversity in its broadest sense, emphasizing differences not only between but also within groups;
  • focuses on both the motivation and the development of intellectual dispositions and abilities to think critically and on the integration of imagination and emotional growth;
  • values the process of thinking and learning together;
  • reflects on the different and sometimes conflicting conceptions of critical thinking held by participants from diverse backgrounds;
  • takes the particularity of each context into account while at the same time working towards the sustainable development of critical thinking ability and motivation across contexts.

The Evens Foundation, aware of the ambitiousness of the criteria, invites candidates who meetsome but not (yet) all of the criteria above, especially if efforts are being made to meet more of these criteria in the future.

Formal criteria (must be fulfilled)

  • Only applicants based and operating in Europe* can participate.
  • Only ongoing or recent (initiated in the past two years) practices and research are eligible.
  • The laureates of the prize must be willing to take part in future projects of the Evens Foundation related to the focus of the prize, in particular regarding the dissemination of the winning practice or research.

If you would like to apply, please read the Call for Applications carefully, download and fill in the Application Form and send it to Marjolein Delvou by 15 March at the latest.

Learn more about the opportunity and apply via the links below. 

Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2020: call for nominations

EUROCLIO Opportunities

Strasbourg, 15.01.2020 – The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, has today issued a call for nominations for the 2020 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

The Prize, created in 2013, aims to reward outstanding civil society action in defending human rights in Europe and beyond. Candidates should have made a real difference to the human rights situation of a given group, been instrumental in uncovering large-scale systemic violations, or have successfully mobilised public opinion or the international community for a cause.

The deadline for submitting nominations is 30 April 2020. Nominations should be sent to the Parliamentary Assembly by e-mail to the following address: hrprize.pace@coe.int, using the form available on the Prize website. They should be signed by at least five sponsors and submitted in either English or French.

The Prize, which will be awarded on 12 October 2020 in Strasbourg, consists of a sum of €60,000, a trophy and a diploma.

Since 2013, it has been awarded in turn to Ales Bialiatski (Belarus), Anar Mammadli (Azerbaijan), Ludmilla Alexeeva (Russian Federation), Nadia Murad (Iraq), Murat Arslan (Turkey) and Oyub Titiev (Russian Federation). Last year, the Prize was awarded jointly to imprisoned Uyghur intellectual Ilham Tohti from China and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR), which brings together young people from across the Balkans to promote reconciliation.

Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize

Video

Prague conferences in honour of the Laureates 

 

For further information, please contact:

Call for trainers to give national trainings in Sharing European Histories

Veronika Budaiová Opportunities

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.

HistoCON 2020 75 years after WWII: Peace under Construction?

EUROCLIO Opportunities
To commemorate the end of World War II, the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung will be organizing the histoCON 2020 in Berlin,Germany, from the 6th to the 9th of May 2020. 500 young people aged between 18 and 35 from around the world will be invited to this festival to learn about and discuss new perspectives on war and post-war events.

The histoCON 2020 combines two events for two different target groups in one location: the„Newcomers“, and the „Young Professionals“. The explicit intention of the histoCON 2020 is not only to commemorate World War II but also to consider the implications for the present and future. Our event will be subdivided into three focal points concentrating on "After the Holocaust", "Global Memories of War" and "Hopes for Peace, Liberty and Human Rights".

They are looking for:

Workshops in various formats such as fishbowls, panel discussions, lectures, open spaces, cultural and artistic workshops, excursions, city tours etc. as well as proposals for the Cultural Side Program such as readings, film screenings, concerts, theatre performances, art performances, dance performances etc.

  • that focus on one of the three topics of the concept paper
  • which are aimed at one or more target groups from the concept paper
  • which especially contribute transnational / transregional perspectives
  • which use notably interactive / innovative / creative methods
  • which use English as working language
 
The deadline to apply is January 10th.
 
For more information, visit: http://www.bpb.de/veranstaltungen/format/festival/301276/histocon-202075-years-after-wwii-peace-under-construction

Teaching About Contested International Issues: An Introduction to Brown University’s Choices Program

Brown University’s Choices Program invites educators to join a two-day, introductory immersion workshop on their curriculum and approach for teaching about contested international issues.

9:00 am — 3:30 pm at The American School of Barcelona (Spain)

Brown's inquiry approach to controversial issues—both current and historical—will support your students to:

build historical thinking skills such as sourcing, contextualization and chronological reasoning;
create persuasive arguments;
analyze evidence to determine fact from opinion;
build consensus across differences to sharpen civic literacy skills.

This interactive workshop is appropriate for middle and high school history, social studies, and humanities teachers, including AP and IB educators.

Learn more and register on choices.edu

Making sense of history – call for papers

EUROCLIO Opportunities

HisLit - Historical literacy practices in Finnish general upper secondary schools is organizing conference "Making sense of history” at the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland) in June 4-5, 2020.

Making sense of history seeks to strengthen research on history pedagogy by furthering cooperation between history education practice and research. Scholars and practitioners interested in the pedagogy of history in both schools and universities are invited to submit proposals that address the learning, teaching and researching of history in schools, universities, and, more generally, society. We encourage submissions from teachers who specialize in history or social science education, as well as from graduate students and scholars.

We invite proposals for presentations, panels and workshops on a variety of relevant topics, including (but not limited to) the following questions:

  • How do we teach historical thinking and skills-based history to students?
  • How can educators support the teaching and learning of skills-based history and historical thinking?
  • How to teach multiliteracies in history?
  • What kinds of skills are needed in learning history and developing historical thinking?
  • How can new platforms (social media, digital archives, etc.) support the development of historical thinking?
  • How can we assess students’ historical thinking and its development?
  • What innovative pedagogical methods exist for teaching history?

You can find full Call for Papers and Sessions here: http://hislit.fi/teho2020en/.

Detailed instructions on how to submit a proposal for a presentation, workshop or panel can be found here: http://hislit.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Submission-Instructions-TEHO2020.pdf

The website also has information about hotels http://hislit.fi/teho2020-accommodation-info/ and about how to arrive at Jyväskylä http://hislit.fi/how-to-get-to-jyvaskyla/

Keynote lectures at the conference will be given by Carla von Boxtel (University of Amsterdam) and Minna-Riitta Luukka (University of Jyväskylä), both leading scholars in their respective fields.

Proposal materials must be submitted by 12.1.2020. Please send all materials to e-mail address teho2020@jyu.fi.