European Union Invites Experts on Skills and Competences to Contribute to Closed Survey

As part of the Europe 2020 Strategy for sustainable growth in the EU, the multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) was set up. The ambition is to develop within ESCO a portal for all occupations competencies profiles in 24 languages in order to enhance the common language and relation between the labour market and education, with education more focused on competencies needed, and employers more explicit in what competencies they are looking for when they have vacancies. This would also enhance labour mobility as people from abroad would find themselves qualified to enter the job market in another country.

However, that requires input from people in the field.

EUROCLIO and ESCO are calling upon you to register for a closed online English language survey about the preliminary results of the ESCO portal. If you or your organisation would like to contribute to the online consultation you can register one or more experts by 13 October 2015, on here.

Any question now or during the consultation process can be directed to Nuria Moyes education@esco-secretariat.eu

Join the Europeana Network Association Free of Charge and Benefit

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Europeana wants to make Europe’s cultural and scientific wealth available, accessible and useable for everyone and encourages active engagement of Europe’s cultural heritage resources. In 2014, EUROCLIO Founder and Special Advisor Joke van der Leeuw-Roord joined the Europeana Governance Structures. One of the results is this implemented strategy for a Network Association.

As Education is increasingly using the digital world as a learning environement, the Europeana digitized Collection is an important trans-border resource for education in general but certainly for history, heritage and citizenship education.

To make Europeana a truly democratic and representative network and to deliver the Europeana Strategy 2015-2020, it is important for education practitioners to join the Europeana Network Association in order to have a voice on Europeana’s policy on education and more.

The advantages to registering for the Network Association are multiple but here are some highlights:

As a member of the Europeana Network Association, you will have a say in how we run Europeana. Read what this entails on our blog. You will be able to:

Please access Europeana Network Association Registration page if you want to become a member.

If you want to participate in the decision making process during the first official Europeana general Assembly in early November (Members Council candidacy, Members Council elections and Business Planning 2016), you should confirm your free membership registration before September 30, 2015.

 

Welcome in the world of Europeana,

Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, Board Member Europeana Network Association

Association for Critical Heritage Studies Calls for Papers on ‘Co-production in heritage’

Call for Papers for the session ‘Co-production in heritage: towards new imaginaries’ to be held at the Association for Critical Heritage Studies, Third Biennial Conference in Montreal, 6th – 10th June 2016.

If you would like to contribute to this session, please submit an abstract (600 words) and a brief resume (300 words) through the conference website as soon as possible but no later than the 1 November 2015. A peer-review panel will make the final selection of papers. The peer-review committee is composed of the session organisers and representatives from the ACHS.

For questions on the submission process or any other matters please contact session organiser Bethany Rex, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle (UK) (b.rex@ncl.ac.uk)

Key dates: 1 November 2015 (deadline for abstracts), 31 August 2015 (registration opens), 1 April 2016 (registration deadline for presenters).

 

Involving communities, visitors or the public is frequently presented as one of the major tasks of museums and heritage sites in current global movements towards new collaborative paradigms (Golding and Modest, 2013; Watson and Waterton, 2011). Co-production is a highly current issue, and a proposed emancipatory solution to the authorized heritage discourse, which seemingly has reached a critical juncture. Scholarship has echoed calls from communities for more direct involvement in the presentation and management of heritage and material culture. However there is also a strong critique within the literature and a sense of dissatisfaction from professionals around the gap between the well-meaning rhetoric and practical realities – its effects have more often been tokenistic than transformative. This important critique has brought to the fore the issues of power and inequality in co-production, often drawing on the imagery of the ladder or spectrum of participation (Arnstein, 1969; Simon, 2010). It has also tended to optimistically re-employ these same critical modes to reimagine co-production practice.

This session invites new perspectives and new approaches to co-production that go beyond these strictly critical modes. The session aims to push the debate beyond the current focus of co-production debates which view co-production as something that takes place at various levels; the recognition of co-production as inevitably messy; and as meaning very different things to policymakers, practitioners and almost nothing to the ‘public’. We encourage papers to get up close to the recognised issues of power, hegemony and domination, but also beyond, in a ‘post-critical’ vein. This might include new languages, metaphors and imaginaries to address the roles, relations and stakes involved in the co-production of heritage, as well as approaches taken from a variety of disciplinary traditions. We therefore invite contributions drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives such as actor-network theory (Latour, 2005; Bennett, 2007), assemblage (Deleuze and Guatarri, 1987; Macdonald, 2009) and non-representational theory and affect (Thrift, 2010; Waterton 2014).

We invite theoretical and/or empirical contributions that explore the processes and practice of co-production along different terms to generate a richer understanding of the politics of co-production and its progressive possibilities for change. We particularly invite contributions focusing on professionals’ experience of co-production and their shifting understanding of expertise, knowledge practices and professional identities. With these issues in mind, we invite papers along (but not limited to) the following themes:

-how alternative framings of co-production change understandings of heritage;
-the merging of local knowledge/professional expertise;
-how knowledge and knowledge practices are constructed in empirical examples of co-production;

-how professional values/subjectivities are being challenged or altered in response to the imperative to co-produce;

-how emotion and feelings of belonging encourage co-production and/or co-management to flourish.

The format of the session will be 20 minute paper presentations followed by 10 minutes of questions from the audience.

If you would like to contribute to this session, please submit an abstract (600 words) and a brief resume (300 words) through the conference website as soon as possible but no later than the 1 November 2015. A peer-review panel will make the final selection of papers. The peer-review committee is composed of the session organisers and representatives from the ACHS.

For questions on the submission process or any other matters please contact session organiser Bethany Rex, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle (UK) (b.rex@ncl.ac.uk)

Key dates: 1 November 2015 (deadline for abstracts), 31 August 2015 (registration opens), 1 April 2016 (registration deadline for presenters).

Call for Registration: EDEN Open Classroom Conference in Athens

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Transform your school into an innovative learning organization at the EDEN Open Classroom Conference, Athens

The conference, which is free of charge, will be held the 18th-21st of September, 2015 in Athens, Greece, bringing together a community of educators and trainers from all levels to explore how digital skills makes education more innovative. Some of the themes include: ICT and digital media use in primary and secondary education; Learning experience and collaborative-collective learning patterns; Virtual reality, Games for learning, simulations, media rich solutions; and many more.

Register here before 15 September.

For more information and learn how to exploit digital skills and resources and make your teaching more innovative have a look at the Eden website.

Call for nominations for the Euromed Dialogue Award 2015

The tenth edition of the Euromed Dialogue Award for 2015, “Deconstructing stereotypes, reinforcing shared values,” has been launched. The bestowing ceremony of Award will take place in Luxembourg on the 28th of October, 2015. The Award will recognize the achievements of individuals and organisations leading the way in promoting Intercultural Dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Nominate candidates here. Please note that candidates for the Award must be based in one of the member countries of the Euro-Med Partnership.

The deadline for nomination proposals for the Award candidates is before the midnight of the 15th of September 2015 (Cairo time).

Qatar Hosts World Innovation in Education Summit 2015 on Education and Economy – Register Now

The 2015 WISE Summit “Investing for Impact: Quality Education for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth.” will convene November 3-5, 2015 in Doha and focus on the link between education and the economy. The sessions and plenaries will be designed around the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Education and the economy, and Fostering innovation in education systems. Examine topics, such as educational reform and innovation in the MENA region and Qatar and the importance of investing in early childhood development, further in the thematic sessions and collaborate with leading experts, innovators, and educational leaders. Apply for an Individual Delegate Package or a Group Delegate Package now on their website.

Call for Papers for Human Rights Education Conference in The Netherlands

Rights Education Conference on “Translating Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms to Today’s World.” will be held in Middelburg, 17-19 December, 2015. The Conference aims to support and promote the United Nations objectives in human rights education, to critically assess how human rights objectives in education are translated into practices, to highlight the role of specific actors in human rights education, and to assess the connection between Roosevelt’s four freedoms and human dignity today.

Participants are encouraged to submit their papers on the following themes: global trends in human rights education, analysing key actors in human rights education, current themes in human rights education, and the practice of human rights education.

The deadline for abstracts is September 6th, 2015 and should be sent to IHREC-2015@hrea.org.

For more information on the paper proposal and conference registration, visit their website.

Early bird registration for the conference ends October 15th, 2015.

Few Spots Left for European Peer Training Opportunity in Luxembourg; Apply Now!

The European Peer Training Organisation will be holding a 4-day seminar “Peer education: a springboard to employment”, 23-28 October 2015, in Luxembourg, to support young peer educators in their professional development in the field of peer education and beyond.

The main goals of the peer forum are to link generations of peer trainers and increase awareness on working possibilities in peer education, to provide concrete professional development opportunities for youth, to reflect on how to identify and value competences developed through peer education, to provide tools for advocating peer education, and to launch EPTO’s new certification process.

EPTO are encouraging applicants from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Estonia, Albania, Romania, Hungary, Luxembourg, Turkey, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, and Iceland. Applicants should be either youth workers who have been certified as EPTO peer trainers in the last 3 years or in the last 4-15 years, or young peer trainers working on projects in their local areas.

The extended deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 15th, 2015. To apply, fill out the online form here.

For further questions about the event of EPTO, contact: Catherine@epto.org.

Help the Council of Europe Develop a New Model of Competences – Survey out NOW

The Education Department of Council of Europe has developed a new theoretical model of the competences (i.e., the values, attitudes, skills, knowledge and understanding) that are required for democratic culture. The Education Department is now developing descriptors that can be used to assess the extent to which a learner has acquired these competences. Feedback from education professionals at all levels on descriptors for these competences are welcomed.

You can do this by completing a questionnaire through this link. This questionnaire is available in English, French, Russian, Georgian, Italian, Romanian and Spanish. German and Serbian will be added shortly.

We encourage you to participate in this questionnaire and influence the development of new theoretical models of the competences!

More information about this initiative and questionnaire can be found here: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/descriptors_en.asp

Register Now for EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Belfast

2016 marks the centenary of two important events in Northern Ireland History, namely the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. Both events have come to be seen as key moments in the history of both sides of a divided society. How these issues, amongst others, are taught can provide a number of obstacles for teachers to address. How can we teach controversial history in a responsible manner?

EUROCLIO (European Association of History Educators) is inviting you to register in the 23rd EUROCLIO Annual Conference Professional Development and Training Course on ‘Reimagining Remembrance. Dealing with the Legacy of a Violent Past in History and Heritage Education’ in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The conference will run from the 19th until 24th March 2016.

Educators from all over the world are invited to apply to participate in one of the most significant history education conferences in Europe.

The conference aims to explore this question through an active programme which will engage the participant in workshops, dialogue tables, open spaces, on-site study visits, public debates and reflective and interactive panels. The core group of teachers and heritage educators will be involved in activities that will empower them to engage their students and other target groups in critical debate from multiple perspectives. For questions please contact Aysel Gojayeva (Project Manager).

Visit the conference page for more information about the conference fee and practical information or download the preliminary programme below.