27th EuroClio Annual Conference and Professional Development and Training Course

Update: New dates announced – The Annual Conference will take place from 10 to 14 November 2020

The Annual Conference will take place from 10 to 14 November 2020, in Belgrade, Serbia.

The Annual Conference was originally planned for 31 March – 4 April, but had to be postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

We will host the Conference at the original venue: Hotel M, in Bulevar Oslobođenja 56a, Belgrade.

We believe we will be able to hold the conference in the newly set dates, and are planning accordingly. We will, however, monitor the situation closely and will keep any registered participant up to date should there be any further developments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We aim to keep the new Conference programme as close to the original as possible and will update it as we get speakers’ confirmations.

Controversy and Disagreement in the classroom

We are delighted and honoured to present the 27th EuroClio Annual Conference on “Controversy and Disagreement in the Classroom”. The Conference, which is organised in cooperation with UDi, the Serbian History Teachers' Association, and Education for the 21st Century, will take place in Belgrade, Serbia, 10-14 November 2020. The Conference will incorporate the final training of the Learning to Disagree project.

In a time of growing division, where intolerance creates an “us-versus-them” attitude among social groups, it is essential for students to learn how to deal with controversial subjects, and how to cope with a variety of viewpoints and disagreements. And therefore it is also important that teachers include methods of dialogue, debate and discussion in their lessons, and deal with controversies.

  • Healthy democratic societies are those in which people know how to argue without resorting to harm and violence. Through dialogue, debate and discussion young people can learn to develop listening and speaking skills to argue well. This helps them to become active and responsible democratic citizens.
  • Many countries are experiencing a growing diversity in their classrooms, as societies are growing more diverse. Students should learn how to deal with this diversity of people and plurality of ideas and viewpoints in the world around them.
  • History is always contested, with discussion and debate at its heart. Young people can learn to challenge, explore and test the evidence-base of claims so that they are able to distinguish valid historical interpretations from historical perspectives.
  • Using dialogue, debate and discussion gives students voice. They learn that there are many evidence-based opinions and have the opportunity to participate.
  • Schools are a great place to try these methods outs, as they should be safe learning environments in which young people can test out ideas and explore new thinking, change their views and critically evaluate their own values and attitudes without fear of judgment. At the same time it offers an opportunity to teach them how to respectfully disagree.
  • Dealing with controversial issues provides a good way to directly connect with students’ lives and with the outside world (outside the safe school environment). Ignoring them would mean ignoring the realities in many students’ lives.

The 27th EuroClio Annual Conference will consist of active workshops, panel discussions, interactive sessions, cultural visits, on-site learning activities, intercultural events. During these activities, teachers will be introduced to the topics of People on the Move, Borders, Surviving under Pressure and Cultural Heritage, and will reflect on how to assess pupils’ social and civil competences through debate, dialogue, and discussion on these topics. In addition, they will be introduced to the new features of the eLearning portal Historiana.eu, especially relating to the eActivity builder.

 

At a glance:

Location Belgrade, Serbia
Cost Early Bird Fee (Individual Members, until 15 December) 425 EUR, including dinners

Full Fee – 525 EUR

Day Fee – 105 EUR

Duration of the training 5 days
Topics touched upon Migration, borders, freedom of speech, disinformation, human rights, contemporary history, role of debate & discussion, cultural heritage
Eligible for KA1 funding YES
Certificate for Participants? YES
Participants expected Approximately 150

International Training Seminar 2020

The Industrial Revolution – a Key Moment in European History

Exact dates to be confirmed

The Fall training of 2020 will deal with a key moment in European History: the Industrial Revolution. By dealing with the Industrial Revolution in different countries throughout Europe, and especially by comparing and contrasting how it came about and was perceived in each country, pupils can identify commonalities in the history of European states, thus understanding that European History dates earlier than 1957. During this weekend training, participants will discuss on how to teach the Industrial Revolution in the broader context of European history.

The training will consist of active workshops, interactive sessions, panel discussions, and a visit to the House of European History. In addition, teachers will be introduced to the Changing Europe unit on Historiana.eu, which sets the European Union in the historical context and underlines the ideals and dilemmas that are at the basis of European past and current affairs.

Location Brussels, Belgium
Training Fee To be confirmed
Duration of the training 2 days over the weekend (you must arrive the Friday before)
Topics touched upon The Industrial Revolution and Modern History, economics, the use of ICT in the classroom, globalisation, ethics, cultural heritage, history of Science and Technology
Eligible for KA1 funding YES
Certificate for Participants YES
Participants expected 25

Extra Information

Additional information on the Summer School will be available soon.

Aims

Programme

Logistics and Fees

 

Limited places available!

There are limited places available, so we recommend you to keep this page monitored and register to the EuroClio Newsletter to be always up to date!

Contact

For further information or any questions or inquiries you can contact the seminar organizer Judith Geerling. We are looking forward to your registration.

Berlin Social Justice Education Conference

Charlotte Pontifell Opportunities
Rose Reiken and Sydney Eisenberg — Humanity in Action Fellows, US university students, and educators — are hosting a professional development workshop from June 5-7 in Berlin for history teachers that introduces a pedagogical approach from an American nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves. Facing History encourages students to think critically about social difference and consider their own capabilities to influence society through learning history. You can learn more about their model here and their work globally here. At this workshop, they will provide meaningful training and materials about teaching history, specifically focused on Holocaust education and how it can shift to engage students generations apart from survivors in an increasingly diverse European context. This workshop will be conducted in English and is generously supported by Humanity in Action and Foundation EVZ. Their goal is to empower teachers with practical, pedagogical approaches that promote engagement, empathy, and intellectual curiosity from students. Please fill out this form https://forms.gle/Kn2D9apCRFtJjMTJ6 if you are interested in attending. You can reach out to Rose (rar2192@barnard.edu) and Sydney (sydneyei@umich.edu) with any questions. Thank you!
  • The conference is primarily targeted to German teachers, but teachers from across Europe are more than welcome to attend! The vast majority of the program will be applicable to any context, not only German. (The German specific work will be in visiting sites or hearing speakers from a German/Berlin context, which should still be interesting to other European educators!) The conference will be entirely in English, so attendees should be comfortable English speakers.
  • The final deadline to register will be May 15th.  As of now, interested teachers should fill out the form from the blurb (https://forms.gle/Kn2D9apCRFtJjMTJ6). They will follow up with everyone with the official registration form in the coming months.

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 6 May 2020 (Thessaloniki) 

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

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

Teaching European Integration. How and Why?

At a glance:

Location Brussels, Belgium
Cost 220 euros, Early Bird fee 180 euros
Duration of the training 2.5 days
Topics touched upon The birth of the Nation State; The history of the XIX Century; The end of World War 2; The Cold War and its End; European Integration; Globalisation; Ethics; International Relations; The use of ICT in the classroom
Eligible for KA1 funding YES
Certificate for Participants? YES
Participants expected Approximately 20

Registration

The seminar is now fully booked. You cannot register for this seminar anymore.

Additional Documents

Contact Information

If you have any question on the Thematic Seminar “Teaching European Integration. How and Why?”, do not hesitate to contact Alice Modena.

In collaboration with

House of European History

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT AND THAT REGISTRATIONS ARE NO LONGER POSSIBLE* 

To register your interest in future editions of this training course, please write to Alice Modena: alice@euroclio.eu

We are delighted and honoured to present the Training Seminar “Teaching European Integration. How and Why?”. The Training, which is the first training organised by EuroClio and the House of European History, will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 22-24 November 2019.

The House of European History is a museum and learning forum established in Brussels with the support of the European Parliament. It aims at promoting the knowledge of the history of the European Union, as well as the understanding that there are multiple perspectives connected to it. Together, we will welcome 20 motivated history and citizenship educators from all across Europe. We will offer a programme full of active workshops, keynote lectures, feedback sessions and visits to the House of European History’s exhibition. The programme will focus on the theme: “Teaching European Integration. How and Why?”, and will make use of original educational material developed by the House of European History and by EuroClio.

Whether students, and people at large, like it or not, the European Union has a huge impact on everyone’s life. Every day, in fact, European citizens enjoy freedoms that would not have been at their disposal were it not for the Union, and are at the same time subject to rules and regulations that have been established by it. Furthermore, in the last decades, people’s identity has been increasingly influenced by their sense of belonging or not belonging to the Union, ultimately resulting in complex and multiple identity affiliations.

Nevertheless, students lack a clear understanding of what the European Union is and how it came to be. The day after the Brexit Referendum (23 June 2016), for example, the most researched question on Google in the United Kingdom was “What is the E.U.”.

With no knowledge of the EU and its history, it can be argued, students become disenfranchised, starting a vicious circle hard to break: the less they know about the EU, the less they understand the impact it has on them and on their identity, and the impact they can have on it, and the less they want to know about it.

History and citizenship educators are in a unique position: they can help students break this circle. They, in fact, have the possibility to promote, among their students, a clear understanding of the events that led to the creation of the European Union, of how it functions, how it came to be, and why it is a unique institution, results of unique choices and turns of events.

Unfortunately, however, teachers often encounter a series of obstacles when tackling the history of European Integration in the classroom. Among them, the most relevant are:

  1. a lack of time to devote to the topic;
  2. an dense, set curriculum, which allocates few lessons to the history of the EU;
  3. the lack of interest from students in approaching European integration and its history.

This training on “Teaching European Integration” will focus on how teachers can bring the history of the European Union to the classroom in an engaging and meaningful way. Participants will be equipped with a series of ready-to-use materials to teach the history of the European Integration, including materials that link the topic with national and world history, making easier to connect it with national curricula.

 

Programme

Throughout the seminar, participants will take part to active sessions (including workshops and feedback session) that tackle the history of the European Union from two different angles. First, the case for teaching the history of the European Union will be made, and European Integration will be put in the global and national contexts. In the second part of the seminar, participants will receive specific training on how to bring the history of European Integration in the classroom, making the concepts accessible to all students without sacrificing the complexity of the institutions and their history. They will also be introduced to material on how to discuss the European Union in the twenty-first century, and its impact on global history and people’s identity.

Logistics and Fees

Thematic Seminar participation includes joining interesting workshops and discussion, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners.  The Early Bird Fee of € 180,- per person will cover for the programme, while the House of European History will offer the meals.

In addition, we will also offer a discounted rate for Individual EuroClio Members. The discount for Individual EuroClio Members is of € 40,- and is applicable to the Early Bird Fee and to the Full Summer School Fee.

The deadline for Early Bird registrations is 14 September. After 14 September the full rate of € 220,- per person applies. However, there are a limited number of places available, and we would advise you to register as soon as possible.

EuroClio’s 2019 5th Regional Summer School: “Diversity and Violence”

Rethinking approaches in History Education

22 - 24 August 2019 - Osijek, Croatia

In 2019 EuroClio organised the 5th Regional summer school in Osijek, in Eastern Croatia together with the Croatian History Teachers Association (HUNP) and hosted by the National Museum of Slavonia. The theme for the summer school was ‘Diversity and violence: rethinking approaches in history education’. In the setting of a country that experienced active conflict just over 2 decades ago, we explored the effects of recent conflicts and world wars on the multi-ethnic fibre of the city of Osijek and the Slavonia region. Through examples of civil society tackling divided school systems and workshops on engaging students in learning about their communities in the past, and on-site learning programmes to the Batina WW2 memorial and different remembrance sites in Vukovar the participants were stimulated to think of positive ways of dealing with diversity and remembering difficult pasts.

Aims 

-          Explore the issues of diversity and remembrance in history education

-          Explore the effects of recent conflicts and world wars on multi-ethnic communities in Eastern Croatia.

-          Learn about positive practices of dealing with diversity in Croatia.

-          Share experiences of remembering violent conflict in the region. 

 

Extra Information

Programme of he Summer School consisted of multiple educational visits and workshops which aimed to discuss how to rethink approaches in history education to start teaching about diversity and violence in an effective and sensitive way.

The programme also focused on specific themes:

  • Multiculturalism and Threats of War -  War in Croatia was part of the biggest conflict in Europe after the Second World War. Its cost was enormous: human losses, refugees, depopulation, impoverishment and destruction of urban and rural settlements, economic infrastructure and cultural heritage. All these consequences still largely shape fragile and sensitive relations in and between societies and states of the region.
  • Coexistence and Remembrance - Some scholars describe the commemorative culture in Croatia by a concept “islands of memory” meaning that there are separate communities of remembrance which deal with different traumatic events and rarely overlap in doing so. Participants had a chance to explore memorial sites and reflect the connection of education and remembrance in relation to these historical events.

During the three training days, participants learnt through workshops, on-site study visits, peer learning and debating. They had the opportunity to visit some of the war affected areas, hear about curricular approaches to recent painful past, visit memorial sites and explore their educational programmes. Participants improved their knowledge of diversity and violence, and got acquainted with new educational contents, services, methods and, of course, educators from different countries.

Logistics and Fees

Summer school participation includes joining interesting workshops and discussion, on site study visits, local travel, accommodation for four nights in a 3*** Hotel in Tvrđa, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners. The Early Bird Fee of € 495,- per person will cover for all of this.

In addition, we will also offer a discounted rate for Individual EuroClio Members. The discount for Individual EuroClio Members is of € 45,-, and is applicable to the Early Bird Fee and to the Full Summer School Fee.

Partners

Croatian History Teacher's Association

Museum of Slavonia

First short-term joint staff training for the Football Makes History project

The first 3-day thematic workshop within the Football Makes History project will take place from 1-3 February in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The central theme of the workshop will be discrimination and anti-semitism. The Anne Frank House will be the workshops’ host, regarding its unique position in the world as a place of memory and responsibility to prevent discrimination world-wide. The programme of the workshop will include interesting presentations by experts on discrimination, insight into the Anne Frank House’s FanCoach project and group sessions on the development of educational material using football as a door opener to address issues of discrimination.

Third short-term joint staff training for the Learning 2 Disagree project

On 17-20 January 2019 the partners of the project Learning to Disagree, along with all the core team members will come together in Maynooth, Ireland for a short term staff training. The meeting aims to present the work made so far on the collection of Viewpoints on the first three topics: people on the move, borders and living under pressure. The meeting will serve also as the starting point for the collection of Viewpoints on the next topics and as update on what has been developed by partners on the other outputs so far.

Registrations for the Annual Conference 2019 are open!

 

EuroClio is proud and happy to announce the official opening of registration for our 26th Annual Conference & Professional Development and Training Course Bringing History to Life! – making history education meaningful to all students.

The conference will take place in Gdansk, Poland from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 April 2019.

How to interest all students in learning history? How to bring history to life? Join us in Gdansk and learn about these topics through active workshops and panel discussions, school visits, on-site learning, and intercultural events!

Do not hesitate to register: there is an Early Bird ticket price that will only apply until 14 December 2018!

You can register by clicking this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/26th-euroclio-annual-conference-bringing-history-to-life-registration-50632026755
For more information and the draft programme, click here: https://euroclio.eu/event/26th-euroclio-annual-conference-and-professional-development-and-training-course/