PRESIDENCY CONFERENCE TEACHERS AND TRAINERS FOR THE FUTURE

Towards the ‘New Normal’ 29 June 2020

Croatia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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Presidency Conference on Teachers and Trainers for the Future

Teachers and trainers are indispensable carriers of all the developments in education. Moreover, they have shown impressive commitment in the context of the recent COVID-19 crisis, by making significant efforts to ensure the continuation of the learning and teaching process in unenviable conditions. European teachers and trainers, being the cornerstones of the European Education Area, have a central role in promoting the European dimension of learning and teaching, supporting learners in understanding and experiencing the sense of European identity and belonging. Continuous novelties, as well as challenges, have an effect not only on the competences required, but also on teachers’ well-being. Building on the Council’s work on the Council Conclusions on European Teachers and Trainers for the Future and the Conclusions on countering the COVID-19 crisis in education and training during Croatia’s Presidency, the Conference will present an opportunity to further explore the challenges faced by teachers, as well as possible policy responses in this respect.

8:30 – 9:00

Introduction of participants to the virtual platform

9:00 – 9:30

Welcome by the Presidency, prof. Blaženka Divjak, PhD, Minister of Science and Education, Republic of Croatia
Welcome speech by Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, European Commission

9:30 – 10:00

Andreas Schleicher, Teachers in the times of COVID-19, OECD

Schooling disrupted – schooling rethought

9:30 – 10:00

Pasi Sahlberg, UNSW Sydney, Australia, expert
Will the pandemic change education?

10:30 – 10:45Break
10:45 – 12:00

Introduction to the panel: prof. Blaženka Divjak, PhD, Minister of Science and Education, Republic of Croatia
How can the crisis stimulate innovation?
Ministerial panel building on the Council Conclusions on the European Teachers and Trainers for the Future and the Council Conclusions on Countering the COVID-19 Crisis in Education and Training
Panellists:
Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of National Education and Youth, French Republic
Anna Ekström, Minister for Education, Kingdom of Sweden
Václav Velčovský, Vice-Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic
Themis Christophidou, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission
Moderator: Lidija Kralj, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Science and Education, Republic of Croatia

12:00 – 13:00Lunch Break
13:00 – 14:00

Thematic Session 1 – Pedagogy in virtual environment
Panellists:
Elvisa Sekulić, Primary School Zorka Sever Popovača, Republic of Croatia
TS1 Pedagogy in virtual environment
Päivi Nilivaara, Faculty of Education and Culture, Republic of Finland
Hannah Grainger Clemson, Directorate General for Education and Culture, European Commission
Supporting school education careers and competence in times of change
Lília Maria Vicente, Directorate-General for School Administration of the ME, Portuguese Republic
Moderator: Katarina Grgec, Ministry of Science and Education, Republic of Croatia

14:00 – 15:00

Thematic Session 2 – Evolving roles of teachers and trainers in VET and AL
Key note speakers: Irene Psifidou, CEDEFOP;
Challenges and Support for VET Teachers and Trainers
Jari Laukia, PhD, Haaga-Helia
University of Applied Sciences
Panellists:
Eleonora Schmid, CEDEFOP
Jari Laukia, PhD, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Republic of Finland
Vocational education and training and covid -19
Susan Flocken, European Director of the European Trade Union Committee of
Education
Ann Vanden Bulcke, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and
Inclusion, European Commission
Moderators:
Vesna Anđelić and Nino Buić, Agency for VET and Adult Education, Republic of
Croatia

15:00 – 16:00

Thematic Session 3 – University teachers in contemporary teaching and learning
Panellists:
Michael Gaebel, European University Association
Gohar Hovhannisyan, European Student’s Union
Terry Maguire, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Ireland
Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University Karlsruhe, Federal Republic of Germany
Moderator:
Ana Tecilazić Goršić, Ministry of Science and Education, Republic of Croatia

16:00 – 16:15Break
16:15 – 16:30

Kevin Hawkins, expert
Fostering the wellbeing of teachers and trainers

16:30 – 17:00

Reports from the Thematic Sessions, HR PRES

17:00

End of the Conference

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