#NordEd – together for better education
2021 / 05 / 03
2021 / 05 / 03
NordEd is an initiative that aims to enhance Nordic-Baltic co-operation in the field of education by facilitating fruitful debate between policy makers and the wider public on relevant educational topics, as well as by providing best practices of education from the Nordic-Baltic region.
First NordEd conference in May will focus on Nordic education model, teacher motivation and training, distance learning, innovative education and other topics.
Context: How we measure quality and success in the education? How should/will education look like in the future? What is the goal of good education? What is the purpose of school? What makes an excellent performing education system nowadays? How the national guidelines are developed.
Context: What are the reasons for the success of the Nordic school systems? What are the values of our societies and schools? Which research can “prove” this? How do we make academic skills go hand in hand with the students’ well-being? Why is social competence so important for us in the Nordic countries? Can one point to a special Nordic Teaching Model? How can all this inspire daily teaching practice and what are the parents role in all this?
Context: Leap in PISA rankings, strategic steps taken to succeed so well; lessons learned or proven, adjusted, and implemented best practices in education sector from the Nordic countries, Teacher training and in-service practices.
Context: What countries in our region can learn from each other? Where should we cooperate closer and learn from each other instead of “inventing bicycles“? Equal start for everybody and equal quality of education, best practices ensuring quality education in regional schools, how to attract young teachers into regional schools, what conditions are offered to them, how they are attracted and kept at schools (Estonian and Finnish practices).
Artūras Žukauskas, Chairman of Committee of Education and Science, Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania
Ramūnas Skaudžius, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania
Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius
Vilija Targamadzė, Lithuanian education scientist, expert in education
Context: How and why to motivate best students to seek teacher’s profession? Is/or this achieved in the Nordic countries? Selection process. Gender balance among teachers. Attractiveness of the teacher’s profession. Teacher’s impact on quality education. Attraction and forecasting. In what ways teacher’s change can be encouraged?
Context: Nordic teaching culture, what is the favorable working environment for teachers? (Mentoring programmes, support for young teachers, trust, much autonomy in the work, development of competencies, 5 С’s: continuous learning, collaboration, communication, climate and SDGs, curiosity), best practices to motivate and reward teachers.
Context: Short situation overview. Accent for the future: what kind of teacher Lithuania needs?
Context: What lesson can we learn from Nordic and other Baltic countries? What would encourage the young generation to choose teacher’s profession?
Karolina Pralgauskytė, President of Lithuanian School Students’ Union
Snieguolė Bagočienė, Teacher at Vilnius „Sietuvos“ Progymnasium
Vaidotas Kalinas, Head of Educational Help Unit, Ukmergė municipality
Zane Oliņa, Project leader of the Latvian National Project „Skola2030“
Context: Creation of the “perfect” teacher, teacher training – Finland’s experience. Continuous teacher training while working, to update and improve their skills to respond to the ever-changing environment requirements. Collaboration between university and school, good partnerships on how to attract strong teachers to the teacher training, mentoring programs.
Context: How Teacher training adapts to future challenges? Teacher in-service training. Different approaches/models to increase quality and relevance of teacher in-service training; linking teacher in-service training to research potential of Universities.
Context: Gender balance among teachers, school leadership. Gender balance in teaching of teachers. Impact of gender balance to learning quality and results. How to attract more men to become teachers?
Context: Academic teaching theory and teaching practices. How to reduce the gap and to respond to the needs of children and society.
Dr. Milda Brėdikytė, Lecturer, Academy of Education Vytautas Magnus University
Reda Vaivadaitė, Teacher at Kaunas “Jurgis Dobkevičius” Progymnasium
Mindaugas Vidugiris, Certified Marshall Goldsmith Coach, Expert in Organizational Culture, Crisis Management and Personal Development, organizer of Masters of Calm and Whatansu
Vilma Bačkiutė, Adviser of President of Republic of Lithuania, Education, Science and Culture Group
Context: Lessons learned from Covid-19 pandemic challenges. How adaptation to pandemic changed education model. Online learning (E school). What is important for child, student, from the perspective of a studying person.
Context: Is digitalization a way to be more effective and transparent? Open data. IT challenges and possibilities for education, finding the balance, Influence of modern technologies on personality and cognitive abilities of a child.
Context Letting and empowering children to teach younger children? Innovation policy in education sector at the government and business’ level, best practices.
Context: EdTech solutions for distance learning
Context: What is innovative education? What can we learn from the best practices in the Nordic-Baltic region? What is Lithuanian strategy of innovations in education? Impact on child’s personality and cognitive abilities of modern technologies, challenges, and opportunities. “EdTech“solutions for schools (formal education).
Eglė Markevičiūtė, Vice-Minister of Ministry of Economy and Innovations of the Republic of Lithuania
Tomas Gulbinas, Vice-Mayor of Vilnius
Märt Aro, Nordic EdTech Forum (Estonia)
Virgilijus Pupeikis, Director of the children’s art studio “Diemedis”
About NordEd project
#NordEd – together for better education
The NordEd project aims to enhance Nordic-Baltic cooperation in the field of education by facilitating debate among policy makers and broader society on relevant education topics, providing best practices of education from the Nordic-Baltic region and supporting the development of innovative education initiatives in Lithuania and the Nordic countries. Additionally, the project aims to inform wider Lithuanian society about newest trends and solutions, best practices, truths, and presumable myths in Nordic education.
The NordEd project consists of two conferences, a strategic management seminar for policy makers in the field of education and a media campaign on good educational practices in the Nordic countries. The planned activities will deepen the knowledge of the Nordic and Baltic countries on topics such as quality education, teacher training and motivation systems, lifelong learning, the psychosocial environment in schools, vocational training, and more.
3 – 6th of May 2021 first online – hybrid conference will have a strong focus on the Nordic education model, teaching profession, and innovations in the education sector. This conference will provide a place and time for discussions among academia, policymakers, education leaders, practitioners to exchange best practices, develop new networks and ideas for further cooperation.
Second NordEd conference, together with the seminar, is planned for autumn 2021.
NordEd conferences will be followed by the media campaign – a series of articles in Lithuanian media on success stories, truths and myths about Nordic education, best practices.
NordEd initiative is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers, implemented by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Lithuania together with the embassies of Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden in Lithuania and the Embassy of Iceland in Finland.
Conference will be translated into English/Lithuanian
The recording of the conference will be available on this website.
2021 / 05 / 03
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