Education Conference NordEd

2021 / 05 / 03

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2021 / 05 / 03

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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.


3rd of May (Monday)

Introduction. Quality education in the Nordic – Baltic region

13:00 – 13:30 Welcome speeches:

  • 13:00 – 13:10 Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers
  • 13:10 – 13:20 Jurgita Šiugždinienė, Minister of Education, Science and Sport of Republic of Lithuania
  • 13:20 – 13:30 Jussi Saramo, Minister of Education of Republic of Finland

13:30 – 14:15  What is good education in XXI century?

  • Ana Perona-Fjeldstad, Executive Director of European Wergeland Centre (Norway)

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.

14:15 – 15:00 Nordic education model. Myths and reality

  • Casper Rongsted and Anders Peter Nielsen, Educational consultants, TEDx speakers and best-selling authors on the secret behind the Nordic Way to successful school systems: How can you adapt the Nordic Way to your school? The Nordic Schools (Denmark)

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?

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16.15 Estonian education success story

  • Birgit Lao, Diplomatic representative for Education, Ministry of Education of Republic of Estonia
  • Gunda Tire, National Coordinator of PISA Estonia

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.

 16:15 – 17:15 What Nordic-Baltic countries can learn from each other in general education?   (Panel discussion)

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

4th of May (Tuesday)

Teacher: selection and motivation

13:00 – 13:45 How to attract the best students to become teachers?

  • Prof. Elaine Munthe, Director of Knowledge Center for Education, University of Stavanger (Norway)

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?

13:45 – 14:30 Most favorable conditions for teacher to work. Nordic lessons

  • Prof. Kirsti Lonka, Educational Psychology at University of Helsinki

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.

14:30 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 15:45 Teacher’s profession in Lithuania. Where we stand and where should we go?

  • Prof. Arūnas Poviliūnas, Dean of Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University (Lithuania)
  • Prof. Lina Kaminskienė, Chancellor of Academy of Education, Vytautas Magnus University  (Lithuania)

Context: Short situation overview. Accent for the future: what kind of teacher Lithuania needs?

15:45 – 16:45 How to make teachers’ profession more attractive? (Panel discussion)

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“

5th of May (Wednesday)

Teacher training 

13:00 – 13:45 Teacher training

  • Prof. Jari Lavonen, Education Unit, University of Helsinki

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.

13:45 – 14: 30 Research based Teacher training

  • Prof. John Benedicto Krejsler, The Danish School of Education (DPU) Aarhus University

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.

14:30 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 15:45 Gender balance in education system

  • Åsa Fahlén, Chairwoman of the Swedish National Union of Teachers

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?

15:45 – 16:45 Teacher training in Lithuania (Panel discussion)

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

6th of May (Thursday)

Innovation in education

13:00 – 13:45 Distance learning

  • Prof. Jarmo Viteli, Academician, Researcher, Professor at the University of Tampere and Director of Hypermedia Lab (Finland)

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.

13:45 – 14.30 Digitalization in education

  • Prof. Sanna Järvelä, Head of the Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit (LET) and director of the LeaF research infrastructure in the University of Oulu (Finland)

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.

14:30 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 15:45 Innovative education: best Nordic practices

  • Christine Antorini, Director of LIFE Education Center (Denmark)

Context Letting and empowering children to teach younger children? Innovation policy in education sector at the government and business’ level, best practices.

15:45 – 16:30 LT EdTech solutions for innovative education

  • Monika Katkutė, Head of TeachLeadTech (Lithuania)

Context: EdTech solutions for distance learning

16:30- 16:45 Break

16:45 – 17:45 Innovation policy in education sector in Lithuania (Panel discussion)

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

About 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.

More information about the project.

Conference will be translated into English/Lithuanian

The recording of the conference will be available on this website.