NordEd

2021/01/26

Project duration

01.01.2021- 30.06.2022

Background information

In current times of uncertainty, challenges and restrictions related to Covid-19, the whole education sector is exposed to new challenges and need to reorganize the teaching and learning process. Relevance and timing of the project is firm since education is very high on the political agenda after 2020 Parliament’s election in Lithuania. All major parties express their willingness to reform and strengthen Lithuanian education system, which according international assessments is stagnating, faces many challenges, and needs to be reformed.

Project is in accordance with Nordic Vision 2030 and Finnish presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2021, it will utilise digitalisation and education to tie the Nordic region even closer together, will give young people a strengthened voice in decision making and supporting knowledge and innovation.

Project purpose and goals

NordEd project aims is to enhance Nordic-Baltic cooperation in education field 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 Nordic countries. Additionally, project aims to inform wide Lithuanian society about newest trends and solutions, best practices, truths, and presumable myths in Nordic education.

NordEd is about bringing Nordic – Baltic region closer, make it stronger and more competitive – education, science, and innovative technology will be important in creating a new kind of sustainable economic growth. The project will also provide a platform to spread the knowledge and newest research in the field and for the Nordic actors to join the fast-developing EdTech scene in the Baltics.

Project will help to provide policy makers with tools for better decisions in developing a long-term strategy for education in Lithuania and all Nordic- Baltic region. Project will also help to improve the management in the whole sector, and last but not least to give arena for young people to come up with their views and suggestions regarding future education.

The project will directly promote the Vision 2030, as with regard to education and research, the vision is of a region that continues to be a world leader in knowledge and welfare. The project will provide a platform to present and promote the best solutions, practices and newest research from the Nordic countries. The topical themes of the project strongly correlate with the strategic priorities in the Nordic Co-operation programme for Education and Research.
Project will also strengthen Nordic welfare model, where everyone has the opportunity to get education, pursue success in working life or engage in business activity. As its stated in the program of the Finnish presidency of Nordic Council of Ministers, education, science, and innovative technology will be important keys in creating a new kind of economic growth that is sustainable.

Key activities

2 conferences on education + workshop for policymakers + media campaign.

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 conference is planned for autumn 2021. Strong focus on vocational training, long-life learning, youth, sport, and mental health.

Training for Lithuanian policymakers (politicians, representatives of national and local authorities, school principals, etc.) with invited lectors from Nordic countries on strategic management in education based on best practices from the Nordic countries. Time: autumn 2021/spring 2022.

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. The majority of topics will reflect, but will not be limited with the NordEd event themes. Time: 01.05.2021 – 01.05.2022.

Project target groups

1) Policy makers in education sector (politicians, representatives of national and local authorities, school principals, etc.)
2) Society at large (target group of the media campaign)

 

“NordEd” conference:  3-6 May

PROGRAM

3rd of May (Monday)

Introduction. Quality education in the Nordic – Baltic region

13:00 – 13:30 (Vilnius time)/ Welcome speeches (up to 10 minutes):

  • 13:00 – 13:10 Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers (TBC)
  • 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

Presentations (30 min plus 15 min for Q/A)/Moderator: Dr. Ainius Lašas

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

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

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, 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.

Context: Do we have Nordic education model/s? Lessons learned in the process. Nordic schools. Nordic Educational Model. Child- centered approach, trust, etc. How did the Nordic countries managed to put education high on the national agenda? Rhetoric and practice, what really works?

15:00 – 15:30      Break

15:30 – 16.15     Estonian education success story

  • Ms Birgit Lao, Diplomatic representative for Education, Ministry of Education of Republic of Estonia
  • Mrs Gunda Tire, National Coordinator of PISA[1] 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).

Participants:

Artūras Žukauskas, Chairman of Committee of Education and Science of the Seimas of Republic of Lithuania

Ramūnas Skaudžius, Vice-Minister of Ministry of Education, Science and Sports 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?

  • 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

  • Kirsti Lonka, Professor of 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? 

Speakers:

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

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?

Participants:

Sara Aškinytė, 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  

  • 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

(TBC)

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 Fahlen, 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.

Participants:

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

  • 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

  • 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

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).

Participants:

Eglė Markevičiūtė, Vice-Minister of Ministry of Economy and Innovations of 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”

[1] https://www.oecd.org/pisa/

Project partners

NordEd initiative is supported by the Nordic Council of Ministers and implemented by Nordic Council of Ministers Office Lithuania together with the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden in Lithuania as well Iceland (in Finland).

Media partner: www.15min.lt