Training, Resources, Community of Practice, Calendar
The Pestalozzi Programme organises around 25-30 training events annually either in Strasbourg or in member states, reaching a total of about 1000 education professionals directly every year. It is also preparing and developing eTraining courses.
Training resources developed in and through its activities are made available online (). Major outcomes of the work are published in a publication series. Currently there are two books available: “Teacher education for change” presents its approach to pedagogy (interactive, learner-centred, collaborative learning, learning by doing) and “Intercultural competence for ALL: preparing for living in a heterogeneous world”.
The Pestalozzi Programme also maintains a growing Community of Practice through a moderated online platform for collaborative work (currently more than 1 100 members) for mutual support and on-going exchanges. The community is also a place for further reflection on the role of education practice for and in societal change and for the collaborative development of tools for training and teaching.
The Pestalozzi Programme organises different types of training events and can offer targeted training activities for particular purposes. The main types of training activities are:
European Modules for trainer training
These are training courses for trainers. They consist of five phases of work lasting between 12-18 months including two face-to-face meetings (module A and module B); the modules are organised by the Secretariat,
and supported by a particular signatory state for the organisation of each module B. During the time before, between and after the modules, participants work together with the facilitators on the online working platform of the Pestalozzi Programme.
The work of the participating trainers from all the member states focuses on the development and piloting of training resources for a particular aspect or theme.
European Workshops organised in the Member States
Training activities organised in cooperation with the National Liaison Officer of a particular country for education professionals from the host country and from other European countries. These workshops can be organised as single one-off events in one country or in tandem with another European Workshop in another country thus offering a longer period of training to a group of participants. They can also make use of the on the online working platform of the Pestalozzi Programme.
Pestalozzi Programme Summer School, Academy of Bad Wildbad
Over more than 25 years the Pestalozzi Programme has co-organised training activities in cooperation with the Academy of in-Service Training of Baden-Württemberg (European Seminars).
The Pestalozzi Programme Summer School will be organised for the first time in 2013 instead of the Seminars.
The Summer School offers intensive training (full eight days) for between 60-80 participants who have the opportunity to choose their own
learning curriculum of about 60 hours from a range of thematic modules in different languages and obligatory common activities. A public Round Table Debate will provide the opportunity to exchange with a wider public.
In 2013 the Summer School will be placed under the title “Understanding diversity” and the public debate will approach the question “Does school have a future? Which schools for a diverse and truly democratics society?
- National dissemination and training or cascading events
These events are organised by the National Liaison Officer in a given a country for education professionals of this country for different purposes: to disseminate information on the content and pedagogy of Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe; to train education professionals from the country on a particular theme in relation with the priorities of the Council of Europe in education and related to previous training activities of the Pestalozzi Programme; to offer an opportunity for exchange of information between former and future participants in training activities of the programme, to build networks and to strengthen the effect of the programme through cascading. These events can be supported by trainers from the Pestalozzi Network of Trainers.
The training activities of the Pestalozzi Programme, and in particular the modules for trainer training, focus on learning-by-doing. The tangible results of this work are training and teaching resources for the major topical areas of concern
of the Council of Europe in the field of education.
Community of Practice
The Pestalozzi Programme supports a Community of Practice of education professionals around the values and principles of the Council of Europe and offers a moderated space for continued exchange, mutual support and development
of education professionals across Europe. All education professionals who participate in the training activities of the programme are invited to join and use this space.
Calendar of activities and how to participate
- Find our training activities for 2013
- To find out how you can participate in a training activity of the Pestalozzi Programme consult our How to participate? section.
The PESTALOZZI Programme is the Council of Europe programme for the professional development of teachers and education actors.
The training activities of the Pestalozzi Programme are open to all education professionals in Europe.