The Pestalozzi Programme Summer School*
2014 - Promoting Participation 29 June – 6 July 2014
Call for trainers
The next Summer School, organised in cooperation with the Academy of Bad Wildbad, is coming up and we are looking for a team of up to 8 trainers to plan, prepare and run this Summer School from
28 June to 6 July 2014 together with us which
will take place at the Academy of Bad Wildbad.
The training will deal with the various aspects of the overall theme “Promoting Participation”.
It will focus on the diverse issues of participation in social, cultural, political and economic life, etc. and on what school and what teachers
and educators can and must do to promote the development of the attitudes, skills and knowledge which are necessary to be able to fully participate in life in a democratic society.
Further aspects of the overall theme will also be taken up as well as pedagogical and methodological issues such as cooperative learning for democratic education, innovation and creativity, fostering motivation and curiosity,
education for personal development and the multiple purposes of education, the role of teachers and schools for democratic societies, etc.
Common activities throughout the eight days will allow participants to work together as a whole group, to learn together and to exchange ideas and experiences. A public round table discussion on the topic
“Social media as new forms of participation: which role for schools?” will offer an opportunity to address and reflect on an important educational issue and to interact with a wide variety of interested professionals.
If you are interested in being part of the team of trainers please consult the attached documents and send us your Expression of Interest
before 15 December 2013. You will find more details in the documentation attached.
The framework of the Summer School
Form for the expression of interest
I also invite you to spread this information to others who may be interested in being a trainer.
NB: If you wish to be a participant in the next Summer School please note that more information for participants will be published before the end of 2013 and registration will be possible in early spring 2014.
The Summer School is open for different types of practitioners in education up to a total capacity of about 70-80 places.
The Summer School is free of charge and the organisers will cover related travel and subsistence costs for participants.
The completion of the training will be certified on the basis of workload and learning outcomes.
Participants will be selected according to three criteria: profile, language competence and commitment:
- Profile: Teachers, school heads, parent representatives, community representatives, school psychologists, educators from the non-formal education sector, etc.)
- Language competence: Participants must be able to communicate in a working environment (minimum level B2) in either of the following language combinations: English; English and German; English and French.
- Commitment: Participants commit to actively participate throughout the full duration of the programme, to report on the Summer School and to undertake appropriate action to further disseminate the outcomes in their professional context.
The first Summer School 2013 - Understanding Diversity29 June – 8 July 2013 -
Academy of Bad Wildbad, Germany
The aim of the Summer School was to support the participating teachers and other education professionals in their professional practice and their professional development. In particular this implies:
The participants also joined the online Community of Practice of the Pestalozzi Programme with over 1300 members.
Promotion a better understanding of diversity in their professional practice
- Awareness in teachers and learners, in their families and communities of the importance of a positive attitude towards diversity in all its forms
- Preparedness and ability to take action to counter discriminatory attitudes and actions
- Inclusion of the development of the transversal attitudes, skills and knowledge necessary for living in diverse and democratic societies in their teaching practice
The Summer School dealt with various aspects of the overall theme “Understanding diversity”. Ms Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General for Democracy at the Council of Europe and Mr Siegmut Keller, on behalf of Ms Marion von Wartenberg,
Secretary of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports Baden-Württemberg, welcomed the participants. The mayor of Bad Wildbad, Mr Klaus Mack also welcomed the participants.
The programme consisted of about 30 hours of selective courses and about 30 hours of common activities where all the participants were engaged in the same activity at the same time. Participants could choose from 30 courses touching on the various aspects
of diversity (f.ex. intercultural competence, discrimination, ethics, history, social justice, inclusion, human rights, etc.) and of pedagogy (cooperative learning, learner-centred approaches, involvement of stakeholders, participation, etc.).
More general aspects of education were also addressed such as how to foster motivation and curiosity, the multiple purposes of education, the role of teachers and schools for democratic societies, etc.
Brief spot light
Description of the summer school
* The Summer School replaces the training seminars organised in cooperation with our partners in Baden-Württemberg over the past 30 years.
The format of an intensive and multi-facetted training programme of eight full days was chosen to increase the impact of the training which usually was of a duration of three days.
Furthermore, the higher number of participants creates better networking opportunities for all.
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.