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EDiTE at the ICSEI 2018 in Singapore

The International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) is one of such global educational conferences that shouldn’t be missed, and this year again EDiTE had its representatives ready for the challenge. The conference was organised in Singapore between 8 and 12 January under the overarching theme of Deepening School Change for Scaling: Principles, Pathways and Partnerships. From our research rows, EDiTE was represented in Singapore by an early-stage researcher Helena Kovacs and the head of the EDiTE consortium Michael Schratz.

The highlights of the Congress included a number of great keynote speakers including Dr Carol Campbell, Lucy Crehan, Professor Kiyomi Akita and Dr Alicia Grunow, as well as several thought-provoking keynote panel discussions. Already at the beginning of the conference, the head of the EDiTE consortium, Michael Schratz, was awarded a lifetime membership for his dedication to educational research and commitment to ICSEI where he served as a previous president.

During the parallel sessions, Helena Kovacs had presented the outcomes of her collaborative work with Malte Gregorewski, an EDiTE early-stage researcher from Innsbruck who was not able to attend the Congress himself. Their joint work spans over a year and was described as a core value of EDiTE which enables the potential of international collaboration. Titled as A mix that works: insights into Portuguese flagship schools, the presentation provided both an overview of EDiTE that facilitated this collaboration and the exploratory model authored by the Kovacs-Gregozewski team and used to analyse schools in Portugal that they jointly visited during their secondments.

ICSEI 2018 was also an opportunity to explore other parallel sessions describing different educational systems, practices and initiatives that sever for bettering educational experiences and lead to more meaningful outcomes for all involved. Among these, there was a number of sessions on Singaporean system analysed from different angles, providing great insight into this educational super-power. The next International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement is planned to take place in Norway, in January 2019.

 

 

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(E)merging Into a New Future: Michael Schratz Retires

Michael Schratz, dean of the School of Education at the University of Innsbruck and head coordinator of the EDiTE project, retired on 29.09.2017. The whole day was dedicated to get a glimpse into Michael`s academic work, as well as his fruitful collaborations with schools in Innsbruck and around the world. In the morning, three schools opened their doors for visitors: Bundesrealgymnasium in der Au (EDiTE partner school), Volksschule Innere Stadt (EDiTE partner school), and UNESCO Neue Mittelschule Gabelsbergerstrasse. In the evening, family, friends and colleagues, international and Austrian academics, school practitioners; moreover, government representatives gathered to honour Michael Schratz`s lifetime work as part of his retirement ceremony. Speeches by Michael`s colleagues addressed his projects from the different stages of his career. EDiTE, Michael`s most recent grandiose project on teacher education, a unique initiative to join doctorate programmes of five universities and to improve teacher education in Europe, was introduced by Vasileios Symeonidis, EDiTE researcher, and Romita Iucu, collaborator within the EDiTE network during the previous phases. Malte Gregorzewski, EDiTE researcher, also presented his work with Michael in the Leadership Academy. Michael received the “Austrian Cross of Honour”, the highest possible award scientists can receive in Austria, for his outstanding research activity. The ceremony ended with a grand hall full of people on their feet applauding for Michael, including many EDiTE members. EDiTE is grateful for Michael to initiate the project, and to support the EDiTE researchers with never-ending enthusiasm. Although Michael is retiring from most of his duties, he will still stay with EDiTE until the end of the project.

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Michael receives the “Austrian Cross of Honour”. (from the left: Tillman Mark (rector of University of Innsbruck), Michael Schratz (dean of the School of Education), Bernhard Tilg (councillor)). Photo courtesy to University of Innsbruck

 

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The EDiTE project introduced at Michael`s retirement ceremony

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The EDiTE project presented by Vasilis Symeonidis (on the left) and Romita Iucu (on the right)

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EDiTE members surprise Michael with a special gift (from the left: Maiko Sturz, Vasileios Symeonidis, Michael Schratz, Csilla Pesti, Malte Gregorzewski)