NEPC is offering webinars and video-lectures as a new type of learning events. Periodically, in cooperation with one of our members/partners, or with the contribution of external experts, NEPC proposes a focus on a specific education topic.

In April 2021, NEPC launched the new video series “Education Focus“. It is meant as platform for discussions about education trends, challenges, ideas with a future oriented perspective. The episodes of “Education Focus” air every first Thursday of the month, at 11.00 a.m. CEST, on NEPC Facebook page.

When a webinar is held, participants log in into an on-line platform to attend the lectures in real time. The recording of each lecture will be also available afterwards on NEPC YouTube channel.

Education Focus

#13 episode – The right to participate: How to achieve meaningful participation of children (June 2022)

The lecture The right to participate: How to achieve meaningful participation of children held by Ivana Borić, Ph. D., University of Zagreb, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences was one of the keynote lectures on the second Policy Lab: Students’ participation – a path towards an inclusive and democratic society held within the Start the Change project. The lecture focused on three main segments: definition of child participation, presentation of the recent data on the child participation in Croatian context and recommendations for promoting meaningful child participation. Start the Change project is dedicated to supporting meaningful students’ participation and empowering students’ voice.

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#12 episode – Policies for supporting low SES students in education – ARISE Comparative report (May 2022)

In this episode of Edu Focus, our guest is Ivana Cenerić from the Centre for Education Policy, who is one of the authors of a comparative report published as part of the ARISE project. This report relies on previously published national reports with the intent to underline the challenges participating countries face regarding educational experience of students with low SES background and to present promising policy solutions. The report is available here.

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#11 episode – Social policies that support schools to better address the socioeconomic disadvantages (April 2022)

The lecture ‘Social policies that support schools to better address the socioeconomic disadvantages’ held by Paul Gorski, the founder of Equity Literacy Institute (ELI) was one of the keynote lectures on the ARISE Regional Policy Lab held in March 2022 in Zagreb within the ARISE: Action for Reducing Inequalities in Education. ARISE is a four-year project launched in March 2020 and funded through Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) implemented by the Consortium of NGOs and research institutes from Western Balkans and Turkey.

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#10 episode – School admissions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan (March 2022)

Introducing the paper “Mapping of policies, practices, and integrity in school admissions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan”. The guest is Mihaylo Milovanovitch from Centar for Applied Policy and Integrity, Bulgaria. The paper aims to identify areas of tentative risk to the integrity and equality of access to school education. This issues paper provides an overview of results from an initial scan of primary and secondary evidence concerning school admissions in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan.

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#9 episode – Contact Grabber: Keep on Studying (February 2022)

PRAXIS, our ESTONIAN member is implementing the emergency fund “Contact Grabber: Keep on Studying”. This project is one of the 6 initiatives that NEPC supported during the pandemic through a grant of Open Society Foundations. This initiative aims to support students at risk of drop-out to get connected and keep on studying. PRAXIS in cooperation with e-kool, a school management platform is piloting an early warning system that helps teachers in monitoring students’ learning and behaviour.

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#8 episode – The Voice of Children: Creating space and starting the change (January 2022)

In the Edu Focus #8 focus is on students’ participation and students’ voice. Višnja Pavlović, Forum for Freedom in Education, one of the authors of the manual for adults ‘The Voice of Children: creating space and starting the change’ presented the manual and shared their approach to engaging adults in supporting meaningful students’ participation and helping empowering students’ voice.

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#7 episode – Inclusive School Policies (November 2021)

How much autonomy do schools have when we talk about school policies? Is there space for improvement even when we think the rules have already been set? Learn how school policies can be adapted and become more inclusive in our new episode.

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#6 episode – How do systems prepare and support teachers to teach all students? (October 2021)

One of the key recommendation of the 2020 GEM Report – Inclusion and education is that all teachers should be prepared and supported to teach all students. In the NEPC Edu Focus #6 you will find out more about examples of teachers preparation and support for inclusion.

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#5 episode – Social, Emotional and Intercultural Education: From Policy to Practice (September 2021)

Presentation of the mapping study Policies of Social, Emotional and Intercultural Education in Six Countries (Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, The Republic of Moldova, Russia and Slovenia) authored by dr. Urška Štremfel, Scientific Associate at Pedagoški inštitut/Educational Research Institute.

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#4 episode – Storytelling to uncover integrity violations in education (July 2021)

NEPC and Center for Applied Policy and Integrity conducted a project that investigated integrity violations in education. Through storytelling it uncovered behaviors hardly identifiable with a standard approach. In the NEPC Edu Focus #4 you will find out more about this methodology and the most common vulnerable areas of education systems.

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#3 episode – School leadership training in Netherlands and Slovenia as inspiring practices (June 2021)

In this Edu Focus episode, within the frame of the project “Empowering school principals for inclusive school culture” led by NEPC, National School of Leadership in Education of Slovenia (Šola za ravnatelje) and the Netherlands School Leadership academy NSO-CNA (NSO-CNA Leiderschapsacademie) share their decennial experience in providing professional development for school principals and they will discuss possible milestones towards the mainstreaming of similar programs in other countries. On the topic, National School of Leadership in Education of Slovenia and the Netherlands School Leadership academy coauthored the paper “Heading for Headship – Contrasting school leadership training in the Netherlands and Slovenia”. The full paper is available here: https://bit.ly/2SQ9Ut8

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#2 episode – Digital tools supporting teaching and collaborative learning in digitalization (May 2021)

How do technologies transform pedagogy? How do they hinder or support collaborative learning and collaborative school leadership? To answer these questions, in the second Edu Focus issue, we focus on insights and practice examples from two desk researches published by The European Education Policy Network (EEPN; https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/) on the the topic of digitalization in education: “Digital technical tools, skills and competences supporting teaching and learning” and “Collaborative learning and collaborative school leadership in the digital age”. The authors of the research, Peter Kelly from the University of Plymouth (UK), and Sandra Haugas from Praxis Centre for Policy Studies (Estonia), lead us in the discovering or their findings.

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#1 episode – Teaching in time of COVID: lockdown practices and online “paideia” (April 2021)

The episode presents the online version of PAIDEIA Debate Clubs for teachers and professional development program organized by NEPC member Educational Center PRO DIDACTICA, and the magazine “Child, kindergarten, family”, published by NEPC member Open Academy Step by Step, that collected numerous kindergarten practices organized during the lockdown within the frame of the initiative “Bridge the gap”, aimed at implementing supporting measures for Roma learners and families. It also features an overview on the desk-research conducted by NEPC in 25 countries about the education system response during the COVID-19 crisis and published in the GEM Report Unesco “Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Report – Inclusion and education: All means all”.

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Previous Webinars & Video Lectures

Integrity in the use of human and financial resources in education: a cross-country synthesis of findings from Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Mongolia (December 2020)

Center for Applied Policy and Integrity and the Network of Education Policy Centres (NEPC) launched in 2020 a new joint report on integrity of human and financial resources in school education, which was prepared in the framework of the project Integrity of education systems: training for civil society organizations with the support of the Open Society Foundations (Education Support Program).

Il line with the report, this webinar will discuss two questions: whether participants in school education in these countries engage in problematic practices (integrity violations) that lead to the abuse of human and financial resources in education and – if the answer is yes – what are the mechanisms and systemic weaknesses which facilitate and motivate such conduct in each country and across country.

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Good practices and policies on teachers and school leaders training in EU (November 2020)

Initial teacher training and continuous professional development of teachers and school leaders has become a cornerstone of education policies for many national governments. However, initial and in-service training of teachers and school leaders across the countries differ. In order to benefit from experience accumulated by individual EU member states, it is necessary to select and share good practices and policies which can be effectively applied in different educational environments.

The aim of the webinar is to present and discuss the results of the desk research on good practices and policies of training teachers and school leaders in selected EU countries issued within the frame of the European Education Policy Network (EEPN) project.

Held by: Eszter Salamon, coordinator of the EEPN project and Rimantas Želvys, Professor and Head of the Education Policy Center at Vilnius University

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Why community matters? (October 2020)

Children are the Future (Albania) and COI Step by Step (Bosnia and Herzegovina) are committed to build communities within and among educational stakeholders that can support each other and respond to the emergencies guided by solidarity and care for learners’ well-being.

In this webinar, representatives of both organizations will shared their experiences in working and supporting the communities of educational stakeholders, the learned lessons and what we will bring with us in the future.

Held by: Rozeta Hoxhallari, Director of Children are the Future, and Nedim Krajišnik, Deputy Director of Center for Educational Initiative Step by Step

Moderator: Raffaella d’Apolito, Network of Education Policy Centers

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Back to school: learning and thinking about the new school year! (October 2020)

Forum for Freedom in Education from Croatia and Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives Step by Step from North Macedonia have designed impressive number of learning resources to support teachers community during the pandemic. In this webinar representatives of both organization share good examples for school support of students’ development and guidelines for ensuring safe environment, well-being and learning continuity to children, in the next/current school year.

Held by: Suzana Kirandziska, Director of Education and Cultural Initiatives Step by Step, and Eli Pijaca Plavšić, Executive Director of Forum for Freedom in Education

Moderator: Raffaella d’Apolito, Network of Education Policy Centers

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Integrity of human and financial resources in education: results of locally-led integrity assessments in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Mongolia (April 2020)

Results of the “Integrity of Education Systems project” led by NEPC and Center for Applied Policy and Integrity were publicly presented and discussed for the first time in a on-line panel at CIES 2020 conference.

The aim of the project is to explore integrity in selected areas (teacher recruitment & parental informal contribution to education) and reform priorities in education in 4 countries from NEPC region: Georgia, Mongolia, Moldova and Kyrgyzstan.

Held by: Nina Bagdasarova, Foundation for Education Initiatives Support; Maia Gelashvili, International Institute for Education Policy, Planning, Management; Mihaylo Milovanovitch, Center for Applied Policy and Integrity

Discussants: Tinde Kovacs Cerovic, Independent Researcher; Kate Lapham, Open Society Foundations

Moderator: Lana Jurko, Network of Education Policy Centers

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Supporting schools in introducing Civic Education in Croatia (November 2019)

In Croatian schools, there’s no systematic and quality civic Education. Since 2015, the City of Rijeka, as a local authority in charge among others for more than 20 schools, decided to introduce civic education as extracurricular activity. In this webinar, participants are presented with the model as well as how NGOs are supporting those schools in the implementation of civic education and cooperate with local authorities.

Held by: Mario Bajkuša, development and programs director in the Forum for Freedom in Education. For the last ten years, he is working in the field of teacher training and civic education.

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Students well-being in School in Europe (November 2019)

Trends in students well-being in Europe and ways to improve social emotional an inter cultural competencies among students. Evidence from Hand in Hand project and PISA

Held by: Magnus Oskarsson, assistant professor at Mid Sweden University, expert in large scale assessment and one of the researchers managing the Hand in Hand program in Sweden

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Education Monitoring Report 2017-2018 (May 2019)

Education Monitoring Report 2017-2018 evaluates the current situation in all children’s access to quality education. In addition to this, the Education Monitoring Report 2017-2018, which addressed developments of the past year, focuses on the situation of young people who have been educated in the current education system in order to assess the output of the past twenty years.

Held by: Özgenur Korlu, researcher and coordinator of the Education Monitoring Report 2017-2018

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Discrimination in the School Context – Perspectives from Germany – Insights and examples from the HAND in HAND project (May 2019)

The lecture covered theoretical and practical views on discrimination and insights from the HAND in HAND project as a possible approach to prevent discrimination were discussed.

Held by: Albert Denk, research associate at Technical University of Munich (TUM) with the contribution of Ana Kozina, head of the Centre for Evaluation Studies at the Educational Research Institute and Hand in Hand project manager

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Policies Ensuring Equity in Education: The Case of Estonia – Lessons From the Erasmus+ BRAVEdu project (February 2019)

The study presented in the webinar was based on the analysis of Estonian educational policies and on the study visit which was a part of the ongoing BRAVEdu project.  In this publication, the research team provided a possible explanatory frame for the success of the Estonian educational system in reducing the gap in achievement between high and low SES students.

Held by: Ana Mlekuž (Education Research Institute, Slovenia) and Sandra Haugas (PRAXIS, Estonia), NEPC’s project partners and co-authors of the study.

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