Network meetings

One of the regular activities of our network are meetings where PD Centre representatives get to know each other, exchange ideas and work together on issues of common concern. The meetings are organized by the University of Education Freiburg. Five meetings were held to date. Below you find more details on meetings’ discussions.

The Bulgarian STEM PD Net team is looking forward to host 8th STEM PD Net meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria, November 28-29 2018.
If you are interested in attending an upcoming meeting, please contact the network organisation.

Latest meeting

Seventh meeting November 2017 in Madrid, Spain
The 7th network meeting was held in Madrid, November 27-29, hosted by the Spanish National Institute for Educational Technologies and Teacher Training (INTEF), part of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.

During the meeting, amongst others, representatives of the different countries involved in the network and its connected project STEM PD Net discussed the question “What is meant by talking about STEM Professional Development?”.

In particular: does the ‘STEM’ in STEM PD represent a singular approach where STEM itself is a discipline or the individual STEM subjects or some sort of blended approach? The discussion opened a broad spectrum of understandings and approaches: from a strong tradition of teaching the STEM subjects separately to most recent approaches of the need of a set of STEM skills that might offers students more opportunities in the future employment market. Further, the effects and consequences for teacher PD in STEM have been discussed.

Also Dace Namsone, Head of the Multidisciplinary Center for Innovations in Education at University of Latvia, gave interesting insights in one of the long term professional development models the centre uses in practice with teachers.
As a joint activity a guided visit around the Prado Museum was offered that focused on its most valued paintings.

Previous meetings

Sixth meeting May 2017 in Göteborg, Sweden

The sixth network meeting was held in Gothenburg, May 5-6 2017, lunch to lunch. The meeting was hosted by the Swedish National Centre for Mathematics Education (University of Gothenburg).

The first half day focused policy issues, starting with a report from a learning event within the STEM-EU-NET-project, which took place in Spain in March 2017. This event gave important insights into the relationship between the network and the policy level. During the meeting a first draft of a policy briefing was presented, dealing with the possibilities offered by the network to policy makers. Questions related to this issue were discussed in groups and shared in the whole group. In the second half day, the meeting focused ongoing work on how to address the need of diverse learners in STEM classes. The participants were also updated on current status of work with the questionnaire that has been distributed to PD-centres, covering structure, missions, goals and activities of these centres.

The network members who are also partners in the STEM-PD-NET-project started the meeting one day earlier, discussing more project specific issues.

Fifth meeting November 2016 in Freiburg, Germany

The fifth network meeting took place in course of the conference ‘Educating the Educators II – International approaches to scaling up professional development in maths and science education’.

Fourth meeting June 2016 in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
During the fourth meeting practice examples of PD courses in different countries were presented to give all centres the possibility to get to know different foci and approaches as well as to share practices and experiences.

Third meeting December 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria

The main mission of the third meeting was the continuation and stabilization of the network. Therefore, the meeting aimed on further concretizing objectives and aims as well as guidelines of the evolving network. In addition, possibilities of cooperation of the PD centres and ways to establish a European Network of PD centres were discussed.

Second meeting May 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania

The second meeting of European Professional Development Centres in maths and science education, organised by the University of Education Freiburg, took place 6-7 May 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Around 20 representatives of maths/science professional development centres and other organisations with similar aims like Ministries of Education from 12 European countries attended the meeting (see meeting schedule).

First meeting December 2014 in Essen, Germany

In course of the conference “Educating the educators – Conference on international approaches to scaling-up professional development in maths and science education” (hosted by the European project mascil (mathematics and science for life!) coordinated at the University of Education Freiburg, and the DZLM (German Centre for Mathematics Teacher Education, founded by the Deutsche Telekom Foundation) a meeting of European Professional Development centres involved in math and science education took place the first time. Aim of this meeting was to establish and support a European network of these centres.

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