More than a Journal: Professional Development in Education Amsterdam Symposium and Editorial Board

More than a Journal: Professional Development in Education Amsterdam Symposium and Editorial Board

To promote the journal, the Editorial Board links up with other institutions and organizations from time to time to discuss areas of interest relating to professional development and learning.

The Editorial Board of the journal recently met at the beginning of June in Amsterdam taking advantage of a PDiE supported Symposium on Teacher Leadership. Held at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and organised and hosted by Anja Swennen, Associate Editor, with a welcome from Dominicus Kamsa, Director of VU University Education Centre.

The Symposium involved opening remarks from the Managing Editors followed by a joint keynote from two of our Associate Editors, Sue Swaffield and Alex Alexandrou.

Their keynote was based on the conceptual work done by the Cambridge Leadership for Learning Network and longitudinal research on Learning Representatives in Scotland and their development as teacher leaders.

Presentation screenshotIpda member, Marco Snoek of the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam, provided a second keynote, focusing on the development of teacher leadership and its impact in schools. Two teacher leaders, Netty Gelijsteen and Jan Baan, then engaged in an interactive session and spoke with great passion about their activities. The various contributions provoked a lively question and answer session and the Symposium closed in a typical Dutch way with a ‘borrel’ – drinks and snacks where discussion continued. The Teacher Leadership theme is being followed up with PDiE sponsoring a conference on Teacher Leadership in the University of Florida in May 2016, being organised by Phil Poekert, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal. Further details will be circulated when available.

Presentation screenshotThe Editorial Board Meeting focused on a number of business and academic matters including the Board’s developing communication and social media strategy. Regular Special Issues (SI) are published and the Board considered a number of possible themes including a North America Professional Learning Issue, a Professional Learning in the Mediterranean Region Issue and an SI focusing on ‘Enabling and Sustaining Professional Learning through Communicative Spaces’ – further information on these to come.

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Posted by Professor Jim O’Brien, Managing Editor, Professional Development in Education

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