I am Alexandra Anton
CEO FIEdu & Founder @Yuppy Koti Centre Ploiești
I am H.E. Mrs. Päivi Pohjanheimo
Embassy of Finland in Bucharest
Diplomat de cariera, si-a inceput misiunea la Bucuresti in septembrie 2015. Anterior a lucrat in cadrul Ministerului de Externe al Finlandei in calitate de director al directiei Europa si consilier diplomatic al ministrului de externe. A servit in cadrul misiunilor diplomatice de la Londra dar si in Tunisia, cu acreditare pentru Algeria si Libia. Jurnalist ca formatie, a fost ani de zile corespondent in Spania pentru compania nationala finlandeza de radio si televiziune.
I am Jouni KANGASNIEMI (Mr.)
Senior Ministerial Adviser/Head of Development-Ministry of Education and Culture
Since 2015 Jouni has been promoting the Finnish education to global markets. Before joining to the secretariat for international relations his main responsibilities dealt with new learning environments, digitalization of teaching and learning, continuing professional development of teachers and other personnel. Perhaps one of his most inspiring project was launching and running of a national continuing professional development programme (OSAAVA) for teachers and school leaders, the programme run between 2010-2016. Since 2002, Jouni Kangasniemi has been working for the Ministry of Education and Culture in various positions, developing policies and programmes for transnational education, adult education, in-service training of teachers and higher education. Prior to joining to the ministry, Kangasniemi served for four years (1999-2002) as a planning specialist at Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council. Between 1992-2002 he worked at the Finnish National Board of Education in the field of professional development of teachers. He has been an active member and chair of various working groups and steering groups in Finland and in the European Commission. He has graduated from the University of Helsinki (Master of Education, majoring in Adult Education) in 1992. Speech: What Romania can learn from Education Reforms in Finland?
I am Jukka Kangaslahti PhD
Senior Advisor European Parliament
Festivalul International de Educatie – FIEdu 2017 will serve as a stimulus to assist the participants, the schools and the institutions they represent in researching and applying the possibilities and responsibilities that exist in developing teaching and learning. I am sure that the Festival (FIEdu 2017) experience has the potential to offer an opportunity for quality learning process with the possibility for cooperation between presenters and participants from many educational cultures and countries. Face-to-face dialogue about the topics, which will be covered during these days is a productive means to improve understanding and every day practices on both individual and organizational levels. This Festival is clearly structured to provide the opportunity for each individual to share, discuss and debate different educational views, methods and experiences with the presenters and participants. During the days together there will be a chance to exchange ides about the implications and consequences of applying different approaches to teaching, leadership practices, school management, education systems, etc. To join the movement of friendly revolution in education responsible new approaches and in-depth thinking by teachers, principals, administrators and parents alike are essential while taking advantage of new opportunities in educating our children and youth. As I see it, the organizing team has planned the Festival for the participants to: stimulate each others thinking on the current state of evolution in the field of educational methods having in mind the equal opportunities of each and every child. explore future acts in developing the quality of learning and teaching debate the possibilities of developing School leadership, management and education systems. seek new avenues of transforming bureaucracy from burden to blessing take opportunities to build cross-cultural networks of educational experts; networks of parents, teachers, administrators, researchers, politicians. It is hoped that the presentations and discussion will help participants to relate the substance of the Festival to everyday actions in their respective contexts. Constructive communication and quality sessions are not goals in themselves; the main purpose is to aim at responsible actions, which are ethically sound and meaningful for the future growth and learning of new generations. If this principle can be sensed during the days in Ploiesti, the Festival has been most successful.
I am Joseph G Banks
Governor [Hawthorn Primary School] & Secretary General CISV International
Joseph G Banks is a retired freelance risk management specialist, international charity ceo, journal editor/author, cross-cultural and medical jurisprudence educator, university fund-raiser and teacher. He has been a director and trustee of USA & UK companies and charitiesand serves as a Newcastle upon Tyne, England, school governor. I have had local, national & international cross-cultural & international exchange experience since 1970. I participated as a CISV adult leader from USA to Holland and France, studied law in the UK and was an exchange law student in Iceland. I was part of an international team reviewing CISV’s “foundation” educational material/methods for young people [age 11 – 18], coordinated risk management and legal/insurance policy for participants from 70 countries, served as editor in chief of our transcultural education journal, facilitated Symposium coordination,and served on the governing council of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training &Research. I am an experienced global presenter and trustee of a global charityfunding innovation in peace & cross-cultural developmental education. As aprimary school governor, I facilitated introduction of “In Harmony” at our school –where every child in the school plays a musical instrument of his/her choice andis instructed by members of the local symphony. Hawthorn is located in one ofthe poorest economic catchment areas in the UK and a very high percentage ofthe children arrive without English language ability. I will provide a practical “executive summary” of longitudinal research on the effectiveness of longand short term international exchange programs so educators can explain the benefits to students,parents & administrators and provide assurance on whether cross-cultural education “really works.”I will also highlight some practical and ethical risk management issues so parents, exchange families,sponsoring institutions & organizers understand key issues regarding safety, insurance, safeguardingand educational considerations.
I am Tim Walker
Teacher and Autor “Teach like Finland”, Doctoral student at the University of Helsinki
Timothy D. Walker is an American teacher and the author of Teach Like Finland: 33 Simple Strategies for Joyful Classrooms (2017). He has written about his experiences for Educational Leadership, Education Week Teacher, The Atlantic, and on his blog, Taught by Finland. While working at a Helsinki public school, he completed his teachingpracticum and received his master's degree in elementary education from the UnitedStates. Walker is a doctoral student at the University of Helsinki.
I am Terhi Ylirisku
Language teacher & Member of the anti-bullying team in Rieskalähde school
I’ve been teaching English and Swedish in a secondary school in Finland since 2008. In 2009 we began using an anti-bullying programme called KiVa school and I’ve been one the teachers working with the programme from the start. I will be talking about the KiVa programme in general and more specifically about the way that we have used it in our school.
I am Linda Mannila
Entrepreneur & Researcher Digismart & Make It Finland PROFFS – Programming for preschool and school
I am a social entrepreneur, researcher, public speaker and a proud geek. I spend a large part of my time giving talks, helping people of different ages and organisations find their own strategy in a rapidly changing world. I am fascinated by the ways in which technology shapes - and always has shaped - our society, and often find myself pondering questions around our society, future and how technology affects and forms us as humans.
I am Diana Gratie
Researcher & Part-time Teacher @ University of Turku & Ăbo Akademi University
I have organized Hour of Code tutorials for students and staff at University of Turku in2016, aiming to get participants interested in coding and computational thinking. In 2017and 2018 I have held workshops at the Make It Festival: Programming with Beads andNavigate with Numbers. I am an enthusiastic explorer, passionate about education in all forms. I like learning new things and passing on that knowledge to others. I have been fortunate to experience several educational systems first-hand (in Romania, Finland and Germany) and teach in various educational environments in Romania and Finland. I am now taking my Computer Science background and putting it to good use in educational contexts. My current research focuses on inferring students’ strategies of playing a mathematics game, based on eye movements and game log data. Other research topics I am interested in are serious games, mathematics and computer science education, and computational thinking. I hope to contribute with my research and enthusiasm to creating better educational environments. Speech: TBD
I am Violeta Dascălu
School Principal Ferdinand I School Bucharest
Prin parteneriate cu ONG-uri, institutii publice si private a crescut numărul de elevi in interesul părintilor pentru scoala noastră. Oferim Program Scoală după Scoală, clase cu predare intensivă a limbii engleze la gimnaziu, activităti si ateliere pentru sport, arte, limbi străine, matematică. Organizez un festival de teatru – 8 editii si unul de poezie – 4ț editii dar si alte evenimente împreună cu întreaga comunitate. Derulăm proiecte nationale si internationale. Suntem scoală incluzivă suport, membră în reteaua UE INSCHOOL. Nominalizare la Gala Women of courage – US Embassy, Speaker la TEDx Bucuresti 2017. Prezentare FIEdu: Construirea unei comunităti puternice, care este constientă de resursele pe care le poate oferi, constituie cea mai importantă realizare. Prin valoarea pe care fiecare o aduce, “Crestem copii fericiti” (este numele asociatiei de părinti) , părintii sunt parteneri si ne multumesc, iar profesorii evoluează constant, fiind constienti de nevoile copiilor. Am stabilit împreună valorile care ne unesc, promovăm reusitele elevilor, căutăm solutii pentru orice provocare si suntem parteneri seriosi în orice demers ne angajăm.
I am Claudia Chiru
Primary School Teacher Bucharest Founder SAGA Kid & SAGA Association
Claudia Chiru is an educator, she teaches in a public school in Bucharest, School No. 195 in Titan, she consider herself as being „designed” to get things done, self driven and determined, sociable and organized with a positive attitude and agreat capacity of adaptation. In 2013 she founded, and heads since, the Alternative School for Applied Thinking – SAGA Kid in Bucharest, an NGO that provides after-school programs for children aged 6 -12 years and supports kids that are healthy, eager but without financial support. Her latest project is an Erasmus Plus European Project called “Over the Bridge”, “a bridge” between Oxford and Bucharest that brought a new manner of teaching mathematics through developing a powerful capacity.
I am Claudia Badiu
Primary School Teacher Founder @ Pictezstele Association
Pasionată de educatie si de modul în care educatia poate schimba societatea. Îmi place mult să citesc, să urc pe munti si să petrec timp în natură. Prezentarea sustinuta: Predarea bazată pe atasament si construirea strategiei didactice în acord cu pasiunile si preferintele elevilor. Construirea fragmentelor de lectie si a fiselor de lucru tinând cont de interesele elevilor. Exemple de astfel de materiale aplicate la clasă.
I am Father Constantin Necula
PhD in Theology, Board Member @ Romanian-Finnish School Sibiu
I am Ruxandra Manea
Alumni Ewha Womens University, South Korea Coordinator @ Aspire for Teachers
Ruxandra has a Magna cum Laude diploma from Ewha Womens University, one of the biggest women universities in South Korea. During her stay in Korea she got inspired by the Korean education system and the decided to come back home to Romania and invest time and energy in the education reform. Until recently was associate professor at University of Bucharest, Korean Department and in 2015 she co-founded Aspire for Teachers, an organisation that aims to train teachers from public schools in Romania. Ruxandra is passionate about education and bringing a positive change in the world. She has an extensive experience both in NGOs and business and hopes that the meeting between the two field of experience will help her have a positive impact in the society. Ruxandra has a young daughter and thinks that her experience as a mother gave her an extensive understanding of the world and new meanings to the concept of education. Ruxandra will present about how they decided to found Aspire for Teachers, which are the objectives, milestones and challenges.
I am Larisa Popescu
President @ Lume Bună Association
Initiator and coordinator of non-formal education programs since 2011 – all of them are still active in the present. The main objective of all these educational programs is to encourage the creativity and development of children's emotional intelligence. I believe that "learning with joy" is the only way in which we can bring motivation and enthusiasm to the educational process. I will present a new project, launched by The Lume Buna Associaton this year: The “Creative in the village” Magazine, its main thematic area being education through culture. The project is currently implemented in 8 villages and has more than 200 children as beneficiaries. The children will create magazines and in this way they will promote the values and traditions of the villages they are living in and also they will develop creativity, communication skills and teamwork. I will present a new project, launched by The Lume Buna Associaton this year: The "Creative in the village" Magazine its main thematic area being education through culture. The project is currently implemented in 8 villages and has more than 200 children as beneficiaries. the children will create magazines and in this way they will promote the values and traditions of the villages they are living in and also will develop creativity, communication skills and teamwork.
I am Catalina Baci
Manager @ Școala din Grădină
Project manager of the School in a Garden concept and PhD student at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca. A loving nature person who strongly believes that children can learn countless things about nature, in nature. And this is the main reason for the School in a Garden project.
I am Catalina Rusu
MEd Student University of Turku
A teacher and a human being with a dream of contributing in the best way she can to the educational system of her country. Former translator and radio presenter, I am a communicative person who values sharing, empathy and responsibility. I love researching, delving deep into aspects I feel the world might need to know more about and be at service to people. I sing in my free time and I do that mostly with kids – it’s amazing what music can do for one’s learning and emotional development. I also write children stories.
I am Cristi Danilet
National coordinator of EDUIURIS – „Legal education for children and teenagers Project”
Author of the first manual on legal education available free of charge into Romanian and English on www.educatiejuridica.ro. Judge since 1989. Councilor of the minister of justice in 2005-2007. Member of Romanian Judicial Council in 2011-2016. Speech: The lack of elementary information about legal issues is too big for Romanian citizens. The number of minors involved in criminal cases, as authors or as victims, has increased. There is a need of legal and juridical education in our school.
I am Maria Kovacs
Project manager-Fundatia Noi Orizonturi /New Horizons Foundation
I have been coordinating the Community Schools programme of New Horizons Foundation for over 2 years, within which time we set up a network of community schools, and have provided support (training, consultancy, financial support) to 30 schools – both primary and secondary, in rural as well as urban settings - in 19 counties of Romania. As such, I have been working closely with school principals and other members of the school boards, as well as teachers and other stakeholders in education.In my presentation and workshop, I will be sharing experiences and lessons learnt mainly from this programme. I trained as a teacher (geography and EFL), and taught English at all levels of education,mostly secondary in a school in Cluj. In 2000, I moved to the NGO sector to work in educational programmes (among which probably the most significant was the international Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking programme). In 2002, I became a teacher trainer, and besides teachers, I have trained teacher trainers, school principals,school inspectors, school mediators, curriculum developers, etc. in various regional,national and international projects. I have done consultancy work for government institutions and international NGOs in Romania and other developing countries. In the last approx. 15 years, I have also done research (education policy, teacher training). I will be sharing our experience and learning from a holistic approach to school development in Romania. Specifically, I will focus on two tools: a self-assessment tool for community schools leading to building a school development strategy together with community stakeholders, and a needs analysis tool for the professional development of the teachers’ community in the schools
I am Emiliana Dovan-Zaharia
Smart Educational Solutions Business Manager Telekom Romania
I am Emiliana, I have over 10 years experience in written press. At the age when I could follow the road of stability, I accepted a new challenge, the position of Smart Educational Solutions Business Manager in Telekom. I do not believe in the labels, I enthusiastically embrace the corporate position, I'm a coffee and good goals fan. In almost two years as the Business Development Manager at Adservio, I feel that I’vechanged a little the way that education in made in more than 20 schools andkindergartens in Romania. To have a better and a modern education in Romania is themost important project in which I can be involved. I feel that it’s a real honor for me to do this.
I am Petronela Petrea
School Principal "Valea Lupului" School Iasi & Scout Leader
I was having a normal life, being a mathematics teacher in my village since I finished my studies. Reaching the age of 40, I was telling myself that after all this work I should start leading a life of comfort – and then the challenge that changed my life completely came:a scout leader invited me to help him found a scout center in our village. I said yes, but I didn’t know what expected me. And since then, the adventure keeps going on, making me constantly getting out of my comfort zone: sleeping in tent, going on the mountain with the children, following and giving training all over the world and trying to bring non-formal educational methods in the school. I don’t have special achievements that stand out, but I am trying more and more to make my school more and more friendly and performant, implementing diverse methods and activities that complete the formal process of learning and make the assimilation of information a pleasure to the children. I am working hard to change the collective of teachers and the entire local community to have an open vision on education and the fact that things are changing slowly is my biggest achievement. Speech :The role of Valea Lupului School in our community and what is motivating me in my job.
I am Lucian Ciolan
Professor of Educational Policy & Research, Dean University of Bucharest
I am professor of educational policy and research at University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and I am especially interested in behavioral influence through public policies and learning experiences. I am part of an international network of professionals: International Centre for Policy Advocacy, based in Berlin, and also member of European Educational Research Association Council, as president of ARCE – Romanian Educational Research Association (www.arced.ro).
I am Mihaela Enache
Personal Development Group Facilitator @Seeding Knowledge Foundation
Mihaela Enache spune despre ea că trei dintre superputerile ei sunt flexibilitatea, zâmbetul și empatia. Are o experiență de 10 ani în învățământ în calitate de consilier școlar și de 2 ani ca facilitator al grupurilor de dezvoltare personală pentru părinții și copiii din cadrul Seeding Knowledge Foundation. Absolventă a Facultății de Psihologie și Științele Educației din cadrul Universității București și a masterului Consiliere școlară și dezvoltarea carierei, în prezent este psihoterapeut în formare.
I am Vasile Brasovanu
Institutional Relations Specialist @Teach for Romania
Valorile care îl definesc sunt echilibrul, onestitatea și dorința de a învăța, spune Vasile Brasovanu. Cu o experiență de 7 ani în lucrul cu tinerii, copiii, profesorii și părinții, a fost timp de 2 ani învățător, cu sprijinul programului Teach for Romania. Din 2016 se ocupă de formarea academică pentru copiii din mediul primar, bursieri ai Seeding Knowledge Foundation, iar de un an este în stafful echipei Teach for Romania, ocupându-se de relațiile și parteneriatele instituționale ale organizației. Crede într-o perspectivă globală asupra unui proces educațional de calitate, de aceea a urmat de-a lungul anilor diverse cursuri, atât cu traineri de buiness, cât și psihologi, profesioniști din educație la nivel național sau international.
I am Florin Radulescu
Partner @ Ascendis
I am Aurel Graur
School Inspector @School Inspectorate of Prahova County
Teacher of physics from about 30 years, headmaster, teacher trainer from 2000 and school inspector from 2004. Working with pupils and teachers for setting up educational projects, mainly based on European funding: Comenius, Life-Long-Learning and Erasmus+ programmes but also ACES and EEA. Project coordinator for more than 10 such projects for the School Inspectorate of Prahova County. Networking with partners and former partners from many European universities, schools, inspectorates, companies and NGO’s. I had direct contact of almost all educational systems in Europe. - Member of Pestalozzi Network of Trainers (Pestalozzi is the Council of Europe in-service training programme for specialists in Education), Pestalozzi trainer for new media literacy, Coordinator of the 130th European Seminar (CoE 2011 0502-0506 Bad Wildbad) - "Young people's practices of new media (Web 2.0)". Delivering training courses for Eruditus Association in the framework of Erasmus+ programme in Norway, Germany, Switzerland and Romania, having as subject “Coping with Web 2.0 technology -a challenge for contemporary education”. Speech: Robots are the most dynamic tools used in industry. Artificial intelligence will change the economic landscape in very few years from now on. Most of the jobs of the future will be directly linked with robots. So, let’s find out how they work, using a robotic kit form LEGO: Mindstorms EV3, specially designed for beginners in that field.
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