DISCUSSION PANELS

PANEL 1: INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING

Initial teacher training overview: old problems and new challenges. Potential Common Core impacts on content and practices of pedagogy courses and degree studies. Pedagogical dimensions of teacher training: content, methodologies, skills and competences. National policy for teacher training: the role of every member of the federation and public and private higher education institutions. Liaison between education institutions, agencies that manage the educational system and basic education schools. Teacher training and specific fields of expertise: literacy, special education, youth and adult education. Transition from initial training to the exercise of teaching: internships, residencies and tutorship in schools.

PANEL 2: IN-SERVICE TEACHER TRAINING

Continuous teacher training: concept, purposes, procedures and practices. Continuous training and its connections with the student body’s space and time. Pillars for continuous training: organizing quality standards offering and assurance. Identifying expected outcomes and quality indicators for continuous training initiatives. Impacts of higher education – undergraduate and graduate diplomas – on teachers’ performance. Liaison between continuous training initiatives offered by multiple agents. The role of distance learning.

PANEL 3: TEACHERS’ ROLE ON EDUCATING 21st CENTURY CITIZENS

The desired profile for teachers in the coming decades. Professionalization: defining required competences and skills, careers, salaries and work conditions. Teachers and digital technologies. New topics for the school curriculum and social-emotional skills. Inclusion and diversity in the school environment. Innovative pedagogical practices. Equal access to initial and continuous training and its contribution for reducing social, regional and local inequalities.