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A Hundred Years of Teacher Education

Levinsky College of Education announces of holding an International Education Conference on Teacher Education and Musical Education to be held on December 10-12, 2012 at Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel-Aviv, on the occasion of the College's centennial.

The conference will host overseas visiting lecturers and Israeli leading researchers and theoreticians, including:
•Prof. Donaldo Macedo, senior lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, theoretician, expert on languages and education whose theory on critical pedagogy during the last two decades has greatly affected the formation of education in the U.S.
•Prof. Arthur Levine, former President of the Teachers College at the Columbia University and senior professor at Harvard University, U.S., currently heading the prestigious American Woodrow Wilson Foundation which supports education and teachers' training at schools and higher education out of deep awareness of cultural versatility and American current educational needs.
•Prof. Heidi Westerlund, Finland, an expert on the philosophy of musical education.
•Prof. Maria Brisk, U.S., an international expert on bilingual education and literacy and head of the Program for Teacher Education in Boston College.
•Prof. Frances Rust, Teaching, Learning and Leadership Dept., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.
•Prof. Liora Bresler, U.S., an expert on education and music and researcher in interdisciplinary areas such as the meeting point between the various arts and art education.
•Prof. Christopher Clark, Division of Leadership and Innovation, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA.

The conference includes symposiums and panels of researchers and practitioners from Israel and abroad. The emphasis is on various aspects of novelty and research in education and teacher education in various areas, such as technology, mathematics, language, sciences, and the future education system.

The conference will host a Start-up competition for promoting start-ups. The competition, the first of its kind in Israel, is designed for entrepreneurs from Israel and abroad who wish to present innovative technological developments before education proponents, investors and venture capital funds. The winners will be granted monetary prizes and academic research support. A visiting lecturer in this panel is high tech entrepreneur Yanki Margalit, founder of Aladdin Knowledge Systems and several social projects.

Conference Topics

Discourse, research and innovation in education and teacher education:
•Discourse in Education:Dialogue and communication among various groups; educational dialogue as a means of change and empowerment in a changing pluralistic society; discourse analysis in various contexts – in preschool, in the classroom, in schools, in society; perception of personal, professional and cultural identity based on discourse analysis.
•Innovative Methodology: Relevant research genres in education; the role of research in professional development of teacher educators, teachers and student teachers; the relationship between research and practice in education.
•Innovation in Education:Exceptional projects to promote various domains in education; innovative educational models; technological innovations such as innovative collaborative learning models and their role in education; creation of a learning community; conflicts created by technology; cooperation in a global world through technology; multicultural education in an era of change; the changing face of literacy in school and society; educational-social involvement in the community; teacher-parent-pupil attitudes and relations; innovation and renewal in teacher education.

For additional clarifications, please contact Prof. Hanna Ezer: Tel: 03-6902422.

At the top of the proposal please note which of the three aforementioned topics your proposal is addressing.

Music education: Tradition and change
The School of Music Education at the Levinsky College of Education focuses on research and practice in music education, and invites both scholars and practitioners to participate. Conference submissions will include research and exemplary projects related to the discourse on music education. Abstract topics include but not limited to the following:
•Historical aspects of music education
•Innovation in music education
•Music education and cognition
•Music education in multi-cultural societies

We welcome empirical and theoretical studies, as well as projects of excellence. For further details please contact: School of Music Education, Levinsky College of Education: 03-6902470.

A historical-developmental perspective of education:
The Israeli Association for the Study of the History of Education, headed by Prof. Yacov Iram and Prof. Yuval Dror, is hosting its fourteenth annual meeting as part of the international Conference on Education and Teacher Education.

This meeting is open to lectures on an array of topics relevant to historical perspectives on innovation, discourse and research in education in both Israel and in the Diaspora.

For further information, please contact Nava Eisin in the Education Archives, Tel: 03-6408464 or Prof. Yuval Dror, Tel: 03-6408853.

Technology start-up presentations in education:
Creative developers are invited to submit proposals for innovative and unique start-up projects that incorporate technology in education in the following areas:
•Computer software for fostering learning and thinking in formal and informal learning settings.
•Websites to foster various aspects in education (specific disciplines, various art forms and other areas such as social and emotional skills)

Proposals can be submitted for start-ups for which development was completed anywhere between three months and two years prior to the submission deadline and which are now fully operational. The proposal must be submitted as a written abstract of up to 300 words, David 12-point font, 1.5 line spacing. Abstract structure: start-up goals, rationale, target population, brief description of the start-up, importance and implications for education. Please attach the address of a website that describes the start-up or that contains information about the start-up as well as a brief biography of each developer.

The start-ups will be judged by a panel of experts, and the two top-ranking start-ups will receive an award. In addition, the winners will receive academic exposure and assistance in conducting research. The awards will be granted to the winners during the conference.