Our aim is to reflect on the new landscapes for Independent Schools.
We consider landscapes as a metaphor for educational systems with their own identity, composed of various elements and layers. To understand a landscape we have to
- take note of the individual and the community;
- operate in a diversity of scales;
- take into account existing relationships (individual and group);
- integrate essential new knowledge.
Independent schools are self-organized educational systems, continually adapting and evolving, influenced by external and internal pressures: political, economic, demographic, cultural, sociologic, cultural, epistemological, psychological, cognitive, societal, legal … etc.
Independent schools are constantly striving to improve their performance by innovative
interaction with their environment.
A key element of the independent sector is autonomy: the ability to be an alternative, to constitute
an optional choice. Being an alternative is developed in the belief that education is only possible
within certain values, “Bildung” and empathy.
- take advantage of opportunities presented;
- adapt to the boundaries imposed by every day life.
Independent schools reflect on:
- the nature of the relationship established with students and their families, teachers and
- other educators and with the educational administration (central or regional);
- their framework of values;
- how their skills and knowledge are managed and developed.
Independent schools develop their individual identities, composed by their own particular elements and layers.
Society should embrace these landscapes and acknowledge independent schools as true reservoirs of hope.
AGM/ MCM meeting
The formal Annual General Meeting and round table (open for members only) will take place on Saturday 20 April 2013 from 09H00 till 12H00.
The AGM and Conference will take place in the Hague, the Netherlands in
NH Atlantic Den Haag
2554 EL the Hague
phone: + 31 70 448 24 82
Registration can be done on line only, here: www.ecnais.org/wp/25th_conference
It is very important that we receive your registration no later than March 20th.
|Thursday 18 April 2013|
|08.45 – 09.15||Welcome and registration|
|09.15 – 10.30||Opening of the Conference
|10.30 – 11.00||Coffee-break|
|11.00 – 12.30||Dr. Alan Flintham, research associate of the National College for School Leadership, Great Britain
|13.00 – 14.00||Lunch|
|14.00 – 15.30||Dr. Geoff Newcombe, the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales Limited, Australia
|15.30 – 16.00||Coffee-break|
|16.00 – 17.30||Dr. Sylvia Eyzaguirre, Asesora Ministro de Educación, Chile
|18.00||Cocktail with representatives from schools|
|19.30 – 22.30||Dinner at the hotel restaurant|
|Friday 19 April 2013|
|09.00 – 12.00||School visit|
|12.30 – 13.30||Return of participants to the hotel|
|14.30 – 16.00||Two examples reflecting the developments of the Dutch system of freedom of education
|16.00 – 16.30||Coffee-break|
|16.30 – 18.00||Prof. Geert ten Dam, President of the Education Council of the Netherlands
Closure of the Conference
|19.30 – 22.30||Official anniversary conference dinner|
|Saturday 20 April 2013|
|09.00 – 12.00||Formal Annual General Meeting and Management Committee Meeting (open for members only)|
|12.00 – 13.00||Lunch (open for member only)|