Project Transformative Teacher Education for the Sustainable North (TTE) (2019-2020) aims to support activities of UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education and UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Teacher Education. The network aims at responding to the specific challenges faced by national education systems, and teacher education in particular, in the sparsely populated Arctic region, and the ‘North of the North’. Similar challenges can be also found in remote areas in the global south.
This project focuses on:
- Developing teacher education to give teachers the skills to take advantage of digitalization in teaching and learning, promote and support local cultures and use inclusive pedagogies in their everyday work
- Contributing to a better understanding of the contextual and cultural issues in education in the Arctic via engagement with local communities and especially with indigenous communities through institutional and research collaborations
- Developing educational practices that enable individual learning, respect local communities, and promote integrated learning approaches
- Promoting social justice and inclusion by acknowledging that a consistent and qualified teacher workforce integrated into the community is critical to the learning of students, the sustainability of schools and the vitality of communities
- Local summit in Norway
- Self-organized sessions and network internal meetings at FERA Conference (Finland) and at ICASS X conference (Russia)
- Preparing a book proposal for commercial publisher
- Three to four open access webinars
- Creating annual wheel of regular activities
- Collecting material and creating Resource Centre
The previous projects prior Transformative Teacher Education for the Sustainable North (TTE) are:
Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity (2017-2018) and Arctic Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity (2018-2019) aimed to explore teacher education related issues within the Arctic region, and to contribute a better understanding of the contextual and cultural issues in education in the Arctic via engagement with local and indigenous communities.
Position Statement on Arctic Pedagogy aims to explain what Arctic pedagogy is and how it can be implemented. It seeks to help teachers, policy makers and stakeholders to recognise the important aspects of education in the Arctic and in rural northern communities and to offer some examples of the implementation of Arctic pedagogy.
Special double issue of the journal Education in the North, titled "Teacher Education in the Arctic" was published open access. The issue covered themes like co-teaching, inclusive education, distance learning and indigenous education. The issue includes 15 articles written by 30 authors.
Webinars, presentations and other materials published in the projects can be found in Resource Centre. Webinars are focusing on themes like inclusive educational practices, or indigenous languages and education.
A new intern, Malla Örn, has been hired to work in the UNITWIN Network and UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity.
UArctic thematic Network Teacher Education and UNITWIN/UNESCO network on Teacher Education are organizing a webinar as part of UN International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019.
FERA Conference will be held in November 21-22, 2019 in Joensuu, Finland. Theme of the conference is “Learning landscapes are evolving – what of it?”
Conference event “Including the North: Indigenous Languages and Inclusion Policies in Education” was held in Arctic Science Summit Week 2019, on May 28, 2019. The event was successful and it highlighted the issues of education in circumpolar north. The event contributed to UN International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019.