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 Mireia Montané Tuca, Ph.D.

Current position: Director of Center of International Educational Programs, Catalonia College of Arts, Letters and Sciences, and President of Knowledge Building in Action nonprofit corporation

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Phone: +34 93 412 49 07 / +34  93 430 40 71 / E-mail: mireiamontane@me.com



Mireia Montané

Mireia Montané is a prolific author and researcher, and has served as an administrator, teacher, and teacher trainer in public school systems, and as a facilitator for convergences in education, technology, culture and languages.

Dr. Montané is the President of Knowledge Building in Action, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization headquartered in the U.S. and working world-wide. She had served for 30 years in the Catalonia Department of Education in a similar capacity for all public instruction in Catalonia.  For the past ten years, she had served as the Director of International Cooperation and Scientific Studies at the ministry level, and was directly responsible for creating, growing and nurturing the Knowledge Building International Project (KBIP) network for schools throughout Catalonia. The KBIA CSCL model based was formulated on the five-year track record of working with partnered PreK-12 classrooms in KBIP in three main countries - Spain (Catalonia), China (Hong Kong), Canada (Quebec) - and other countries such as Singapore, Mexico and Colombia. The model´s blueprint  was created by replicating a highly-tested systematically-studied strategy created by an international network of – multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, scientists and engineers and including educators and policymakers from throughout the world – coming together to develop projects for scaling and sustaining Knowledge Building and CSCL practices in primary and secondary education. Hong Kong has taken the lead to create an educational model within the macro context of educational reform for “learning how to learn”. The Centre of Information and Technology in Education at the University of Hong Kong sponsors the School-University Partnership, funded by the Ministry of Education, to engage schools in new projects for pedagogical and technological improvements. These facilitate the growth of the meso-structure of a teacher network in which researchers and engineers work with practitioners to advance theory, pedagogy and analyses of knowledge creation in collaborative environments through the use of tested and refined technology. The partnership started by sponsoring teachers working on the implementation of Knowledge-Building methodology in Hong Kong schools. Schools in mainland China, primarily in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, became part of the network and recently created CSCL classrooms in selected schools in response to China´s National Outline for Medium and Long-term Education Reform and Development (2010-2020). Other governments with the political will to fund Knowledge-Building practices in primary and secondary education classrooms include, to a lesser degree, Finland and Norway. In 2006, the Catalonia Government did an extensive evaluation of seven school-based centers that engaged a model similar to the KBIA CSCL Model in their classrooms. The report is available upon request. Borrowing from the School-University Partnership experience, on which the KBIP model was based,the KBIA CSCL Model was adapted to foster technology-enhanced learning environments that support deep learning, educator training and professional development, and foster partnerships among CSCL classrooms.  Dr. Montane is currently the Director of International Collaborations of the Catalonia College of Arts, Letters and Sciences.

Dr. Montané has been the single most important fact in the success of the Knowledge Building International Project in her ability to organize teacher training, bring technology into the classrooms in Catalonia, and replicating the university-school partnership to the local classroom level. For over a decade, Dr. Montane was able to support this activity through her position as the Director of International Cooperation and Scientific Research at the Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the governing body for all education in one of 17 autonomous communities in Spain.  Here she was responsible for advising the Minister of Education and Vice President of the state´s governing body regarding international and domestic educational issues, including aligning teaching and learning in Catalonia in accordance with European Union standards. She has published several books on teaching language in primary and secondary schools, on the evaluation of the educational systems, and on teacher training, collaborating as a contributing author for several education-related books, journals, bulletins and magazines. She was responsible for coordinating the reform of secondary education and vocational training, with experimental classroom teaching that led to the formulation of local laws and ordinances for education in Catalonia, and created the Commission assessment that formed the basis for the Higher Council for Education in Catalonia, serving as Executive Secretary. She also drafted the preliminary quality indicators and standards for the education system in Catalonia according to the OECD

Contributing her knowledge and expertise to bodies of research, Dr. Montané served as a member of the Expert Working Group for UNESCO´s EuroMed-2030 study on the long term challenges for the Mediterranean area, promoting constructive engagement, collaborations and relationship-building between Europe and the Mediterranean nations of Northern Africa to examine trends, tensions and transitions in the Euro-Mediterranean space. She has been devoted to the training of teachers in primary and secondary education, and has led programming sponsored by Teachers Associations as well as with the College of Doctors and Graduates of Catalonia, universities in Catalonia, Spain and the rest of Europe, and has lectured in the U.S. and Canada on educational innovation and teacher training. She has served as the President of the Association of Teacher Educators in Europe and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of ATEE. She has conducted research studies on the evaluation of students' basic skills in collaboration with international organizations such as the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), and has created educational networks at European schools and universities, especially in the field of teacher training and educational innovation. Dr. Montané is a member of the Education Commission of UNESCO and Board President of the College of Doctors and Graduates in Arts and Sciences in Catalonia. Her educational background is in Education (Ph.D.) Pedagogy, Philology and Linguistics.

Her publications include:

 “Education and Culture in Teacher Training Education in Europe. A dialogue among educators to share knowledge”,  European Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe.

European Professional Development for Teachers – School-based programming promoting European citizenship”, Spanish Academy of Arts and Sciences

A Social Pedagogical Approach to Learning”, Pineda Foundation

International networks promoting community learning environments”, XIII Pedagogical Journal

Teachers Professional Development and Global Cooperation”, ATEE 25th Annual Congress, Trimestral Bulletin of the Catalonia College of Arts and Letters

Linguistic Diversity”, Commissioned by the University Forum of Barcelona, 2004

Towards active citizenship. Connecting young citizens across Europe and the world”, commissioned by the European Commission CONNECT Initiative

Imagine education for the XXI Century”,  Fòrum 2004. Aula, núm 102, juny 2001

Connected classrooms: creating the school of the future through participation in the Universal Forum of Cultures/ Un modèle pour l’école de l’avenr: Les communautés d’apprentissage du Pojet éducatif du Forum universel des cultures”,  Canadian Education Association

Communaté éducative et coopération internationale. Come migliorare il Progetto Educativo Europeo della mia scuola?“, IDIS                                        

Comenius Acción 1. Evaluación. Creating a Culture of Quality and Credibility for European Educational Programming”, European Projects, OEI/European Commission

The ATEE, International Network of Innovation in Education”, Col.legi Review, 1998

The Expectations Questionnaire’s Eight Skill Categories. How do Teachers and Parents Rank Them? Why Should Young Children Learn?” Teacher and Parent Views in 15 Countries, ed. Collaborator with David P. Weikart, High/Scope Press

New Strategies for Teachers in the XXI Century,” Col·legi Oficial de Doctors

Catalonia – European pioneer in International Educational Networks,” Col·legi Oficial de Doctors i llicenciats en Filosofia i Lletres i en Ciències de Catalunya.

Evaluating Primary Education”,  Instituto Nacional de Calidad y Evaluación (INCE), Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Madrid, 1997.

 “Professional Development for European Teachers - Sòcrates/Comenius networks and programmes”,   Departament d’Ensenyament y el Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia and the European Commission.                                    

The European Dimension in Secondary Education for Teachers and Teacher Educators”, by the Network of Teacher Training Institutions (RIF)

The European Dimension of Professional Development for Secondary School Teachers”, Bureau d’Échanges de jeunes  de la Comissió de les Comunitats Europees (BESCE Task Force). 

Evaluating Innovation in Education – Plans for experimentation in secondary education reform”, Comissió Tècnica d’Avaluació. Deapartament d’Ensenyament, Barcelona, 1991.

 “Language in Communication – Innovation in Teaching Spanish Language and Literature”, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. Subdirección General de Perfeccionamiento del Profesorado Madrid

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